Run a mile?! That’s it? Believe it or not in all my 26 years of life I have never once ran an entire mile without taking breaks to walk. I’ve never been a runner. In school P.E. class I hated the days we had to run the mile. When I first moved to San Diego I became more vested in running around the bay and on the beach and would complete several miles in one workout, but never one whole mile without walk breaks. Until now!
Over Mother’s Day weekend I did Wanderlust 108 which started with a 5k around beautiful NTC park. I was surprised by how easy it was to run and maybe it was the energy of thousands of other people running alongside me, but I was impressed by how well I kept up. I didn’t track my mileage that day so I’m not sure if I ran a whole mile without walking, but it inspired me to complete my one mile goal this May.
I chose an early morning gym sesh because the gym is usually pretty empty in the morning and I could run without a bunch of people watching. I got on the treadmill and turned the speed to 5.5 This isn’t a fast pace by any means. It’s about an 11 minute mile, but I needed to start somewhere and this felt right.
I started jogging along and kept telling myself, “you will do this” “you are doing this” “you got this”
And I did have it! I had it so good I ran TWO miles without walking!
When I felt like giving up I slowed to 5.3 and at the end I boosted it up to 6 so I could get to the two mile mark faster. Damn it felt good. Going forward I plan to incorporate running into my weekly workouts , maybe at the gym, maybe outdoors with my dog. And I’m going to aim for longer distances and faster speeds. Running is awesome!
The lesson I learned here is that just because you’ve never liked something, or never been good at something does not mean you can’t do it now, or wouldn’t be good at it now. Change your mindset, know you can, and go for it.
p.s. If you have any running tips, please comment or email me. I’d love to learn more!