When we learned the theme for YW was "Arise and Shine Forth, that thy light may be a standard unto the nations" Doctrine and Covenants 115:5. We felt that this meant we needed to challenge ourselves, be more than what we already are, Arise to greater heights. So our YW president planned three challenges to be undertaken throughout the year. Our first challenge was to read the entire Book of Mormon in one month. That was an incredible challenge. So grateful I was able to do, it was such a strength to my testimony. I love the Book of Mormon.
Well our second challenge was one I really feared - RUN a 5K to the temple. I don't run, I have always wanted to be a runner, but I was never taught how. I know - who doesn't know how to run. Well sure, I know how to run, but I was never taught how to run long distance, how to pace yourself, how to train yourself, etc. This was finally my chance to learn how to run. I followed the couch to 5k program - it was great. You begin by running (jogging) for 60 seconds and walking for 60 seconds for two weeks, then you progress to 90 seconds on and off for two weeks, then three minutes jogging and 90 seconds walking for two weeks, followed by 5 minutes jogging and 2 minutes walking for two weeks. You get the idea, every two weeks you increase your jogging time and decrease your walking time, then in 2-3 months you are jogging without stopping for 30 minutes or 3 miles.
My first great success was when I went running with three of my YW all of whom are on cross country. I wanted so badly to stop jogging and just walk, but they would not have it, they very literally had their hands on my back pushing me to the end, they even made me sprint the last few yards. I was not loving them very much while I was running, but when I finished I was thrilled, I had run one mile without stopping, it was the first time in my life ever that I had done that YEAH!!!!!
A few weeks later I was able to push myself to run for 10 minutes, walk for 5, then run for 24 minutes without stopping. There I was in the gym, several other people minding their own business, just getting their work out in for the day, wishing that I could just shout out and throw my hands in the air in triumph. I was so pleased.
About a month later I was able to run the full 5K (3+ miles) without stopping, I still can't believe I could do it.
The day of the run came, I was able to finish the 5K, unfortunately I was unable to run the whole thing, because I was feeling sick, and I had not trained for hills, and there are some huge hill near the Provo Temple. But I was able to run more than walk, so I was pleased. I am still working on training for more runs, I want to get better, because now I know I can, I can be a runner!
6 days ago