I ran my first whole mile today. Ever.
This may not seem like a big thing to you-but to me it is monumental.
Having unmedicated asthma and severe airborne allergies-sports were never my thing.
I wanted to run, but was never successful.
The farthest I have run in the past was 440 yards. (1/4 mile / 1 time around a track)-and that was after a couple months of trying.
Now, with asthma and allergies controlled and a strong desire to succeed, I am attempting to run again. It has not been easy. I tried the Couch to 5K program. I never even made it past Week 1.
I didn't have the right shoes and got patellar tendonitus. My knee became too stiff to walk steps easily.
I gave up twice and let my body heal-and bought new shoes. I lost 10 pounds.
I have great motivators, however, via Twitter and daily mile. My friends run. 5K, 10K and half-marathons. I want that. (at least the 5K part).
This summer I have walked several times a week. Faster and Faster. I began running the short blocks here and there on my route that was flat. I increased my running. I made sure to have lots of rest days and "just walking" days.
Today, I ran a whole mile on a flat trail. I walked the mile back-telling myself the whole time to take it easy because I really wanted to run intervals back.
I am sure I will hurt tomorrow. The muscles above my ankles/lower part of shin burned the last part of the run.
It will be worth it! It felt great! I can't wait to do it again!