This morning I hit 300 miles run. I never thought I could do this. I never thought I would do this.
When I started running, it was kind of on a whim. I talked a little about this when I ran outside in March. My exercise levels were zero - I did not exercise. Worse, I felt that there was nothing exercise could offer me. Oh sure sure, mind-wise I got it: exercise is good for you. It offers benefits. Everything we've heard for years and years. I understood it but never really got it.
Thus when I started out with this, one of the little goals I had in my head when exercising was: don't get winded going up stairs. Man, I hated that. I would be a big sweaty mess just from going upstairs, even at a small pace. I didn't like that. So I tried the StairMaster, and it was really hard. After a few minutes I decided, instead, to try the treadmill.
Shortly afterwards I learned of Nike+ and became enamored with its gamification. Even when it's just me - which it still mostly is - I'm trying to best myself. My first run in Nike+ (which was, for all intents and purposes, my first run) was 0.77 miles. I was exhausted, sweaty, and a mess. Soon I tried alternating between 2.5 mph (walking) and 5.0 mph (running). That worked great. I started to quietly and slowly build endurance, which is what I wanted to do all along.
Today I ran a bit more than a 5K - enough to hit 300 miles run of course! - and did almost all of it at 6.2-6.4 mph. (I did take a short break at 2.5 mph, and I'm fine with this). I have run at 6.8 mph before, and I have sustained that for half a mile.
My recent pace is under 10 minutes per mile. I started in the 17 minute per mile range.
These are numbers. They make the part of me that thrives on numbers feel really good. But beyond that, it's a little tough to articulate in words what all of this means to me. It is significant because it's evidence that I'm doing something that I never ever thought I could or would do. My body can do this. My body has been doing this for two years, at various sizes (including sizes larger than I am now - note that.) And all of this means that I have been doing this.
I look at my body in a different way now, because it is different than it was when I started. But no matter when I look at it, or what it looks like, it is a part of me. Right now my body can run, and it can do it pretty well.
Here's to the next three hundred miles run.