Holy s*** I can run almost 5K??

2.83 miles, to be exact.

This wasn’t always the case. I thought I could get away with not having regular exercise, but my lack of physical activity combined with me sitting at a desk inside all day really took a toll.

It started to manifest itself via cystic zits on my face and a vitamin D deficiency. I had a sneaky form of insomnia that had me falling asleep at 1am and getting up at 5am. Oddly enough, I just thought I was feeling energetic.

I had to do something.

My love-hate relationship with running.

Before 8 weeks ago, the idea of running bored me. My previous attempts were short-lived and impossible to maintain – just ask my sister. We went on a “run”, during which after 1/4 of a mile I started wheezing and we ended up getting margaritas instead.

Couch-2-5K to the rescue

In spite of all this, I decided to give it another try since it is the most financially-savvy exercise you could do, with a total cost of $0.

No one is paying me to say this, but following Couch-2-5K has literally changed my life.

Why? Because it made it perfectly acceptable that I walked sometimes. It made it okay that I could jog for 60 seconds, then walk for 90, then jog for another 60. I learned I could jog at my snail’s pace and it was perfectly fine, just as long as I did it for the instructed time. I don’t know when I made myself believe that if I were to run, I better do it at breakneck speed.

After completing my first session, I felt I had achieved something grand. I thought if I could keep this up, without judgement from anyone (including myself), then I might have a real shot at enjoying jogging.

I could get into sports metaphors and life, but I’ll leave that to my good friend and word whiz, Cameron. Check out her post on running – it says exactly what I want to say, only better.

The results

I know I’ve made a lot of changes in the last two months that factor into how I feel now, and running is a major player. My skin is 100% better, with minor scars still healing, and I sleep like a baby. I don’t wake up at the crack of dawn, nor do I suffer from awful allergies or low energy. This is the first time I have really felt strong and resilient, and I’m not exactly a teenager.

Now, I’m just two running days away from my first 5K in my life, and I can’t wait to get there.