Have you ever started a fitness or running program that lasted only a few days before giving up on it? Many Americans do that time and time again. Jessica, however came back to a running program she gave up on back in college. This time, however, she stuck with it and is feeling Great! Here's Jessica's story in her own words:
Running gave me a new outlook on the world and a greater understanding of what I was capable of! In college I tried the Couch to 5k program. After the third workout I gave up on it. I wasn't a runner in my mind—it wasn't for me. If someone asked, my motto was, "I only run if someone is chasing me." I would jog occasionally or walk fast on a treadmill, but I never really ran. I didn't think I could and I never pushed myself to try something outside of my comfort zone. I was content walking and felt that I didn't want to stress my knees or participate in any high-impact exercise. This time around though, I wanted more. I wanted to accomplish for the first time in my life something that wasn't the typical me—I wanted to be an athlete.
I decided to give the Couch to 5K program another try. The first few weeks weren't bad. I realized I enjoyed the five minute running intervals more than the three minute walking intervals. My legs felt better when I ran and I felt like it was more enjoyable than walking. I arrived at that mentally challenging 20-minute interval and did it twice before moving on and feeling like I had actually conquered the run. To be honest I was completely intimidated about the 20-minute run and had just about talked myself out of doing it when I stepped back, took a deep breath, and just went for it.
When I ran those intervals with my husband and was able to just keep going, it made me feel like I had really accomplished something. It truly is a simple program and you're able to run after just nine short weeks. Now when I go for a run, I go for a brisk warm-up walk and then just start running. I have a whole world that has opened up to me because I was willing to try something outside of my comfort zone.
Running has given me more than I could ever expect, the knowledge and strength to push myself further than before, and that's a true accomplishment!
—Jessica Harbison Weaver
Jessica's story is a testament to the human will and the power of determination. Jessica also recently accomplished another awesome goal—her first double-digit run! Check it out on her blog.