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Oooh- my first post! Welcome to my journey for wellness and health in life. Health and wellness is a hard journey-one which we will never be done with in life. Since graduating with a degree in counseling, I’ve been actively trying to increase wellness and implement healthy behaviors in my life. Once I graduated, I started reading healthy living blogs in the evenings. This ended each day with me focusing on wellness and evaluating myself on the day. Because of this, I began to be motivated to increase my exercise and physical fitness amongst other things.

It’s been a year long journey so far, and it’s been fantastic. There have certainly been rough moments along the way (One time I tried to convince a friend to lay down on the side of the path we were walking on and wait for 3 hours until a friend could pick us up-yikes!), but so far it’s all been worth it. At some point I plan to go back and actually document parts of my journey leading up to today (It’s pretty good- I promise). To help motivate myself, document my personal growth, and become part of a community that I’ve enjoyed, I decided to start a blog.

Today, however, I’m giddy because I broke 2 personal records! For the last 6 weeks, I’ve been doing interval training, and haven’t seen how far I can run without stopping since my birthday. At that point it was 20 minutes (about 1.5 miles for me). Well, today I tried once again (I think I was inspired by Ali on the Run finishing her first marathon this morning)! I got into a great breathing rhythm almost immediately, and refused to let myself walk. Before I knew it I was at 2.5 miles, and I began to realize that I could do an entire 5k (3.1 miles) without walking once. When I hit the 3.1 mile mark, I realized that I not only had finished it 2.5 minutes faster then ever before, but that I was also fine and could keep going. I ran a total of 4 milesΒ today, and I’m so proud of myself. Given the health issues that I’ve had to battle through, I truly never thought I would be capable of doing what I did today. Needless to say, I’m happy:)

I love using the Runkeeper app for my phone to gage my pace, map my run, and see my splits. It’s an easy way to track the progress that I’ve made. Here are my splits for today:

Well, I got a little slower every mile, but considering that I ran 2.5 miles longer then ever before, I think I’m ok with that.

CLEARLY I was actually thrilled with the time. This was me after the run:

 

Isn’t it great that my face happens to match my shirt? Really attractive. I do love that shirt though.

I’m off to foam roll, ice my knee, and eat.

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