Maybe I needed to tap into my competitive nature to really figure out how to enjoy running.
Maybe I needed my fancy super supportive running shoes.
Maybe I needed the awesome app to show me how far and long I was running.
I think it was mostly the awesome app. I had always run on a treadmill so I could see how far I'd gone and have a nice little calorie counter there to show me how many glasses of wine I could drink that evening. But running on a treadmill is an incredibly different experience.
Like, really, really different.
I still like the treadmill but it feels a whole lot different to actually move your body instead of having something under you move with or without your assistance.
Yesterday I ran a mile without walking at an 11:29 pace.
I ran a total of 1.64 miles in 20 minutes (with a little bit of walking).
Right now I'm mostly limited by the fact that I have to pick up the girls and depending on when I get out of the office, that determines the amount of time I have to run. But I'm increasing my pace and increasing the distance I can run in a given time period.
I'm gaining actual confidence in my ability to run and I'm having fun.
Those are things I never would have expected from running.