Meet the McNeil Family

Meet the McNeil Family

Monday, May 5, 2014

I Run


I started running 4 weeks ago. Actually I started walked with intermittent bouts of slow running. I am using the Couch to 5k program to help me move from not being able to run for more than a minute to eventually being able to run an entire 5k without having to walk. A simple feat for many of my runner friends, but quite an ordeal for me.

I needed to do something new in my life. I needed to feel a sense of accomplishment, lower my stress level and make some overall healthier choices. I have not fallen in love with running, however the sense of pride I feel after I complete another challenging run is something I rarely feel in my day to day life. Yesterday I ran 5 minutes straight without having to stop and it felt awesome.

There is a lovely path in our neighborhood that weaves through the woods. I love it back there. I run for Waverly & Oliver, because they can't.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I am also a reluctant runner and would love to join you! June! Hooray for new chair. nm

Anonymous said...

I also never ran before last year and used Couch to 5k. It is great to see improvement in small ways--best wishes and stick with it!

Pamela said...

Good for you! Keep up the great work. Couch to 5k is great. Works you up to running slowly and it is really exciting to see how quickly you build up your endurance.

Your comment about running for Waverly and Oliver reminded me of a website/organization started by someone I used to go to church with: I Run 4. The organization is a group of people (anyone who wants to) running for those who can't. Here's an excerpt from their page: "Runners are able to find a whole new sense of purpose in their running while sharing who they are running for and bringing awareness to diseases and disabilities of all types." I included their website in case you wanted to view it. Either way, keep up the running and exercising!
http://www.whoirun4.com/about-ir4/

Sara said...

I've been following you for some time - my husband and I are old college friends of Matt and Cari and found you through them. I was reluctant to get up to exercise this morning (I am out of shape, overweight and middle aged) but your words stuck with me. I ran for your kids this morning, and for Jessie, because they can't and I can. Keep on running! Eventually it will be easier and you will love it.