In fact, I was 15 lbs heavier. So running was difficult for several reasons. I was out of shape and ready to give it a try.
So by October (2011) I was done with the training and ready to run my first 5k (3.1 miles). Here I am right before the start:
I made my goal. I finished, and with a pretty good time (31 minutes).
Unfortunately, I lost all desire to run again. In fact, I lost all desire to do anything.
So fast forward to February 2012.
I had had enough. I was ready to get fit. Four kids and lots of excuses later.. I was done. So I started with the "Lose It" app. on my phone (and computer). This motivated me to watch what I ate and to actually ENTER in exercises. We renewed our membership to our local YMCA and I was set.
Starting in May I decided to start training for a triathlon. I didn't have a bike, so I focused on working on learning to swim (at least the proper technique). By July, I was able to swim 2 miles (in 70 minutes).
Last week I had a new "first." My friend Kristen (who is training for a marathon) asked me to run some 400m sprints with her. Speed drills, she said. Like an idiot, I said yes. While I hated it toward the end, I LOVED it when we finished. I felt great. I didn't feel any faster (haha), but I knew it would help me later.
all sweaty after the sprinting.
And then today, I ran 6 miles. I know that seems like it's not a lot for some, but for me it's HUGE. Especially when this time last year I could barely run for one minute without needing a breather. Today, I ran for 61 minutes. And then I came home and mapped out my next run: 8 miles. And even though I know that it will be a killer goal for me, I am super excited to do my best.
I'll have to keep you posted on the triathlon. The "not having a road bike" is really holding me up. But I will continue my training. And I may actually run a half marathon (13.1 miles) by the end of the year.
I am just amazed. Not only did I lose weight.. but I can now say that I am "fit." And I feel it. And at 34.. I am loving it!
Do you have any fitness goals you are training for? Tell me, so I can get some good ideas!