First 5k Since Active Duty

This past Sunday, Sherry and I were in San Antonio for a weekend getaway. We decided to run in the morning to get in our weekend exercise, and we decided to go ahead and try to make it a 5k. Well, I’m happy to report that I completed my first 5k since leaving active duty. This was also my longest run in both distance and time since I started running again two weeks ago.

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I’m pretty proud of this accomplishment. First, it’s only two weeks after starting to run again, and second, I was able to get there without getting hurt or really feeling bad afterward. I was a little tired after this run, but ultimately, I feel good and I have no bad pains.

I’m proud of the fact that since day one of running, I haven’t stopped to walk or jog. I’ve run every run the entire distance every time. I was able to do this out of sheer determination. I wanted it.

You can do anything you set your mind to. You just have to want it bad enough.

Mindset: Changed (changing?)

I have to admit something. I’m getting into the exercise thing.

I know. Where have I failed you?

I’m still not a huge fan of it, but I’m beginning to like how I feel afterward. During the run: still kind of sucky, but it feels good to be out there, moving, doing something. When I’m done, I feel like I’ve accomplished something besides making the bed and shaving.

I want to be able to enjoy running. I really do. I have read enough to know that people who have a positive mindset when exercising realize greater benefits from that exercise, and I don’t want to limit what I can get out of the time I spend working on my health. So, I’ve changed my mindset.

Much like I had to change my mindset when it came to my new lifestyle, I’m doing the same thing for exercise. I don’t want to go all gym rat or Crossfit because my goals have nothing to do with pushing myself pysically, but I do want to be able to run every morning and feel good afterward. I want to run to get thin; I don’t want to bulk up. I don’t want to be able to lift 450 lbs. I just don’t. But I do want to be fit.

So, I’m applying what I learned through my weight loss to getting fit. If my success in that area is any indication, I should have this running thing licked in another week or two and then it’ll be old hat. Or so I hope. Stay tuned.