One of my goals for 2013 was to run 5 miles by the end of the year. As easy as this goal should have been, It did not happen---in fact I think 2 miles was the most I ran all year. I would run for a week and then take take a couple of weeks off hiding behind a myriad of weak excuses. All my momentum would be lost and then I would attempt to start over again. This happened throughout the first 7 or 8 months of the year. By September, I received a job promotion that requires SIX day work weeks and 60+ hours. That pretty much put the kibosh on my running program for the year. By the end of my year after reaching most of my goals, the fly in the proverbial ointment was the 5 mile run goal. To make matters worse a friend I have not seen in ten years posted on Facebook that he had just completed a Half Marathon. Last I remember he couldn't run even half a mile back in high school.
This past January I decided to start running again so I could lower my blood pressure and hopefully reduce some of the stress in my life. I half-assed it for the first couple of months like I usually do when I get the bright idea to start an exercise program. In spite of a damn cold winter here in Houston (yeah I know, 35-40 degrees is not cold in most areas of the country.... In Houston it's Damn cold), I dragged myself out of bed into the cold and decided to start exercising once again.
After a few months of seemingly little progress, shin splints, sore feet, and blisters I finally reached 3.5 miles in March. While 3.5 miles in not exactly a marathon, it is a helluva lot better than sitting on my ass after a long day of work. Last Sunday while at the track I told myself "5 Miles or Bust". About 4 miles in I was dying, but I reminded myself that I had been "dying" for the past 2 miles. I sucked it up summoned my inner "Rudy" and finally stopped running at 5 1/2 miles. The feeling was awesome. The fact that I could barely move on Monday was inconsequential.
Here are the runs I completed this past week.
Sunday: 5 1/2 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Friday: 3 miles
Sunday: 6 miles
Completed!!! I may have to start logging my Sunday goal
every Saturday for extra motivation.