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Running a 5K, Month 3

Read the first part of this Resolutions series: Running a 5K, Month 1

WHERE I'M AT:

My New Year Resolution this year was to run a 5K. As someone who has never been a runner, and always kind of hated it, I knew this was quite the challenge. But running has always been something I’ve wanted to be good at and wanted to enjoy, so I figured it was the perfect goal for myself.

I have always scoffed whenever people would tell me that running is mostly mental. Like, I feel like I’m dying when I run, therefore no, it is not mental, it is physical. Duh. But now that I’ve actually been following a training plan (Couch to 5K is amazing and I recommend it to all beginners!) I get it. It really is mental. Sure, it’s a lot physical too, but taking it slowly and gradually building fitness makes all of the difference, and makes it so that the physical part comes pretty easy, and the mental part is the biggest obstacle. Go figure.

On Week 5 Day 3 of the program, I had to run 20 minutes straight. When I saw that, I laughed and thought there is NO WAY I can do that. I had already set myself up for failure before even trying! How crazy is that, right? I didn’t believe in myself. I just saw that number and instantly felt defeated. But then, I decided to follow the program and trust that it knows what it’s doing. And I just started to run. And I was amazed that I ran the entire 20 minutes, no stopping, and I felt great! In fact, I felt more than great! And the following weeks kept building up to more time and longer distance, and with each new day and each new obstacle conquered, I felt better and more confident than I ever have before! Then the 5K came, and I did it! I met my goal! I ran a 5K!

So here’s my advice: Believe in yourself. Tell yourself that you CAN do hard things. You can conquer new challenges. You can climb walls you never have before. I did! You just have to believe that you can. And you have to trust that your body is an incredible machine and it can be pushed just a little bit. You have to trust that your body will not fail you. You have to just go for it.

There will be challenges and obstacles along the way. I had to take a week off to recover from a nasty cold. The winter weather can make running tough, too. My own doubts and insecurities came through, and I had to push them out. As a mom, it’s hard to find time to work out. I have found that including my baby in my workouts is pretty much the only way I’m going to get them done. And so I run with him in his jogging stroller. I stretch with him crawling around underneath me and playing with my hair. Nobody said it would be easy, but it is so worth it. All of these obstacles are in the way to make us stronger. I truly believe that.

LOOKING FORWARD:

I feel so incredibly proud of how far I’ve come in just this short amount of time! In three months, I have pushed myself further, both physically and mentally, than I ever thought possible. I am stronger and healthier and happier because of it. This journey to becoming a runner hasn’t been the easiest one, but it has been so rewarding. The Couch to 5K Program is great for beginners and was the perfect gradual process for me to begin my journey to running! I can say proudly that I am a runner now, and I don’t see myself ever stopping. Running is something that I will continue to do on a regular basis and incorporate into my regular fitness routine.

Thanks to my resolution, I plan on continuing my running journey beyond this 5K. Now that I’ve built the foundation for my fitness, anything is possible! Who knows, in a few months I may find myself signing up to run a 10K! And then a half marathon, and then (dare I say it) a marathon! Now that I’ve come this far, the sky’s the limit! And I am proud to finally be able to call myself a runner.

Read the first part of this Resolutions series: Running a 5K, Month 1

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