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. 🙂

About roadworthrunning

I am a 20-something graduate student pursuing my Doctorate of Audiology. It is a 4 year program, and I am currently in my fourth year, which is an off campus externship year. I will be spending it in a new place, Arizona! I will blog about food, health, exercise and life! Come along with me on my journey.
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One Response to Running

  1. jen says:

    Sometimes a little break is all we need! And I loved your reasons to run! It’s good to just leave it all out there.

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