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.
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