I recently realized this month marks 3 years since I started running. It's amazing to see how far I've come.
At that time I had recently suffered my 4th miscarriage & was starting some bloodwork to try to find answers. The ups & downs of hormones & depressions had really affected my weight. I also just needed an outlet for my frustrations & a place to just think & pray. Jeremy had already been running for a while & had even ran his first marathon earlier that year. So he suggested I finally give it a try. I had tried once but was trying to run faster than I should have & gave up.
I don't remember where my first run took place. Probably the treadmill but I don't know for sure. And I don't remember exactly when it took place. All I know is I started. And outside of a 9 month break, I haven't stopped since.
My ability has definitely changed since then. Back then I was running about a 13:30 pace, which is a pretty slow jog. I was also only running up to 3 miles. That fall I ran my first 5k. Now I can fairly comfortably run a 10:30 pace & I'm training for my 2nd marathon. I never thought there would have even been a 1st marathon!
So if you're just starting out learning to run, don't get discouraged. It's definitely hard work but when you can look back & see how far you've come, you realize it was all worth it!