Here’s what I’ve learned about running:
It’s hard at first. You’re not going to take down a 5k on your first day. It’s just not going to happen. Period. However, with a little patience and practice, you can build yourself up to have speed racer stamina. You have to start off as the tortoise before you become the hare. It’s just the way it works.
I felt like death my first two weeks of running, and I even thought about giving up, but only quitters give up, and I’m not a quitter. You have to give yourself a chance before you give up on yourself. Your body needs time to adjust to the initial shock. Of course I felt like death. I went from no exercise and cupcake eating to exercising 5 days a week and eating fruit. My body had no idea what was going on and, on top of that, it was going through cupcake withdrawals. Be patient and let your body adjust. I promise you it will.
Mastering a hill takes time. It can be done, but it takes time. Your muscles need to work their way up to hill climbing. Remember that hill I spoke of last week? The hill that was taunting me? Well, I showed that hill who’s boss this week, and it was exhilarating! I kicked that hill’s bootay, and I’m darn proud of it too.
Psht, you don’t scare me any more, hill! I got this.
I also ran a mile under 10 minutes this week and only had to stop running once for a breather. I felt accomplished. I felt proud. I felt like I could do anything. Most of all, I felt confident. At that moment, I no longer feared the 5k.
Running is no longer a chore that I have to coax myself into doing.
I enjoy it. I crave it. I look forward to it.
Go out there and pound that pavement. You can do it!