Thursday, July 15, 2010

Goal Attained!

Woo hoo! First ever four mile run! Went over to the park with a friend and did 12 laps (1/3 mile each--you do the math), with an added pace boost on the last one, plus sprinting (such as it was) to the finish. There were a couple of stops for hydration (summer has finally arrived in Southern California), and I didn't time the run at all. However, no matter how long it actually took, I am totally jazzed to have run 4 miles at one go. Next up: 5 miles!

Really, I am just amazed to have come this far. To start off this year, never having run more than a mile at a stretch before in my life, and realizing that I have the stamina and strength to run, and the ability to train up to longer and longer distances, is just a wonderful feeling. It really shows in my other physical endeavors as well. It used to be that I could only bike 3-4 miles before my legs would want to give up and my lungs would be working overtime. Now I can go 8 miles without really thinking about it. My low back pain is essentially nonexistent. I'm thinking about training for a triathlon and a marathon. I have never in my life felt like I belonged in the athletic community, and now I know that all I have to do is put my mind to it and start on that journey of a thousand steps.


  1. Atta girl! That's my fabulous sister! I'm glad to hear that you've been so successful with running. :) And now that you've doing a 5K, I think that aiming for a 10K and a half marathon, and anything else you want to do is a good idea. :)

  2. Way to go Mel! Triathlons are amazing. If you want to try smaller ones before you jump into a really huge challenge, try looking for "tin man" and other similar triathlons that have a 10-ish mile bike, a 5k or so run and a 500 or so yard swim. I did a triathlon like this once back in my martial arts days. I came in dead last, but I finished!

  3. I'm so impressed and proud *for* you and *of* you! You are completely awesome!