Today was a great day!! I ran a mile on the treadmill without stopping!!!!! ONE MILE!!! WOO HOO!!! Praise God!!! I had not done that since way before my heart attack. The most I had run up until today was a 1/2 mile without stopping.
This certainly surprised me today, and I didn’t wake up this morning thinking, “I’ll run a mile today!” When I got to the gym, I was feeling pretty good (and I had a good run/walk in my neighborhood the day before), so I thought I might try to go 0.6 miles. But if I was going to do that, why not just round it up to 3/4 of a mile!
Well, I was feeling pretty good during my run, was keeping a steady pace (4.2) and my heart rate was doing ok, so I thought…”if I’m feeling this good, why not go for the gold and what’s another 0.25 miles!?!” So, I DID IT!!! I continued running until I had done 1.0 mile!!!! I maintained the same pace of 4.2 the ENTIRE time, and I felt great! Wow, this 5K may come sooner than I expected since this 1 mile run came earlier than I expected!
I have to gush that I am so proud of myself. I was gushing on the treadmill and smiling ear to ear. I wanted to scream to the world and couldn’t wait to get home to share the news with all of you. I hope this helps motivate me to continue pressing forward and adding a little more every few weeks. It makes my goal of completing a 5K by running the entire thing more a reality. I was beginning to doubt it a few months ago (agreeing with what that dr had said – that I might not be able to do it). But remember, I’m determined to prove that dr wrong! 🙂
I think I’m about as proud of myself today as I was when I completed my one and only Disney 1/2 marathon in 2007. Both accomplishments were quite a feat. Both felt fantastic. Both gave me a sense of pride. And both made me want to work harder to take care of myself so I don’t undo all the good that I did.
I hope this inspires at least one person. And I hope I have another “mile”stone to announce in the near future!
Thanks for reading my post and sharing in my excitement of the day!