I haven’t lost 100s of pounds.
There was no huge awakening, a heart-attack or some life-event that would make for a touching story.
In all respects, I’m just an ordinary guy who realized I was over weight and treating my body like trash. But then, I decided to do something about it.
Quit smoking, went on a diet and lost about 35 lbs. Started riding my bike to/from work and then I found a C25K program on my Bicycle app. I’ve talked about this before, but briefly, I remember those first few training sessions. Run for 30 seconds and walk for 1:30. Do that eight times – and ya know what? It was hard. Slowly, the running time got longer and the walking got shorter and then, it disappeared completely. There was no more walking – it was all running. And it was still hard.
I signed up for my first 5k. And it was hard. I wanted to quit. I shot out too quick and was dying, but I pushed through and finished. Then I signed up for another one and another. I started the 10k training program and signed up for one of those. Once I finished the 10k, I started the half-marathon training and signed up for that. Every run has been hard and every time I want to quit, but I push through and I finish.
I thought by now it would be easy. It’s never easy. I want to quit. I’m losing my motivation and I’m having a hard time seeing my progress. So today, I went looking for my motivation. And here it is:
10/13/12 Buckelew Farms 9:16 28:47
10/20/12 TMC Get Moving 8:39 27:29
11/28/12 Thanksgiving XC 8:06 25:12
01/01/13 New Years Resolution 8:15 25:39
01/27/13 Old Tucson XC 8:29 33:56
03/17/13 Dave’s ALS 7:44 24:01
04/20/13 Spring XC Classic 7:46 24:10
05/12/13 Tucson 5000 7:34 23:30
I’m getting faster. Man! it’s never easy, but the results are pretty plain to see; there are a few ups and downs, but overall, I’m getting faster and faster. In 7 months I’ve shaved over 5 mins off of my overall time in 5ks. How much can I shave off over the next 7 months?
Will it ever be easy? No, it won’t ever be easy – but if I just stick with it I should keep making progress and getting better.
Thing is, you can do this too. You so got this!