In April, I couldn't run a full mile.
By May, I was running 5.
In June, I completed my second 10k. It was 11 minutes faster than my first 10k and I actually ran the whole thing.
I never thought I'd be able to run 6+ miles. I've been trying to run on and off for years. I started and quit C25K too many times to count. I always got winded and disappointed in a lack of progress.
When I got Vi in the mail (after having pledged for it on Kickstarter during one of my "I wish I was a runner" stages), I knew I was going to have to at least try to run again. I had spent so much money and I didn't want it to go to waste.
At first, I tried C25K. Then, I discovered Vi's heart rate monitoring function and looked up heart rate training, a phrase I had heard when my friends raved about OrangeTheory.
It worked for me. Vi had already been encouraging me to increase my step rate and take smaller steps, which made it easier to go slower. I realized that by going slower and really listening to my body instead of pushing it to collapse, I could go further. It has made all the difference.
I'm still working primarily on distance but speed is increasing, slowly but surely. In 2 weeks, I've been able to add a whole mile to my distance within the same amount of time.
I hope that this post can inspire others who have never felt like they were a true runner. I have loved how Vi has been able to encourage me to go further every time I go out and gives me tips along the way. She's the reason I've been able to make this breakthrough.
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