How I learned to run...and you can too!!

When I started this journey at 370lbs, running seemed impossible. Which is exactly why I did it.

I knew that if I wanted to do something as huge as losing over 150lbs I needed to do something impossible. Running was something that always terrified me. My mother was a runner though. Growing up I remember her occasional breaking into a run and me trying my hardest to keep up but she was like a gazelle! Tall and strong she was my first encounter with a real amazon warrior of a woman. I wanted to be that.

So at 370lbs I borrowed some running shoes from my aunt and went to the free track. I made it about 5 seconds before I couldn't breathe.

But I wanted this.

So I decided to try for 10 seconds. I would run 10, walk 60. I would typically do that for about a mile or until I couldn't anymore. At such a heavy weight I had to take my time so some days it was only about 20 minutes.

As I grew stronger, I upped the time. Run for 30 seconds, walk for a minute. The run for a minute walk for a minute. Then I was running 5 minutes. Then 10. I was also losing weight. 

At 300lbs I decided to run my first 5k. I was the biggest girl there. And I came in dead last. But not alone. As I came over the hill, my face hot and sweaty and my feet aching, a crowd of strangers came to meet me. They surrounded me and began cheering me on. My aunt was right behind me with her arms up shouting and my mom was at the finish line crying as she watched me run. It changed my life.

Then one day I decided to go for a mile without stopping. My warrior mom had come to the gym with me and was on the treadmill next to mine. It was the perfect recipe for my first mile without stopping. It took me about 14 minutes but that day I ran a mile without stopping.

I know run about 3 miles a day, sometimes more. 

Running is not for everyone, but it's not the impossible thing so many people find it to be. It changed my life. It changes my mood. It brought out a side of me when I write that led to some of my best blogs I had ever written. It brings ME out. And I truly believe that anyone with working legs can do it.

That being said, there are lots of ways to sweat! I was successful because I found something I loved. My suggestion to everyone is to find what you love!

If you want to run though, start here:

1. Stretch before and after

2. Start with intervals. I started with running for 5 secs and walking for a minute. Find out how long you can go and let that be your starting point. Run for that amount of time and walk for a minute. 

3. Don't stress about how long you run or how fast. Let yourself be a beginner!

4. As you feel it, increase the time you run. Keep the minute cooldown in between.

5. When you can run 10 minutes without stopping, change to distance. Go for a mile. Don't be discouraged if you fall a little short. You'll get there!

6. Run 5ks! They are fun, exciting and you'll be surrounded by happy people who love what you love!

7. Be patient. You'll get there.

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