Running Changes Everything - Diaries of A 5K Quest

As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning
— Criss Jami


It all started with a pair of shoes.  I needed some good quality shoes.  A friend suggested Fleet Feet Sports and so the story goes...

I walked in feeling a little intimidated as it seemed to be a serious runner's store.  It wasn't long before I realized it was so much more.  More like a wellness experience.  I had fully expected to be thrown into some machine that would do all the work and spit out a ticket.  But I was pleasantly surprised at the personal attention.  They asked me questions and took the time to evaluate my walk and make recommendations.  At the end of my experience the associate asked me if I knew about their training programs and took the time to tell me about them.  Not just as an upsell but as an enthusiast.  As usual I was in a rush and quickly headed off into the sunset- shoes in hand.  It wasn't long before life got busy and I forgot about the conversation.  That is, until every time I put those dag gone shoes on....

Finally one random night I got online and looked up Fleet Feet Sports training programs.  They had a beginner program; methodical training for 5K runs.  I know it's only 3.1 miles but I'm not a runner.  In the weeks to follow I would talk myself in and out of trying this feat.  The yearning was not going away.  Not even when I became crazy sick with bronchitis and missed the orientation.  Not when I got worse and ended up in the E.R.  Not even when I missed the first session because I was too sick to be outside.

Finally, Saturday February 15th I put my big girl pants on, bundled up, stuffed my pockets with tissue and headed out to see if I could do this thing.  It may not have been the smartest idea for someone who has been sick for six weeks to go out and train in 17 degree weather in the snow.  In fact as I write that - it seems pretty stupid.  BUT had I not started, I may have never started.

I didn't have a coughing fit and I didn't die so all is well with my soul.  As a matter of fact it was GREAT for my soul.  Although I hate working out - something about it reignited my love for being outside and being active.  This could be the beginning of a new healthy lifestyle and putting "me" back on my agenda.

I don't know yet if running really does change everything but I'm determined to find out!

After the overwhelming support from my Facebook post this past weekend I'm feeling encouraged to share this journey and hopeful that something in here helps someone like me.  Stay tuned for the diaries of the 5K Quest..