I could write a book on my experiences with running and how I started, etc etc etc, but I won’t! I’ll be brief, or as brief as I can be. I started running in May 2007, and I ran to lose weight. I had about 40 pounds to lose, and I knew that diet wouldn’t be enough, so I started to run. I started with 2 miles a day, and then slowly kept increasing my mileage. The funny thing is, that it worked, crazy, huh? Diet and exercise, who would have thought!
Well, it worked a little bit TOO well!!! By the time I finished college and started grad school, I was at an unhealthy weight. I was too skinny, and everyone around me was talking about it. At the time, I didn’t realize it, and thought “heck, nothing is wrong with me, I eat all the time, I just run a lot!” My mom made me talk to a nutritionist to figure out how I could gain a couple pounds, and low and behold, I did. I started adding more fats into my diet and eating bigger portions. I think my problem is that I was always in “weight loss mode” and I never knew how to get out of it.
Here is me when I was very skinny (well, at least I think so now looking back):
Okay, now back to running. So I started in May of 2007, and I honestly haven’t stopped. I can’t remember the last time I have taken more than 2 days off of exercise since then, that is until recently. Since I have been back at school, I have had ZERO motivation to not work out, and I gave myself permission not to. I went a week and a half without running of any kind, which is the longest I have gone in forever. I felt weird, and out of place. I felt like I was missing something, but at the same time, it felt GOOD to not have to run. I went to the gym for the first time yesterday and ran 4 and a half miles. I was soo happy after the run. I felt like I was me again! Now today I went and ran 5 miles. I am so happy I gave myself that break. It might not have been very long, but it was exactly what I needed. 🙂