Hello everyone !
This is my first post and yes I know we are 6 weeks in now (hence the name) but today I left my run feeling the best I have yet. Today is the first day I feel motivated to write about this amazing journey.
Initially when I was doing the application for Team Myles I didn’t believe that I would ACTUALLY get picked. I had used running in the past as a way to lose weight but by no means was I super serious about running. The reason I started was because of my foster dog, Layla. She had been in 5 homes when she was given to me to foster, nobody could understand this wildly anxious (and oh so loud) husky. I walked her once a day and it didn’t even begin to meet what she needed. Then twice a day and it still didn’t begin to take a dent out of this amazing energy she had. Then one morning- when the sun was shining and the birds were chirping- I pushed off and took my first few strides. Man, was it ever difficult. My boyfriend didnt believe me when I came home and told him I had ran at the park. At this point in my life the only thing I was dedicated to was Zesty Doritos and true crime tv.
I fell in love with running after many weeks and totally started feeling the “runners high”! My husky finally started acting like a normal dog and we got into an amazing routine. Everyday we would run together and I watched those extra pounds that had held me back for so long, melt off. It was an amazing transformation for both of us. I lost 35 pound in a few months and she found her forever home with me.
Then one day my friend mentioned the Team Myles program to me and I felt a little bolt of lightning strike. I filled out to application and literally never thought I would get picked but what was the harm in trying right ? I had even told myself that I would still run the BN even if I didn’t get picked, but still hoped that I would.
I GOT PICKED ! Wow what an amazing feeling that was. I was so grateful that someone would consider little old me to do something that inspires so many. Needless to say, I was jazzed. But also feeling like I was in WAY over my head. A 10 K run seemed so far out of reach for me when the longest I could ever go was 2K. I stuffed all those feelings of doubt in a little box and stored that in the back of my mind. They weren’t serving me, and if I listened to them I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Today I ran 8:1s. We did roughly 8 K today and I’m actually still in shock. I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD DO THIS ! And honestly I could of kept going. When I was on my way to the run this morning I felt some of those doubts creep into my mind. How could I do 8:1s? 7:1s were SO hard ! But by the end of the run I was left feeling like my body is so much stronger than I have ever given it credit for. These things that I thought I could never do, I’m now doing. Wow. Thank you body for getting me to this place and for continuing to surprise me.
6 weeks ago I thought I was in over my head. Now looking back on it, I realize that was all IN my head.
Heres to kicking this 10Ks butt with all of you ! I certainly do have green in my heart 💚