Operation Skinny Jeans: Holy crap I ran a mile

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Holy crap I ran a mile

Yep, you read that right. I did.

Yes, two weeks ago I was really excited that I ran two minutes in a row lol.

Last night at the gym we were on the treadmill and I wanted to meet my April goal of running for 5 minutes. As I hit 5 minutes, I saw I was really close to 1/2 a mile (like at .3) so I wanted to run half a mile. I kept going and once I hit half a mile, I was pretty close to 10 minutes of straight running so I figured I would keep going.

10 minutes came and went and I was so close to .75 miles that I decided to just do it. Why stop? I was so close and I felt good. I was breathing heavy (duh) but I wasn't dying. I just kept going and at .9 miles I got the worst cramp in my side. I just kept my eyes straight ahead and kept going. At one point, I was holding my side but I didn't stop.

When I hit 1 mile, tears started streaming down my face. I didn't actually believe that I did it. Here is a fun little history of me and running. In 7th grade, we had to run the mile for the first time. I couldn't run it. As I went through middle and high school, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't do it. I could never do it. I have never been a strong runner. No one ever taught me how to breathe while running so I never was able to do it.

I think mostly I didn't believe I could do it. And after high school I never tried. Well, I graduated high school 8 years ago this spring, so I figured I should try again.

Here is my point. Don't ever think that you can't do something. I am really starting to believe that changing your body is 100% about changing your mind. I can now say, with absolute certainty, that if you think you can do something, you really can. You are the only thing holding you back.

I am 250 pounds. Up until 2 weeks ago I couldn't run for more than 2 minutes without stopping. I just ran for 17 minutes and 8 seconds straight, an entire mile, without stopping. You can do it. I can do it! WE CAN DO IT. I am letting go of my fear. Let go of yours.


Also- before you leave, check out my NatureBox giveaway :D

88 comments :

  1. Woo-Hoo! Way to go, Jess! That is awesome - you are a rock star. Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  2. That is awesome!!! <3 I want to start run but I have yet to get off my butt and do it...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Way to go, girl!! As your words were being absorbed the joy you felt radiated from them! The capacity in which you are embracing you journey is absolutely brilliant and completely inspiring. Thank you for sharing your good news!!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. That is awesome! Just starting reading your blog and I can so identify with you. This is a goal of mine too - way to go!

    ReplyDelete
  5. That is amazing! CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is the best feeling!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great Job!!!! Congratulations!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. wow!!! How inspiring, keep up the great work :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. I AM SO SO SO SO STINKING PROUD OF YOU! THIS IS AMAZING SWEETHEART!!!! I remember when I ran my first mile without stopping only about a month ago and that feeling was amazing... and I cried, too! I am giving you big virtual hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Congrats girl!!! I remember running my .5mile then a mile and now 2, its an amazing feeling!!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm follower number 200 here via SkinnyMeg. You are seriously inspirational!! Congratulations! I struggle with running myself, so I know how big this is and you should be so proud!! Heck, I just started following and I'm so very proud for you!! I can't wait to follow the rest of your journey.

    ReplyDelete
  11. That is so cool!!!! I remember when I started running and 2 minutes seemed like an eternity. Isn't it funny how breating is so key? I found that too, if I control my breathing it is so much easier!!! Keep going.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Congrats! SkinnyMeg sent me over. I ran for a full 5min during my C25K training this week. 2 wks ago I was happy about getting through 2 minutes. I have day 2 of week 4 today. Totally inspired to try and see what I can do. I just have to win this mind battle.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I am sitting at work with tears streaming down my face. So proud of you! Thank you for the inspiration!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. BEST POST! Every girl that is on this journey or other fitness goals should read this. You are TRUELY AMAZING! And soooo right! Dont let fear rule you! I wish you could just go national with this post and feeling and awesomeness. Believe in yourself! You did it! I did it! Lots of women (awesome women) have done it and posted online to share and inspire us! YOU ARE PART OF THAT!!! AWESOME job GIRL! I remember the feel the first time i did. And JUST HOW HARD I WAS BREATHING! I am with you there! :) HANG IN THERE! You are doing GREAT! I am sooo excited for you! SO IMPRESSED AND INSPIRED!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. So proud of you girl!! Amaaaazing job!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Awesome post! I cried. Thanks for the inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  17. WORK IT GIRL!!! Best feeling EVER, right?!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. So love this post! I'm not a great runner, so I don't do it that often, but I do get the feeling that you did, when you accomplish something that you told yourself you couldn't....congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Excellent Job! What an accomplishment! :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Congrats!! Its a wonderful feeling!!! Keep up the great work!! Your awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  21. You rock! I am also new to running and understand completely about not letting your mind control your body. Keep up the awesome work!

    ReplyDelete
  22. That's absolutely fantastic! It's got to be such an empowering feeling. I'm still working on being able to run a half a mile. Way to push yourself!

