My First 5k
My Journey Journal Week 16
Alright, you caught me. I had to make ONE more My Journey Journal post on my blog before I switched over to having it exclusively be on my newsletter (be sure to sign up for that!). But this was an important topic to cover, and would probably be waaaaay too long for a newsletter, so I’m writing a post on it.
I DID IT!!! I ran my first 5k last weekend! As someone who is only really 9 months into her health and fitness journey, this is a huge deal for me. Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to make it all the way through running the entire time, but that was the goal and I’m so happy to say that I completed it.
So Why is This Such a Big Deal to Me Anyways?
Good question! Running has always been something that I’ve seen fit people be able to do. As early as high school, I envied people who had the stamina to be able to run for more than ten seconds. But I didn’t put much effort into trying to crack the running code until I was in college.
During my sophomore year of college, I downloaded one of those running apps (I think it was Zombies Run at the time), made up an eating plan, and set off to lose weight for the 4th time ever. I stuck with it for a few weeks, and was able to run about a quarter of a mile without stopping. I even lost about 25 pounds throughout the five-ish months I was working on my diet that year.
But Things Didn’t Quite Go As Planned
The summer in between my sophomore and junior years of college, my eating disorder came back in full-force. I could not force myself to eat nearly anything at all during the day, I was crying all the time, could rarely get out of bed, and became far too weak to run.
That ended my endeavors in losing weight and running for YEARS. But it didn’t stop me forever.
“If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit.”
I took the time I needed to put my mental health in check, set up systems to hold me more accountable to my eating (aka eating enough), and stabilize a little more. I am so glad that I took that time to focus all of my efforts on my mental health.
Because Now, No One Can Stop Me
No one. Nine months in and I’m down 49 pounds, running 5ks, eating well, and doing everything I’ve always wanted to do fitness wise. This time, I’m ready.
This journey is not always pretty, it’s definitely not easy. But man is it worth it.
Keep going. If I can do it, you absolutely can <3