Today is National Runners Day so get out of the house and go for a run!!! I started my morning at boot-camp where 140 plus boot-campers stormed the beach for a 3 mile run by the water. Can I just say, it is an amazing feeling to run with that many people on the beach at 5:30 in the morning.
If you noticed in the lifeguard stand there is a couple snuggled up to watch the sunrise, what a surprise we were!
Today was my day where I realized that I am no longer trying to be a runner, I am a runner! As I started down the beach, I set a steady pace for me and never had a moment where I needed to stop. My breathing was controlled the whole time and I was just so tickled to be running with everyone and feeling like I was finally a runner.
When we reached the half-way point, we stopped for sit-ups, push-ups and mountain climbers. Of course our morning would not be complete without a line of over a 140 people sitting in the surf doing sit-ups.
We then headed back as a group to finish our morning run. The whole time I am running my mind is going “this is so cool”,” oh my god I am running”. “I am doing this”! I also noticed that I was right in the middle of the pack which was another hi-light in my mind. I just want to thank all the people I had the honor of running with this morning. You are part of the reason I kept going, each and every one of you! Since I started my journey last October I have struggled and today was the day my hard work paid off.
I have to thank – Matt Costa, Jay Bowman, Christine McMaster, Adam Swansen and all the coaches for your support, encouragement and the belief in me that I can do this. I know I would not be on this mission of fitness without the support of all of you and the members of Outer Banks Bootcamps.
In honor of National Runners Day I encourage you to head out the door for a short run (heck just run to the mailbox, but get started!) I know if I have taken on the challenge with my running list of excuses then so can you. My herniated disk is not going to stop me and I intend to push through and set larger challenges for myself. I crossed the first hurdle, I ran 3 miles without walking….just have to pick the next goal. Wonder what it will be, suggestions?