This post is so very dear to my heart. Those closest to me know that running has been a long-held dream of mine that seemed out of my reach for so long. Thankfully, I am now a runner! I am still very new to running and at a beginner level, but I’m getting better!
It all began in late July when Dillon was training for Reach the Beach, an overnight relay. He set out for a run one Sunday night and for the first time ever, something completely shifted in my spirit. Previously, I would see runners out and about and automatically write it off as something I couldn’t accomplish. That Sunday evening, everything changed.
I closed my laptop, dug out some workout clothes, and tied up my four year old, beat-up Asics. I set out with the intent to merely complete the workout, with no expectation of pace or distance. My first ‘run’ was a 1.5 mile combination of walking and jogging, but I completed it and I was proud of myself. To some, that might seem like hardly a run, but it was the first step in the right direction. This little step ultimately changed my entire view of my physical ability for the better.
I started to gain more motivation to lace up my shoes and really press into this new habit. I faithfully stretched, used my foam roller, and hydrated through those hot summer days. At the beginning of August, I invested in a new pair of running shoes, my first pair of Brooks. Having structured shoes that are not overly worn has been a game changer for me!
Dillon has been a great encouragement to me through this all, joining me on a few runs and cheering me on at the finish of the others. His training for the relay in September and his completion of that achievement really fueled me to keep going! He has joined me in praying for strength, health, and continued running ability through this all. I am so grateful!
After a couple weeks of my 1.5 mile route, I branched out and completed 2 miles. I have mostly kept at the 2 mile route for the majority of my runs, but in late September I ran 2.25 miles.
Just two days after that, I hit my fastest pace yet. It had been a long, pivotal week at work and I clearly needed the stress relief that running brings! I felt so incredibly proud after that run and decided to set a goal of running 100 miles by 2018.
Last week marked my biggest running milestone to date. I ran two miles without stopping for the first time in my life. Up to that point, I mostly did interval running with walking and sprints built in. Last Thursday was the first time I ever kept a pretty steady pace and pressed through without any walking and y’all, it was so worth it!
Even on the hard days, I have found confidence in running. It is humbling and hard and beautiful and refreshing all at once. I am so incredibly grateful for the redemption I find in running and the hope it has given me to never, ever give up!
What is a personal accomplishment you are especially proud of? Share below so we can cheer each other on!