I’m a newbie to Your Turn and got acquainted with Melodie when I joined the Constantine group. I was excited to hear that a local Couch to 5K group was beginning. A year ago I officially started the Couch program. It was July 4th and I was at a party having fun. During the conversation, I mentioned that I was trying to walk/run but I wasn’t able to ever get over my problem with running. The woman I spoke with was a runner who reassured me that if I could walk, I could run. I was skeptical, but to my surprise, she offered to run with me right then; right in the middle of corn on the cob, hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad and dessert. I was actually afraid that I might not make it especially after eating. Again, she reassured me that we would only run a few seconds at time and we could stop whenever I felt the need. So right in the middle of that party, we snuck away and ran down the street. That was my first lesson in intervals. I could run 30 seconds! And I felt like a champion returning back after about 20 minutes of 30 second runs followed by 1 minute walks. That introduction was what I needed. She told me about the website and that was what I followed.
I’ve been able to stick with the program all year which has impressed my family because I’ve never been athletic-ever. Unlike Jane Fonda (yes I’m that old) when I feel the burn, I don’t enjoy it. I hate the whole work hard to get hard mentality. I’m into walks and yoga. My body is small naturally so I was always able to live with the way I looked. As I aged, the flab and body fat increased which made me self-conscious, but I still ignored my fitness. What finally motivated me to change was pain. Isn’t that often why we step out into new areas of action? I hurt enough to change. My joints ached and I felt tired all the time. I felt like I was 100 years old and it was depressing. So that’s what got me moving. Then I was introduced to the 5K program. I learned about a local yoga class so close that I couldn’t find an excuse to miss it. I surfed the web and learned about veggie drinks and smoothies. All this has been a natural process. What amazes me is that I still didn’t quit.
Today I’m in tears as I write this post. I finally achieved my goal and ran a non stop 3 miles! OK I did stop once, but only for 10 seconds after a hill. But I did it! This is a monumental achievement for me. I took a year to accomplish what most others can do in 9 weeks. But I did it! I ran so slow that it took me way longer than 30 minutes. But I did it! It was hot and muggy all summer. But I did it! It took me three attempts at the 5K program before I could hit 3 miles. But I did it! This goal is so important to me because running is my metaphor of life. I have huge obstacles I’m trying to overcome. I have so many things I want to accomplish and many of my goals are difficult ones. I have anxiety about the unknown future and risks I am taking. I’m rocking the boat and everybody notices. When I wonder if I can muster the strength and commitment to achieve my dreams, I think of running. Somehow if I can top that hill than maybe I can write that paper. When I reach a farther distance, it’s like learning something new. I don’t want to let my fear and inhibitions hold me back anymore. As I sweat and strain, I remind myself that all important achievements require sustained effort. I discover I’m stronger and more capable than I realized. This is NOT a selfish pursuit. When I feel good about myself I am better company. Today, 51 year old Carol Ryan ran 3 miles. Yeah for me! I feel the way I do when my son win’s a wrestling match. It’s a good feeling and I want you to experience it with me. Take small steps this week. Don’t get discouraged, just press forward. A pattern of healthy living is the goal. If I can do it you can too. Take as long as you need. Start over to week 1 if you feel you can’t do your schedule. The goal is to get moving. Live well today.
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