6 months ago, I started a journey. This journey has almost reached its destination and what a journey it has been. When I started my plan to lose weight and get fit, I never in a million years would have thought that I would be capable to run not only the distance that I run, but the time that I run it in! When I was younger and at my peak of fitness with all my netball training that I did, one thing I couldn’t stand and I was never good at was long distance running. I was never a runner I was a sprinter and a netballer didn’t have to be able to run 4-5km to be good at what they did. Now I can’t get enough!!!
I started very slowly and I mean slowly. I would walk for 20 minutes and run for 10 minutes. I still remember the pain in my legs the next morning after I ran for the first time in….wait for it….6 years!!! That’s right as fit as I’d been in the past, I had not exercised regularly since before I fell pregnant with my first baby back in 2005! My excuse was “I’m only going to have another baby so why bother!” Well after having Mia and being diagnosed with my heart condition, there is no option to have another baby, but we are so happy and feel so blessed to have our 3 angels anyway! There was no excuse anymore it was time to get FIT!!!
It wasn’t long until my 20 minute walk 10 minute run turned into a 20 minute run. At first I didn’t care how far I’d run, my ‘jackpot’ was to keep running and NOT stop for 20 minutes! I would run the same route each time and where I would want to die after 5 minutes, that dying feeling wouldn’t come upon me until 7 minutes, then 10 minutes, then 15 minutes and before I knew I would have to run a longer route to reach my 20 minutes! This started to become easier and easier so I increased my 20 minute run to 25 minutes! Bare in mind in all of this I had to not over do it with my heart and I am breastfeeding and didn’t want to lose my milk supply!
For 3 months I did this and by christmas when my sister and her family came home, things changed again for me! My brother in law runs all the time so he would meet me in the mornings and we would go for a run together! When I first started running, my main focus was my breathing! I would concentrate so hard on keeping my breathing so slow and steady for the sake of my heart that I never listened to music and I didn’t like running with anyone because I didn’t want to chance wanting to chat…lol! Anyway it was my brother in law who measured the distance I’d been running and it was about 3.4km! I was stoked!!!!! My competitive instinct kicked in then I wanted to run further and further but didn’t want to over do it….especially when I had my mumma in my ear worried to death that I was going to cark it on the side of the road! To keep my mother calm I got a heart monitor for christmas that I wear when I run….thank you to Shell, Brad and the kids:)
My goal now was to run 4km in half an hour! On January 1st I ran my first 4km and ‘Jackpot’ I ran it in 28.58 mins!!! I was so proud of myself!!!! It was my short term goal to achieve that and I did it straightaway! From that day on I have challenged myself to keep hitting the ‘Jackpot’ on the clock! In the 3 months that I’ve been running 4km 3-4 times a week, I have taken over 7 minutes off my original PB. I have been taking 30secs-1 minute off my time each 1-2 weeks and what a great feeling of achievement it is! This morning I hit the ‘jackpot’ again!! My new PB is 21.26 mins….I was stoked when I saw that time this morning! My stats for this morning’s run was 1km – 5.06mins, 2km – 10.53mins, 3km – 16.45mins, 4km – 21.26mins! My best stats overall so far! And I even listen to music now as I can manage to breathe steadily for my heart and enjoy some upbeat tunes while running up a storm!
My long term running goal is to run 5km in half an hour…..’Jackpot’ I achieved that two weeks ago YAY…..but haven’t attempted it again – baby steps! My cardiologist is absolutely stoked with how fit and healthy I am now and with the weight I have lost! He advised me to keep going as everything that I am currently doing is a huge help in maintaining the levels my heart is at….this makes me even happier!
I am so glad 6 months ago I decided to take up the challenge of running, it sure has changed my life for the better! Stay tuned in the coming days for my blog on my whole journey to achieving my goal weight!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: anyone can achieve anything….only the individual can be in control of the outcome!