With the recent pandemic came the shut down and cancelation of most public gatherings and events. Although not super important in the wide scope of everything that is going on, to me organized 5K charity races had become a huge part of my fitness journey and an accomplishment I was very proud of.
I participated in a 5K every month since I started my journey in January 2017 until the last one in March 2020. That was 39 5Ks in 39 months. WOW.
I walked and huffed and puffed though that first one, while weighing 200+ pounds. Each month I walked a little faster and my legs and ankles hurt a little less. Eventually I began to jog a little, that turned into a run/walk combo with my finish time getting a bit faster each time. As my fitness level increased and I could complete the event without feeling so completely drained and sore, I was realizing that I actually COULD do it, so I began to push myself.
By August 2019 I was able to run the entire 3.1 miles without stopping. I never thought I would be able to do that. In fact, that was not a goal at all. I enjoyed getting some exercise outdoors and attending a fun celebration event afterward.
Since all organized events across the country were canceled and the gyms even shut down, I didn’t want to lose my momentum so I got out and ran in my neighborhood. Now I’m running a 5K on a weekly basis.
I have been able to keep up my fitness regimen and not just give up by turning to food, even in these bizarre and difficult times we are all facing. This is reassurance to me that I am a different person than I was 70 pounds ago and I prefer the healthier version of myself.