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September 22, 2013

Getting healthy

On April 3, 2013, I decided to attempt to run. Sounds ridiculous in a way for some. Running is simply putting one foot in front of the other. But for others like me, people who have never been runners and struggled with just getting "it", it doesn't come naturally.  

You see, in my 30some years of life, I have tried to be a runner. I have district memories of being in 6th or 7th grade just trying to run continuously around my block. Without success. I would try and then fail, time and time again. I just couldn't do it. I took up the elliptical or kick boxing classes, but running was something I just couldn't do.

Until this year, when I set in my mind to do it... and I did...


As you can see, as of Day 2... I was at barely 6 continuous minutes.

But it was still 6 minutes. 4 more than i was able to run on my last attempt. This was due to trying out the Couch 2 5k program several times years prior.  Before Annabelle was born, I had successfully done the program to where I was able to run 20 minutes continuously TWICE!!!  Then i got pregnant and there went my running goals.

And i progressed slowly this year... but i was able to do it by modifying the c25k program to suit me better.  By May 28, almost 2 months into it, I was able to run 2 miles straight - about 24 minutes.

 By June 22, I was at 5k...

Towards the end of July, I was focusing all my runs indoors... it was hot out so our new jogging stroller wasn't getting much use. So my Husband decided to start using it... next thing you know, within a couple days of him starting to run, we were going on family runs!

Running as a family, initially meant me in the dust with the Hubby & Annabelle in front of me.

On August 1, I went and got fitted for some real running shoes... that was monumental. After that, I was off to the races. 3.1 miles/5k was a minimum of what i would try to run.


August 11, I hit 4 miles...

We were doing our morning runs so often ... even this happened...We photobombed the Director of the Office of Planning for DC in the Washington Post Magazine
Check out Annabelle's expression! HA
September 14 I ran my first 10 miles... just b/c I felt good and was having a good day.  I was actually inspired watching some woman struggle to finish the Navy half marathon. I saw her and realized that she may have been the last runner in this race, but she was the most inspiring b/c she was getting it done... no matter how hard it was. So I just kept running...

I had my first 5k race on September 22 and did decently.  Wasn't the quickest 5k I have run but it was the hilliest... and it was fun!

a photo of Annabelle and I before I headed out for my first race!
My bib
After the race... happy to have survived the hills and my #pr of 30:58

My group of friends who encouraged me along the way
Annabelle with my vegan cupcake that i surprised her with at the end of her swim lesson!
Accomplishing this goal has been great for my health and my attitude. While I have only lost a few pounds, my focus has been on how running makes me feel - healthy & Happy. I want to set the positive example for Annabelle to focus on being active and healthy.  I don't want her to be disillusioned with body image focused on weight, skinniness, or appearance but rather how does your body feel. The husband and I have been trying to eat healthier, be more active, and have fun while doing it... We have a lot of reasons to get healthy - Annabelle and each other is just one of them! :)

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