About a year ago a friend inspired me to try running not only for my physical health, but mental and emotional health too. Me running? That was my first thought. I haven’t been actve for years. Could I really run without collapsing?
For about 9 years I was unable to be active because of health issues. We even stopped vacationing because it was not enjoyable because we couldn’t explore and have fun like we should on a vacation. My health was slowly starting to turn around after going through years of countless procedures, tests, and major surgeries. However, my journey continues with the aftermath of my health issues. I needed something to help me release stress and emotions. Why not give running a try? It really worked for my friend. So a year ago I tried an app called “Couch to 5 K”. I thought it was a fantastic concept to try to get me slowly into running. Well, one sunny morning last spring I tried it. It didn’t go well. I lasted maybe 10 minutes. I was huffing and puffing. Thought I was going to pass out. I just came home. That night I went to stand up and pain just threw me back into my chair. That was the end of running, I physically was unable to run, but I did not give up. Instead of running, I walked just to get outside and moving. Being outside in nature with ear plugs listening to music was just what I needed to help me clear my head.
It has been 8 months since my last surgery and yesterday morning I thought..time to try running again. I have been doing yoga which has been a positive experience for me. Now I wanted to try to get back outside with nature. I pressed “Start” on my app (Couch to 5 K) and was off. Could I do it?
YES!!!!!! I DID IT! I got through Day 1. A sense of accomplishment swept over me. I smiled ear to ear the rest of the day. Over the years I have learned NEVER GIVE UP!