Today is my 2.5 year running anniversary! It was on December 19, 2015 that I took up running. Well, I should revise that and say that I took up running and actually stuck with it. I had wanted to be a runner for a long, long time. But I just never stuck with it!
Back when I was 20, in my first semester of college I took a class called "jogging." It was a requirement to take a physical education class, and I wanted to be a runner, so I took the jogging class. I had a whole semester of running and enjoyed it. I learned all about it in the classroom and then we did it outside of there. But this was in Michigan, so when the class was over and the winter moved in I didn't stick with it. But the desire to be a runner never subsided.
Over the years I had tried numerous times to get a running program started. I started and stopped the Couch to 5K prog ram over and over. I hate that program and find it very discouraging, but that's beside the point. My husband had been a runner for years, and then in December 2015 he offered to "coach" me to become a runner. Bam! We started right away and I've been at it ever since. In the last 2.5 year I've done 384 runs. I have only missed two runs in that time, and they were due to non-running related leg injuries (they were from bike riding incidents). I'm disciplined in that I run three days per week, every week.
Becoming a runner has been life changing for me. I have gradually dropped 45 pounds, become leaner and stronger, and my
resting heart rate went from between 90-100 to being between 60-70. I feel better than I have in many, many years. I feel strong, confident, and able to take on more challenges. It's been great for my body, my health, and my mental health.
Living in the Daytona Beach area, or anywhere in Florida, we are blessed with weather that allows us to run all year long. It's great! Yes, it's more challenging to run in the heat and humidity of Florida summers, but if you stick with it then come fall you are a better running. The challenge of sticking with it over the summer makes you a stronger runner in the long run!
- Jacqueline Bodnar
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