The first 3.1 miles…
I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT!
I finished my first 5k! Even better than that, I ran(well jogged really) the WHOLE thing. I know to some people that may not be a big accomplishment but for me, it’s freaking HUGE!!! I never finished the whole Couch to 5k program. I got to about week six day one. Even though I didn’t get through it all, I recommend it to ANYONE who wants to start running because without it I wouldn’t have known where to begin!
I finished in 52 minutes and 18 seconds. I was so surprised with myself to make it all the way through. I had hoped that athletically I would be there but I wasn’t sure as it came down to crunch time. I almost started crying when I made it to the two mile mark at about 33 minutes. I didn’t think it would be possible that I would make it there while jogging at all. I thought somewhere around the 1.5 area I would hit my jogging limit.
From there on, it was really the mental motivation. My legs where already numb so it’s not like they hurt. I wasn’t really out of breath or wasn’t able to breath. I still had plenty of water left. I just had to mentally keep pushing myself. I would think about why I was running for Mattea and Maddox. I would think about all the shit that they’ve gone through and remember that they had been through so much more. I would lip sync along to my music as a distraction. I would tell myself, just five more minutes or just until I get to that spot and then I would extend the goal as I got closer.
I cried. The moment I crossed the finish line, I cried my eyes out. I was so proud of myself. At 270+ pounds, I jogged 3.1 miles. I can tell you that I have NEVER run a full mile without stopping in my life. In gym, I messed around and walked. It was a huge, monumental moment in my life that I will never forget!