Monday, March 5, 2012

Attempting to Blog

Ive started blogs before, two to be exact. They were attempts to keep everyone updated about my family, and I failed miserably each time. But I've been tossing the idea around to start blogging again for a few months, so I thought I would give it one more shot. This blog will mainly be about my journey to fitness, primarily through running. Reading other blogs about running has helped keep me motivated, so hopefully keeping my own blog will help me stay motivated, too.

Background about myself and my "athletic history". Im 23 years old, a wife, and a mother to two great children, Ava and Jameson. I began running in 2010 when my daughter was about 2 1/2 years old. I wasn't very motivated at the beginning. When I was younger, I hated to run. I tried a few different sports throughout my childhood, but never stuck with any of them. However, I always admired runners for their strength.

In August of 2010, I ran my first 5k with a time of 38:??. I was proud of myself for finishing. Then, in October, I ran my second 5k with a time of 42:00. My worst time, ever. I became pretty discouraged at this point. In November, I found out we were pregnant with Jameson, and I had to quit running after several problems in my first trimester. I did continue to exercise in other way, like the eliptical and weight training throughout my pregnancy.
I started back running in October 2011 with a friend. We began using the C25K program. Getting back into running was extremley hard. We ran our first 5k in Nov 2011 with a time of 36:??. Best time for me yet, and I had shaved about 6 minutes from that horrible experience a year before. I was hooked. I knew I could do this if I put my mind to it.
 This past weekend, I finished my first 5k of the 2012 year. I finished in 33:31, my best time yet. I was so excited, words cannot desribe how I felt when I was close enough to the finish line to see the red numbers with 33:__ on them.
My goal as a "runner" ( I still feel odd calling myself that ) is not to be "super fast" or break any records....yet. I want to run for myself, and for my family. I want to set an example to my children. I also want to push myself out of my comfort zone, a zone I've stayed in far too long.
So how am I going to push myself out of my comfort zone next? By signing up for a 10k. I ran 5 miles last week at the gym, and it was at that point that I KNEW I could do. Im not shooting for a specific time, or a PR...just to finish. I want this journey to focus on the positives, and not beat myself up for not running in a certain time.
So this is my first post, and I hope I can continue with this blog. I hope this blog keeps me motivated, and hopefully it will motivate someone who stumbles upon it by accident.
God Bless,
Phil. 4:13

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