|Moments after finishing my first half-marathon|
It started with only being able to walk for 15 minutes at a time. I had been struggling with anxiety and depression, was overweight and beginning to have what felt like irregular heart beats. I was grieving the end of my childbearing years and felt the best years of my life were over. A partner that I work with would discuss his approach to healthy eating and his running adventures with me periodically and it stuck. I thought walking might at least help me to lose a bit of weight so I slowly built up to an hour.
I decided one day to alternate between walking for 15 minutes and jogging for 1 minute. Over time I realised that I was jogging more than I was walking. I still remember the first day that I ran without stopping, including my killer local hill. I jumped up and down and cheered like a little kid. I entered a 5K Corporate Challenge race which I completed. I planned on running a 10K race next, but a colleague and a friend both suggested I train for a half-marathon instead. My cousin was running half-marathons and was training for a marathon which amazed me and the seed was planted.
I did not expect to finish the half-marathon but I trained anyway. To my amazement I not only finished it but did so in a respectable 2 hours 3 minutes. Then another colleague suggested that we sign up for a triathlon this November. I hadn't planned on tackling this challenge until next year, if at all. But here I am training for another half-marathon in September and swimming and biking to train for the triathlon in November. And this has been the pattern. Me constantly underestimating what I can accomplish, giving it a try anyway and surprising myself.
Some amazing things have happened along the way. I started eating for nutrition instead of weight loss - I am Eating To Live (more on this in another post). I have started to accept, like and maybe even love myself as I am, character defects and all. The world doesn't feel so dangerous anymore. I have a sense of my self worth and am becoming better at expressing myself. I feel more fit and sexy than I did in my 20's and 30's. I look at the possibilities instead of the obstacles. And I have only begun....