Running

Training for My First 5K

Although I have never really struggled with my weight, I haven’t always been in the best shape. When I was going to community college, I did go to the gym 3-4 times a week, but never achieved my fitness goals. One group of people who I noticed seemed to be in good shape were runners. For the last three or four years, I kept putting “to run 3 times a week” on my annual bucket list, but I never did it. Until this year, that is.

In the past I have tried running, but it was too hard for me, I’d get pain in my sides, headaches, etc. So of course, I would just give up. I started going to the YMCA at the beginning of the year, in January. A few months into it, I started using the treadmill. At first, I would only walk. Then I started running. I started off by running for about 15-30 seconds and build up on that. Eventually, I could run 4 minutes or so, without stopping. I started thinking that maybe I should try running outside. I ran for like 15 minutes at first. It was hard, I had to walk a lot at first. But I continued to push myself even more. Right now, I am up to 3 miles! I don’t run the whole way yet, but I try to run at least 2 miles and walk 1 mile. Sometimes I even go uphill, which is even more challenging.

In approximately 5 weeks, I will be running in my first 5k ever! Really looking forward to it. Kind of nervous too, but I have been training for the last month or so. In total, I have signed up for 5 5k races this year. Three of them in October, one in November, and one in December. My only goal is to just finish the 5k races. As time goes on, I will be more concerned about the time, but for now I will be happy just finishing within the time limit they give us.

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