    ReplyDelete
  23. This is amazing! And completely inspiring! You definitely have a new follower! :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Awesome!!! You go girl!! I just signed up for my first 5k and right now I can run for 2 minutes - you just gave me the confidence to try for more tonight!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Congrats! and ditto, I am adding you to my Feedly... :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. AMAZING! It just gets better every time you hit another marker on the "I could never" scale of life. You can do this... I don't even have any words... just AMAZING!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wow, GO JESS! I teared up a little reading that. I had this same moment last summer so I know how you feel. I was never able to run a mile straight either! I'm so proud of you!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Congrats! Isn't it amazing what our bodies are capable of?

    ReplyDelete
  29. Awesome! I am on week 4 of C25k and it's still hard to run 5 mins.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I still can't figure out how to breathe..I feel like I'm going to pass out. Any tips?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I used to just hold my breath and gasp in a big breath when I felt like dying, I don't recommend that haha. I pace my breaths now, breathing in for two steps, out for two steps. When I feel like I am getting off breath, I try to breathe slow and deep for 3-4 steps, then back out for two until I get it back under control. NO CLUE if that's right, thats just what I have figured out.

      Delete
  31. SkinnyMeg's IG post about your mile got me here, but your story will keep me coming back! I'm so proud of you. I have been there. I was the very last person to finish a mile my freshman year in high school. I walked 90% of it. The fact is you could've stopped at any point, but you didn't! And that's awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  32. This is amazing! Congrats! Me running a mile = walking for half of it, lol.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Love love love this post today. I am trying to get back into running too and ran my first mile a couple of weeks ago and damn it felt good! I am now up to 1.15 and am trying to prepare for my first 5k! Who would ever think that I would do that?? It's crazy. And yes I have found out that it is so mental. You just have to push push push and you will be amazed at what your body can do. I have let go of my fears too and yes we can do this! Before you know it we will be up to 2 miles.

    ReplyDelete
  34. YAY!!!!! That is so exciting. Way to push it. The most exciting part of this post is how you only wanted to run for a certain amount of time and then you KEPT going. That is FREAKING amazing. Congrats girlie.

    ReplyDelete
  35. So proud of you! Keep it up! So inspirational! Found you thanks to SkinnyMeg! ;) <3

    ReplyDelete
  36. This post was such an inspiration for me today! I am doing the couch to 5K program and I am at the end of week 5. Today I had to run for 20 minutes straight with no running in between. I kept telling myself I couldn't do it. I read this post this morning and it is what kept me going through my run. And I did it!! I finished the 20 minute run with your help. Thank you so much!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hey i just purchased an add spot a few hours ago. It says its live now, but I am not seeing it. Please email me at LifeByLex @ gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  38. "if you think you can do something, you really can. You are the only thing holding you back." ... love this and needed to hear it today... thank you!! Great job =)

    ReplyDelete
  39. Hi I just found you through SkinnyMeg. You are a rock star! I can relate to this in so many ways. I did my first 5k this past weekend & it. was. hard. I only ran about half of it and I was the last of our group to finish, even though I was the only one that actually trained for it. I am proud that I finished but couldn't help but be a little disappointed in myself. Thank you so much for sharing and being honest! You have me in tears and have motivated me to just keep going! Thank you again & Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Goose bumps and tears. Thank you so much for posting this!!! I'm going to go home and run after work tonight.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Girl, I don't even know you and I'm proud of you! You're doing wonderful and I'm so inspired =)

    ReplyDelete
  42. Well... I don't know you and I couldn't be more proud of you! This post makes me want to get to the track NOW and try, try, try! I have those same memories of grade school (except I had the gym teacher in my ear) and I gave up and never tried again. UNTIL NOW! Keep it up!

    ReplyDelete
  43. AMAZING! So proud! You are an inspiration to me. I was the same way in high school and I have never ran more than two minutes. Way to go girlie!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Jess! That's so freaking awesome! You're amazing and I'm so proud of you! :)

    ReplyDelete
  45. Wow! Super for you! You totally have this! Keep it up!

    ReplyDelete
  46. This is amazing!!! I am working towards getting up to my mile too..you just inspired me to try to go run today. You are awesome!!!

    ReplyDelete
  47. I love this. You are amazing!!! Good job, girl!

    ReplyDelete
  48. You are an all-star! Way to go! You are totally an inspiration. Keep on, honey!!

    ReplyDelete
  49. You are SO powerful! It's amazing what your body is capable of when you believe you can do it! SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  50. WAY TO GO! Congratulations on hitting a new milestone :) You should be so proud of yourself. Health and fitness -especially running -is very mental and you conquered a big goal!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Woo hoo! This is awesome. I cried my first mile too! Isn't it amazing what we can do if we make up our mind to do it!

    ReplyDelete
  52. AWESOME JOB!!

    When I first started running I would run a minute, then walk for 4, repeat 6 times. Each week I added time to my running and walked less.

    It was TOUGH. Day 1? Couldn't even run for a minute!

    That was in January (2011) and in May I completed my first 5K =)

    ReplyDelete
  53. What an inspiration you are! I just ran my first mile last September and my story was so similar to you. I just kept looking down and thinking "I'm not dead yet, I can make it another .1 miles, .2 miles" and before you know it you see that 1.0 miles for the first time and it's the best feeling in the world. I must have called or texted everyone I knew immediately afterward! Running is totally mental...to be honest, I can't get my mind to believe I can go further than a mile and I always shut down there. You've totally inspired me to try for that 1.1 or even 1.2! :) Thank you for an amazing and inspirational post!

