A few weeks ago I began a journey. I started running. Now in the past if you had asked me if I was in to running I would have said “Yeah. Running to the fridge.” True story.
So what changed? Well as I’ve mentioned before last winter I packed on the pounds. In the summer I made a decision to go back on my antidepressants which put me at an even higher risk for even more weight gain. I had already lost around 15 pounds! Not only did I not want to keep the weight off, I wanted to lose 10 more pounds.
So I made a pact with myself. If I was to go back on antidepressants (which I really needed to do) I wasn’t going to permit any excuses in not eating healthy and following an exercise schedule. So I went to the gym every other day and worked out hard. But it was hard to get there. I was done with work at 7:30 and the gym closed at 9.
Realistically I thought running wasn’t even an option because well, it was hard. Fortunately, around the same time I saw a friend posting about a C25K program. I liked the idea of the program because it indicated it goes slowly. It makes running sound more accessible. From couch to a 5k? Well I’ve definitely got the couch part down so let’s go after that 5k part.
A few days later my roommate mentioned to me that there was an app for the C25K program. Now apt is that? (Haha I’m so funny!) I downloaded the app and started running in the morning before work. The app has a voice that will tell you when to run and when to walk. It even lets you play your own music while running the app.
Now don’t let me deceive you it hasn’t been easy and I still have to weeks more to go. Running has boosted my self-confidence in a big way though. And today? I managed to run for twenty minutes! I did have to stop twice, but in the past I could barely run 90 seconds. So needless to say, I am super proud of myself.
And let me tell you, if I can run so can you!