Ok so you remember how I told you about my bucket list HERE?  I am working on crossing another one of the list and its been a long time coming.

Follow me here: Do you ever have those things that you want to do but you don’t even realize you want to do them until you’re doing it?  That’s the way I felt about running.  I don’t know about you but when I come across someone running one of many thoughts would pass through my head.  Thoughts like, “I bet she’s exhausted!” or “I wonder how long she’s been running?” or “My body would never do that!”  But deep down inside I always thought those women running looked so free.  Weird right?  Well to quench my thirst for that freedom I began to walk and I walked a lot.  If the temperature in Iowa was above freezing and the wind was less than 15 mph, I would walk up to 3.5 miles a day with my little Lucy in tow.  But it was walking, ALWAYS walking, because running and my body, they weren’t friends.

Until this past winter.  My husband and I were sitting around having a conversation.  I wish I remember exactly how the conversation went but at the end of it, we decided that we would try work out together in our basement.  He would write the workouts and I would try to keep up with him the best I could.  Along with those workouts we would mix in a little bit of running.  Now when I say a little bit, I mean I would try to run for 60 seconds consecutively.  And for me, that would be an accomplishment.  Because you see, my bucket list has this little line on it, that may seem little to some, but it would be big for me.  I don’t want to run a marathon, I don’t even want to run a half marathon, I just want to run a 5K (aka 3.1 miles).

So the training began.  And can I just brag about my husband for second? Because not only is he the best husband, he is seriously just the best trainer a girl like me could ask for.  His workouts are completely attainable and he is just the most encouraging person to work out with.  When we would work out together a smile would be plastered across his face as we went from exercise to exercise.  And slowly but surely this little body started to get stronger.  And one 60 second interval would turn into two and then three and so on.  Weeks later, I can officially say that I am on my way to being able to really run a 5K and I couldn’t be more elated.  Running for me was one of those things that I honestly thought I would never be able to do.  But I really think I am gonna do this friends!  I am actually going to run for 3.1 miles consecutively and its going to be the best day!

So whats your thing, the thing that deep down you want to do but don’t think you could ever do?  I would love to hear about it.  You can message me HERE!  Until then if you see a lady out on the bike trail running at a nice slow pace with a little dog that looks like a sure to give us a wave.  We can still use all the encouragement we can get!