"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My First Year As A Runner

One year ago on December 16th I posted about how I jogged my first mile all the way through. It took me 16 minutes and I was never so proud of a workout as I was that day.

I still can't tell you what spurred me to try running, but after seeing I could run a mile I decided to try more. I had caught the running bug.

In January I started the Couch to 5K running program and ran my first 5K in April. It was a turtle pace, but I jogged that entire 5K in 43:44.

On and off since then I've continued my running. Today I'm happy to say that I reached my running goal for the Hot 100 Challenge by jogging for 25 minutes straight at 4.8 mph. I actually felt like I was at a quick, easy pace for me for the first three quarters of the run. It didn't become really difficult until the last 5-10 minutes. By then I was almost done, so I knew I couldn't quit.

One year and twenty some pounds later and I've improved my running from a 16-minute mile to a 12:30-minute mile for two miles consecutively. Glory!!

With improvements like this I'll be quick as a cricket in no time! (Mom, that was for you... *grin*)

Have a great day everyone!!


  1. Congratulations on the accomplishment!! :-)

  2. Yay!! Congrats! How exciting is it that you can see such improvements from a year ago! I'm coming up on my year of getting healthy and there are so many things that are different with me! Keep up the great work and here's to another great year of getting healthy!! :-)

  3. Happy one-year running anniversary! You are doing so awesome!

  4. That's wonderful Leah! I remember when you were considering the Couch to 5K program and trying to decide whether or not to try it. Aren't you glad you did it!