I remember as I grew up that I could not run. Reason being, I had asthma, I thought. Well that was my excuse anyway. So all the way through school, I would struggle to even make it through the 1 mile fitness test. I could run 1/4 of a lap perhaps.
As I have been working out longer and harder over most of the last 3 years, I have found that the asthma does sometime bother me, but not like I have always told myself it does.
So Thanksgiving day 2012, I got out of bed and told my husband, I am going to run the Turkey Trot! And that is exactly what I did. It started at 9 am at Fuller Hall and believe me, it was not easy. About 1 block into the run, I felt like something was under my shoe. No I did not stop to check it out, I wanted to keep going. And as the distance continued, I was actually one of the people passing others. That would not usually have happened with the old Melissa. The new Melissa keeps telling herself she is capable and she can do it! I did tell myself about half way through you are not tired. And that did help. And running back up the hill by my son's elementary school was a daunting task, but I kept at it. I never stopped once to walk. It was a liberating experience.
My time was 28:02. This was thrilling. The only other time I have run was on my 30th birthday with my husband beside me on his bike making sure I did not drop over dead! My time that time was 28:30. I am 2.5 years older now and I did even better.
My only injury from my wonderful experience has been a foot that hurts, but I am assuming with better shoes that would not be an issue. Looking forward to another 5K. Perhaps next time I will practice a bit first!