    ReplyDelete
  54. Dumb question.... Wait for it.... How are you supposed to breathe when you run?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I actually don't know! When I was younger I would take in a deep breath and hold it until I wanted to pass out lol. I couldn't figure it out haha. Now I breathe in for two steps, out for two steps. It works for me. No clue if it's "right"

      Delete
    2. I never really thought about it. I guess I hold my breath too!

      Delete
  55. You go girl! I just started Couch 25K and it ain't easy! Keep on keeping on!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Congrats on getting that mile run. That rocks! I'm a new reader but am cheering for you!

    ReplyDelete
  57. You are such an inspiration! I am on week 2 of C25K and am struggling and my mind keeps playing tricks on me telling me I can't do it! But by God I am gonna do it! I said the hell with it and signed up for a 5K on May 18th. I hope I will be ready!! You are awesome!! Keep up the good work!!

    ReplyDelete
  58. Waa Hoo!! Once you get past that first mile, you'll just be stacking them up! Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Oh man. This is really amazing Jess!! I think I might just spontaneously see how far I can go tomorrow... :) Thanks for everything you do!!

    ReplyDelete
  60. congratulations!!!! isn't that the best feeling ever when you look back and realize you accomplished something by just pushing yourself a litttttle further over and over again??? ahhh. sweet victory. you're inspiring. and motivating me to get my ass back into running. i, too, was the slowest mile-runner.

    ReplyDelete
  61. I downloaded an app called C25K free from zen labs. First off, I am not a tiny girl. I haven't ran since 2002. At all. I am now running for 15 mins, 22 mins, etc. without any problems, and the slight annoyances of discomfort are easy to ignore. I am only on week 4. The first 2 weeks were BRUTAL as anything. But now I can handle it....you should really try it if you have an iphone!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Just found you through Skinny Meg - congratulations! That is a major accomplishment.

    ReplyDelete
  63. I am really starting to believe that changing your body is 100% about changing your mind.... Nothing could be more true! Congratulations girl, such an accomplishment! Keep on keeping on :)

    ReplyDelete
  64. Jess you are so AMAZING and Inspirational!! That is awesome!! Congrats!! I totally believe everything has to do with Mind/Matter! I am so proud of you!!

    ReplyDelete
  65. I just met my goal of running for five minutes yesterday and felt really proud of myself.

    You ran a whole freaking mile. I don't know you, but this post and YOU have inspired me to try even harder.

    Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  66. Get it girl!! You really an inspiration and your right we can do it. This was the exact post I needed to read today :) It’s been a bad week and I almost gave up until I read this. Now I will be going to the gym on my lunch THANK YOU!!!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Awesome!!!!! I'm trying to become a runner...it's something I've wanted for a while now but I can't seem to run more than 2-3 min on the treadmill. :(. I know it's because of my breathing but I just can't seem to master it....hopefully I'll get there! So proud of your accomplishment...keep up the great work girl! Sent from SkinnyMeg :)

    ReplyDelete
  68. I almost cried for you just reading this! I have never been a runner either and I tried the couch to 5k program and it was a disaster, I hated it, but after reading this maybe I will try again. I'm so happy I found your blog and thank you for sharing your story!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  69. Congratulations! This is a HUGE accomplishment! I hate running and I never thought I could do it. I cried when reading this. Such a great story!

    ReplyDelete
  70. First... Congratulations!! Second... this entry inspired me so much! Like you, I've never been able to run more than 2 minutes without feeling like I was going to collapse. I weigh about the same you do. After I read this I thought "If she can do it, why can't I?!" So, I'm happy to say that I am currently sitting on the bench at the gym after running my first mile! I feel like I'm dying, but I'm so excited! So, thank you for running that mile and making me realize I can do it, too!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not gonna lie, you made me cry! You go girl!!! We can DO THIS!

      Delete
  71. Congratulations, Jess!!! Such an amazing feeling to overcome something you never thought you could!! Great job!!!

    ReplyDelete
  72. You are awesome!!! Keep it up Jess!!

    ReplyDelete
  73. Big accomplishment!! For those wondering 1M=1.6KM Which is a pretty good feat! Great job :)

    ReplyDelete
  74. Very encouraging and motivational!

    ReplyDelete
  75. I would just like to tell you that I read this post after being on Skinny Meg's blog last week....I have been trying to eat better and start working out. I have been jogging and walking on the treadmill, with the most time jogging being 10 minutes consecutively. After I read this post I thought to myself, if she can do it, so can I! So the next day I got on and jogged a mile. Thank you for this post. It made me push myself harder!

    ReplyDelete
  76. I just re-read this again and it's so motivating to me! I've slipped over the last few weeks but re-commited myself today... Thank you for you post!!!

    ReplyDelete
  77. Also P.S. when I went for my first run last September, I was 2 months from turning 40. So it's never too late!!

    ReplyDelete

I would love to hear from you! Have something to say? Say it here!