For some people a mile isn’t a long way, for others it feels like an eternity.
I take it for granted that I can walk it, and probably many more, without really thinking about it. A days shopping in the city I bet I walk a good ten miles at least.
In the same way I’d bet a lot of people take it for granted that they can run a mile.
I’ve never been able to run a mile.
Not without having to slow to a walk, gasping my way along the road for several minutes before attempting to run again.
I would take four, five, sometimes more breaks in my mile. My time was always 21-22minutes. A ridiculous length of time for anyone who runs properly.
I haven’t gone for a run since well before Christmas. But today my exam revision went well so I packed away my books and went for a run. I wasn’t expecting much, I just wanted to take step one.
I ran a mile.
I didn’t stop for any walking breaks.
A whole mile.
In 11 minutes 33seconds I ran a mile, that’s half my previous times!!
I haven’t been running so I can’t put it down to training. But I have changed my diet. Not drastically, in leaving all that till after my exams are out the way.
I’ve cut down on bread, reduced my sugar intake, increased my fruit and veg intake, cut out junk food and treats and stopped snacking because I’m bored.
They’re little changed but in just a few weeks I’ve seen some definite differences. Not in my clothes, but in my energy levels, my stamina, my ability to run a whole mile without stopping.
I feel so proud of myself right now.
I wanted to share that feeling, and have this post to go back to when I need a boost.