As someone who hates to ‘exercise’ I find it surprising that I love to run. And I’m not just saying that…I REALLY LOVE TO RUN.
I recently discovered running at the age of 40 when I decided it was time to get moving and make better choices; so I joined a gym. I hated it…the only thing I remotely liked was the treadmill and that’s only because I could read a book while walking. But I was determined to get my money’s worth so I continued treadmill walking. Then one day I picked up the pace and started jogging. Soon I was alternating between walking and jogging and then it happened…I ran an ENTIRE mile nonstop. That one mile was truly was a defining moment for me. From that point on I pushed myself little by little. I left the gym, continued outdoors, and experienced a whole new running world.
I signed up for a local 2-mile run. I was so nervous and excited to participate in an official event. (Although it was labeled as a fun run and not timed…it didn’t matter to me. I was proudly entered in ‘a race’.) I started with a fun run and ended up with the running bug. I wanted more. I signed up for a 5K and then another and then a couple of 5-milers followed by a 10K. And now I’m signed up and training for my first half-marathon; the Cellcom Green Bay Half.
I continue to amaze myself that I can run. I don’t have a runner’s body, but I have a runner’s heart. There are days when I feel that 3 or 4 miles seem like an eternity, but I never regret going for a run; there are so many great runs that outweigh the not so great ones. I just think of all my runs as building blocks to my next goal. In this case it’s my first half-marathon. 13.1…..I know I can do this!
Tanya Meyer (De Pere, WI)