It’s been 8 months since I started running and it has been a difficult road. I’ve had my ups and downs with keeping my weight off and I had hit a major wall when it came to my running. There were moments when I would ask myself if this is even worth it. Mentally I knew it was but physically I felt like I couldn’t do it. I was filled with a lot of self doubt, anger, pity and self loathing. At that point I knew I had hit rock bottom.
What turned it around was a friend of mine invited me to run a 5k with her and even though I said yes, I was still doubting myself since I had never ran one before. A 5k is 3.1 miles and I was barely doing 2 miles and even with that I felt like I was dying. Lol. So on September 29, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. My friend and I were headed to Roosevelt Park to run it. When we got there I was intimidated by all the elite runners out there. All my friends on Facebook, my friend Sara, husband and big brother gave me so many words of encouragement that I felt better and had the confidence to stand at the starting line and finish that race. It wasn’t easy but I had the help and courage to start and finish it. That was a proud moment for me and knowing my family and friends were 100% behind me made that moment even better.
Since that race I’ve kept up with my running (I’m not perfect at it but I am slowly getting there.) and ran another 5k this past December and signed up for another one this month. I have the running fever. Lol. And since I’ve been running more frequently I have noticed a little weight has come off and I’m very happy about that. This journey has been tough and will continue to be tough, it’s all up to me. Running has definitely changed my life and there’s no turning back, if I give up I’m only giving up on myself and I refuse to let that happen. I can only get better with lot’s of hard work and dedication. Happy Running My Friends!
Thanks to Gloria for sharing her post. The original post can be found here.
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