I did it! I run a 10k! I loved every minute of it!

Hearten

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Hello everyone, when I start doing something I know little of, or think I will struggle achieving, it really helps me to find motivation in success stories so here goes one, I hope it gets a few arses off the couches..

I'm going to start telling you that I've never really stuck to anything, I am not very patient and I get demotivated quite quickly, I'm also a very proud person so these all in combination make me a rubbish candidate for success in any resolution I take up. I never liked sports, never mind running, I wouldn't understand why people did it really, I thought it was purely fitness obsession, to look good, I didn't realise anyone could enjoy it. And my kind of joy was in food rather than sports...

So back in the summer I met up with a woman probably at least 15 years older than me, she does 5ks, 10ks.. she told me it was really fun, she assured me "hell yes, you can do it!" When I told her I could not control my breathing when I run, she told me I'd love it, she explained how.

I thought "well, if she can do a 10k, really I should be able to do one too" but didn't do anything about that for months, later on in August we adopted a dog, I walk my Lina 3x a day, I try for one of the walks to be long, In the mountains (we are surrounded by), I let her free, she loves it, she is a 12mth old German Shepherd (she is full of energy and it makes her the best pet ever when it is drained from her), so during those hour, two hour-walks I thought a lot and I realised I could actually try running... wouldn't it be fun to run with my dog in the middle of the mountains?

Lose some weight? (That's all I thought, honestly, i am frank when I say I DID NOT FORSEE THE POSSIBILITY OF JOY).

I started from step one, the first few weeks were very hard, my breathing was really heavy, my legs were aching all over, shin splints..

The lot!

Then I did that 20 minute run in week 5, I think I didn't nail it first time, but second and third and that's when I realised this could actually be achieved, my breathing started to get better by the run, my legs too, I started to get that "high" and feel awesome after running for the rest of the day (I even made better food choices on running day), and I started to understand why people run, It has been actually a very good tool for eliminating stress and frustration and at this point I can tell you I feel great, I've done my 10k yesterday with two friends, they had not done it before, I pushed them both to it. The weather was amazing, so was the route so I insisted we run those 10k, we were all so proud of our selfs!

But the best part of all of this is that thanks to running I am happy, and honestly no longer caring about losing weight, believe me, it's better to lose the bad mood than a few kilos, which i did as well by the way..

Please try it, please take it up to week 5, even if you don't do it three times a week because you don't have the time, even if you have to repeat sessions as you struggled to get thorough them, it gets better and fun-er as the weeks go by!
 

LaMariA

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Good job! I'm so happy for you. Just goes to show that when you put your mind to something its achievable. Keep us posted on your journey
 

FitFrog

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There are certainly a lot of stories out here.. 10 year ago, I was 'on the couch'. I didn't think much about it as I was told years ago that I'd never walk again and I proved that false very quickly. I was happy with that accomplishment and the fact that I could pretty much walk wherever I wanted for as long as I wanted. A picture my stepdaughter took of me while I was sleeping on a plane woke me up - I looked pregnant. When I bought a new iPhone a little over a year ago, I saw it recording my steps and mileage and I occasionally started trying to 'up the numbers'. I looked around to see what I could do and, truth be told, it was pictures of participation medals that really got me started in this direction. Being crippled got me off to a late start so I was NEVER very good athletically and, hence, always picked last for teams in school. Getting a medal for doing something like this had a LOT of appeal to me ("Will Run For Bling").

Fortunately, I picked the baton back up when things thawed out a bit in March and re-started it. An injury in July taught me a lot about what I was doing wrong and I wasn't able to re-start running until August- though I took up bike-riding in the meantime.

I'm just looking to fill in the calendar with a good half marathon in before the end of this year, so I can try one of the many training schedules out there. Until then, I'm just keeping one foot going in front of the other..
 

Hearten

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There are certainly a lot of stories out here.. 10 year ago, I was 'on the couch'. I didn't think much about it as I was told years ago that I'd never walk again and I proved that false very quickly. I was happy with that accomplishment and the fact that I could pretty much walk wherever I wanted for as long as I wanted. A picture my stepdaughter took of me while I was sleeping on a plane woke me up - I looked pregnant. When I bought a new iPhone a little over a year ago, I saw it recording my steps and mileage and I occasionally started trying to 'up the numbers'. I looked around to see what I could do and, truth be told, it was pictures of participation medals that really got me started in this direction. Being crippled got me off to a late start so I was NEVER very good athletically and, hence, always picked last for teams in school. Getting a medal for doing something like this had a LOT of appeal to me ("Will Run For Bling").

Fortunately, I picked the baton back up when things thawed out a bit in March and re-started it. An injury in July taught me a lot about what I was doing wrong and I wasn't able to re-start running until August- though I took up bike-riding in the meantime.

I'm just looking to fill in the calendar with a good half marathon in before the end of this year, so I can try one of the many training schedules out there. Until then, I'm just keeping one foot going in front of the other..

Hello @FitFrog . That's a hell of a story, thank you for sharing it, put me in a pretty bad light tho, I was just lazy, you... You are an inspiration to me! Your effort was a lot harder than the one I put.. im very happy for you though, I hope that you continue, make good progress and feel happy!
 

SlimSlice

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Great work @Hearten ! That's just what I needed to hear (albeit still slightly apprehensive) as I'm just coming off a 2 week rest due to my sore knees. I will continue from week 10 where I last left off, which I'm slightly afraid that I'll struggle with tomorrow.

So much easier to make excuses!
 
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