Tomorrow I am running my very first 5k. I am nervous and excited all at the same time. Today I am kinda just in awe that I have come this far. I have always hated running and just exercising in general. But in February I was inspired by my mother-in-law and a good friend who were both doing the couch to 5k program. I still had not found a good work out routine for myself but I wanted to be fit and healthy, so I thought I'd give it a try too!
Here we are four months later and running and working out is now a part of my daily routine. I don't feel right if I don't do some form of physical activity, even if it means just taking a walk with the kids. When I first started the couch to 5k I could barely run for a minute without feeling completely winded and like I was going to fall out. Now I can run nearly a half an hour without stopping and without feeling like I'm going to die! I'm just amazed at what all I've accomplished. I am by no means a pro and I don't even know how I'll actually do in a real race but I am a runner. It feels so good to be able to say that.
Why do I run? How did I go from hating running to loving it? Here are a few reasons I've become a runner.
I run because when I do I feel strong. There is nothing more empowering than finishing a run. There's always a point in my run when I feel like I should quit and I want to quit. I get tired and I'm just ready to be done. But that's when it becomes mind over body and I have to tell myself not to quit and that I can do this and that I am strong. Then when I finish it is the greatest feeling ever.
I run to be healthy. I am only 25 years old, but I feel the healthiest I have ever felt before now that I am running and working out daily. About two years ago I was in horrible shape and would get winded just walking up stairs. Now I can run up stairs and feel great! I want to be healthy for myself and for my family. I want to show my kids how to live a healthy lifestyle and how to be fit. Running helps me be healthy and feel great!
I run to relieve stress. After a long day with whiny kids, a messy house, and laundry piled up to my ears, going for a run is the best stress reliever. It's so nice to just be alone in my thoughts and let go of all the stress of the day.
I run for myself. All day every day I am doing something for someone else. I love to do for my kids and I love to be a stay at home mom who cooks and cleans and plays with my kids all day. Yes, I really do love it. But even the best of moms need to do something for themselves. We all need to take time for ourselves once in a while and running is what I do for myself. It is my thing. It is my time. It is for me.
I am excited to run my first 5k tomorrow and while I'm running it I know I will be thinking about how far I've come and how much I've accomplished! I just know it's going to be a great feeling and I can't wait!
Do you workout? What's your workout of choice? Why do you love it? I'd love for you to share in the comments below!