Tuesday, March 22, 2011

3 minutes to 3 miles!

About 8 months ago I began running. When i began i could run about 3 minutes (and THAT was pushing it!) I would do about 20 minutes on the treadmill and I would run 3 minutes then walk 5, then run 1 minutes, and walk another 5, etc... for between 20-30 minutes. That was such a hard thing for me to do. I dreaded getting on that treadmill because i felt like i wasn't successful. It continued that way for several months. By about month 3 I could only run about 5 minutes.

But I kept pushing! and thank the Lord I did :) Just this week, about 7 months later, I ran 3 miles. It took me about 30 minutes, which is a steady 10 minute mile (at the beginning I was running a 12-ish minutes mile). It felt incredible being able to run so far and so long!

I know so many people feel like they can't run, and at first maybe they can't, but it truly is worth the wait and effort! Every week or so I tried to push myself a little more. Once I ran so far/long I would always make sure to run that far again. So when I could run a mile, I would always run a mile after that.

At first I got really bored when running. about 5 minutes would go by and I would just want to quit. But i have pushed through that and now 30 minutes doesn't feel too bad.

I can honestly say it is so worth it! The way I feel after a run is incredible. I feel happier and more energetic. I feel like my body simply works better.

So what are you waiting for! Even if you can only run for 30 seconds, Who knows what 30 seconds could become!



Elizabeth said...

I've thought about the running thing, but swimming is really working for me! I would have a really hard time just like you explained!! Maybe a few more months of swimming and getting in better shape and I can actually run! Congrats!

SueMac said...

Erica, I loved reading your story about working up to running 3 miles, wow. I have been working out on different elypticals and the treadmill this past year, including jogging/walking intervals. You've encouraged me to keep working at jogging and seeing how long I can do it at one time!
Also, how are you doing with Kendall being overseas? I have you on my heart often and keep you and Kendall in my prayers. Please let me know if there's anything I can do for you or Kendall!
Sue McWhorter

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