Friday, August 31, 2012

An interesting article

Take it as you will, I found this article from Runners World interesting.

Paul Ryan's Marathon Claim

Should politics and running mix?

I'm a runner?

My journey began in March. As my 4th child approached the age of 1, I knew I needed to do something for myself! I have never been a runner- ever! I swam competitively for over a decade, but running was never my thing. During the Presidential Test in Elementary and Middle school P.E. I could muster a good amount of chin ups and blasted out the sit ups like it was nobody's business, but run the mile? No way. No how. My lungs didn't like it! It hurt! Not happening. I'd end up walking in to the finish line.
I came across the fantastic Couch to 5k (C25k) program and decided, why not? I'll give it a shot, see if I can run 30min straight! (deep inside my head thinking, yah right, sister!) I totally freaked out when at Week 5, Day 3 the training called for a 20min run. No breaks. No walking. Running- the whole way through. I wanted to die! But I set my mind to it, and for once, did not give up. Suddenly, I was facing a strength I didn't know I had, a determination I thought I had lost along with my pre-baby body! I signed up for a 5k to keep as a goal and continued training. In the last 6 months, I have run up to 5 miles and typically log 10-15 miles per week. Its not a ton, but its enough or me to be proud and know that I am pushing myself beyond what I ever thought I could do. I am proud to now call myself a RUNNER!
Me crossing the finish line of my first race- a 3k! This was 3 months after starting C25k