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Fitness Update: I’m Becoming A Runner

I started my fitness quest more than four months ago (you can get caught up by clicking here). I’ve lost significant amounts of weight (nearly 40 pounds at last check), but more importantly, I’m doing things I’ve never done before.

I’ve always hated running (and I mean HATED), so I avoided it like the plague. I could do an elliptical machine or ride a stationary bike for hours, but I never even looked at a treadmill. Running outside was completely out of the question. I remember when I had to run for my P.E. class in high school. We were supposed to do as many laps as we could in 30 minutes. The better you did (or at least the harder you tried)…the better grade you’d get. I was a pretty good athlete back then, but I always walked. I should have aced every P.E. class I was ever in, instead I got Bs (all because I hated running so much).

My mom does these organized walks called Volksmarches(and she has for years). It’s not a race, you just go out and walk a 10K (6.2 miles) course for fun. She collects hat pins at a lot of her locations (she’s travelled all over the world), but she really enjoys keeping track of her miles. She’s walked enough to get her from Seattle to New York City and back again (if not more than that). This is where I come in. My mom used to drag me on some of her walks when I was a kid. I’ve even voluntarily joined her a few times as an adult. The moral of the story (which was way too long-winded) is that I’ve walked 10K several times before, but I never imagined running 10K.

That’s all starting to change. I received an email from one of my readers the other day. We’ve actually been in touch for a few months (since I started my quest for fitness), but now she’s trying to convince me to sign up for a 10K run. Believe it or not, I’m actually thinking about it. In my last fitness update I talked about how I ran my first sub eight-minute mile. I always heard others talk about a “runners high”, but I never personally experienced it until recently. Running is addicting!

I hopped on a treadmill yesterday and started to run. I planned on going for about 40 minutes, so I could clean up my act and meet with friends for the start of the 10am NFL games. About 15 minutes into my run, I decided that I was going to push myself through a 10K right then and there. I had to walk a couple of times along the way, but I busted through it! I finished in 55:14. I don’t know how good that is (especially because I walked a couple times), but I was excited about it. I never, ever, ever thought I would do something like that. It’s another barrier that is broken down, and I’m ready for another challenge.

Obviously, the next step is completing a 10K without walking. The next step after that is a half marathon. And, you guessed it, the final step is a full blown marathon. Maybe even a triathlon after that. Who knows? I feel like there is no limit to what I can do.

I know I’ve said this before, but thanks to everyone for following along on my fitness quest. If I didn’t receive an email about running a 10K, I wouldn’t have tried what I did yesterday. Anyone who has read one of my updates, sent me a recipe or a workout tip, or pushed me with encouragement and congratulations, you’ve helped make me a better person. A person I never knew I could be. THANK YOU!

I also want to tell you what a great feeling it is to hear about your successes. I was having a down day recently, but one of my readers lifted me back up with an email. This is what he told me:

“I just wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog the last few months. I have especially enjoyed your fitness updates. I have struggled with trying to lose weight for a long time and your story through the blog has been an inspiration to me. I finally started eating better and going to the gym back in July and I’ve already lost 27 pounds!! I sincerely believe your success helped get me started. Thank you.”

I can’t even explain what an incredible feeling it is to read this. I didn’t know that my updates would help motivate someone else, but they did. It’s incredible! I’ve had so many people tell me, “There’s no way I could (run a 10K, lose 15 pounds, etc.).” That’s exactly what I thought too, but now I know that anything is possible (not just for me, but others as well).

Again, I love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below, get in touch with me on Twitter @lewissports, connect with me on Facebook, or email me at tim@timlewissports.com.

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