Transparent Moment: My Running Journey


I have secretly always wanted to be a runner.  I wanted to be one of those people who get up early in the morning and go running, (you know with the cute little outfit and headphones on).  They looked so fit and in the greatest shape.  I would think I want to do that, but I never thought I could.  I was always the last one to finish running the fitness test in school.  It would take me so long; gym class would be over and I would still be trying to finish that last lap.  Well, that seems to follow me into my adult life and after a while, it became the fear and intimidation of running.  Don’t get me wrong I have always been an active person and I love to workout.  Running just seemed to be the thing that was out of my reach.  Any of you that run know that it is not an easy thing to do.  You don’t just pick up and decide to be Jackie Joyner Kersey one day.  It takes training and time for your body to get used to it.  Well, my friend told me about this phone app Couch to 5K.  It’s a training and conditioning app that gets you ready to run a 5K in nine weeks by alternating walking and jogging three days a week.  I started last week and I have kept at it for almost two weeks.  I am still in the beginning stages of conditioning, but I get up every other morning and go for a walk/jog.  I am so excited, and I look forward to doing it every day.  It is the most freeing and amazing experience.  I can’t believe I am even doing it at all.  I am pushing myself even when it hurts and when it gets hard.  I look forward to the day when I can run for an entire thirty minutes and not have to walk at all.  I have truly conquered something that I didn’t think I would be able to do.  Even if I don’t do a 5K I am still proud that I took the step and faced this.  I feel like this year is a year that I begin to conquer a lot of the fears that I’ve had for a long time and I’m actually excited to do that!

We all have something that we were afraid of and maybe have or haven’t conquered.  Let me know about some of your experiences in the comments below.




  1. Shaunte
    July 23, 2015 / 2:19 AM

    That’s AWESOME! (Keep It Up)
    But I can totally relate. Even signed up for a 5K with the kids once (thought I was gonna be able to walk more than run ‘you know to keep up with them’- ha! turned out they didnt mind running) lol
    You have motivated/encouraged me to give running (jogging/walking fast) 🙂 another try

    • sbooker80
      July 23, 2015 / 7:22 PM

      Thanks Tay! You can definitely do it girl!

    • sbooker80
      July 29, 2015 / 3:26 PM

      Thanks for your support!

  2. Monee Nicole
    July 28, 2015 / 11:54 AM

    Girl…I totally understand how you feel! I’ve been out of the Navy now for over 4 years and let me tell you, I was the skinniest thing- I was about 138 lbs, 5 foot 8 inches tall..and loving it. Now, four years later and no accountability…I only ran to McDonalds and Pizza Hut …I’ve gained over 30 lbs and went up about 6 dress sizes- was recently feeling horrible. This has absolutely inspired me!!! I plan to download the app and begin three times a week! Maybe we can encourage each other!

    Love, Simonee

    • sbooker80
      July 29, 2015 / 3:26 PM

      That would be awesome! Thanks for supporting me!

  3. July 28, 2015 / 2:27 PM

    Girl, me and running aren’t friends lol. But I will walk everywhere. I so loved reading this. Keep pushing yourself girl. Keep making your dreams come true. This post is inspiring.

    Kia / House of KTS

    • sbooker80
      July 29, 2015 / 3:24 PM

      Thanks Kia! I’m glad that my these stories are helping people. I will!

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