The app I used was an 8 week process. I started the end of June, which is the absolute worst time for me to start anything. With my crazy job, raising cattle and watermelons, my time in the summer is pretty much taken up. But, I was determined and I found a way to carve out time every other day.
At the end of the app you are to be able to run continuously for 30 minutes. (They kind of assume that you will be running 3 miles at the point. I wasn’t. Twenty months after beginning, I still don’t run a consistent 10 minute mile. Guess what? That’s ok.) My goal was to be running 3 miles non-stop before school started in mid-August. I was able to meet my goal 2 weeks ahead of schedule. I was thrilled.
I continued running every other day for 3 miles for a couple of months. During this time, I was constantly reading blogs and articles about running. There are a lot of different options out there about how often, how far, when and how fast you should be running. I decided to figure out what works best for me and do it.
Running in the evening is best for me. I love to run in the mornings, but it isn’t possible. I have to be at work between 7:00-7:30 a.m. I get up at 5:30. I tried getting up at 4 a.m. and running, but it was very dark and since I live out in the middle of nowhere, every rustling of the grass made me crazy. I knew it was some rabid creature about to drop out of a tree to attack me. Plus, I couldn’t see where I was going. I have a head lamp, but in the warm days, it draws bugs like crazy and I sucked them down with every breath!
A few months in, I branched out and started running to our farm, a 3.3 mile round trip, with a lot of hills. I worked at increasing my speed, and did. But, I’m not fast and I’m never going to be. I also began running 4 times a week, instead of every other day.
By February 2015 I had set my goal to run 5 miles non-stop. On March 14, 2015 I reached my goal! I felt like I had climbed Mt. Everest! I immediately texted Phil and shared my good news. He was almost has happy as I was.
One reason I started running was to lose weight. I quickly fell head over heels in love with running, and the weight loss became secondary. For the first 6-8 months, I weighed once or twice a week. The scales weren’t moving much. I came very close to throwing in the towel. Running was hard work, if I wasn’t going to lose weight, why bother? Instead of quitting, I threw away my scales. I have absolutely no idea how much I weigh. I do know that when I started I wore a size 18. As of today, I wear a size 12… I’ll take that as a success! I would like to get down to a size 8, and I am confident I will get there.