Remember a looong time ago, at your brother’s birthday dinner … we talked about your running project and you downloaded Couch-to-5K on my iphone…I am writing you this long overdue email to thank you for that day and for encouraging me and inspiring me to run.
I was intimidated by the idea of running. I had never been athletic and only quit smoking a year ago in August. I had gained a lot of weight and was unhappy with my size and energy level.
The app made it so easy. The intervals really helped me build up my speed and strength at a pace that I was comfortable with. I wasn’t discouraged because I could keep up. I started to feel a lot better both physically and mentally. The pounds started to shed and my energy level began to rise. (I have lost 20 pounds since mid-July and can now dash up the stairs in the metro stations without being out of breath!)
I suffered one mishap – a minor ankle sprain in September – that led me to finally buy proper running shoes and kept me off running for one month because I could barely walk without pain. I wanted to stay fit until I could run again so I switched to swimming 3 days a week and while I grew to enjoy that sport as well, it could not replace the passion I had developed for running.
I try to run 3 times a week since I restarted in October (ankle-pain free!). While I haven’t reached 5k yet, I’m really close at 4.5k in 30 mins. I have a run tomorrow morning – maybe I will make it to the elusive 5! All of Verdun will know because I will start jumping around like a fool on the bike path and screaming for joy! 😉
I am so grateful to you for telling your story and inspiring others, like me, who are not such athletic people, to put on some running shoes and give this sport a try. I love so many things about running: the wind in my hair, the joy I feel when I’ve beat a previous personal best, running to the beat of the music in my run mix, making it to the next water fountain, and the feel of my pony-tail swinging from side-to-side as I dash along the path. Best of all, I love the “zone” I can get into when I run – it clears my mind of any stress and frustrations I might be feeling… Finally, you should know that sharing your story with others has had a domino effect. Soon after I started running, Andy downloaded the app and started running as well. We are both also using Runtastic and MyFitnessPal to track our health and fitness goals. The results have been great! I will end this email by simply saying thank you once more for that conversation at the restaurant and that I look forward to your review of my “home turf” for running: Parc Therrien in Verdun. One day, Andy and I hope to take part in one of your group runs!
All the best to you, and your family…and happy running!