Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Running and sweating

Sweating has never felt so good. Today, I walked for a minute, jogged for a minute for 40 minutes, which equated to about 2.3 miles. I then walked for 2 minutes, jogged for a minute for 10 more minutes, getting my exercise time up to 50 minutes and going a distance of just over 3 miles. I've never felt so fit. Even when I was in marching band in high school and in pretty great physical shape, I don't think I could run that distance or for that long. My PFTs are still at 59%--I did PFTs after I got home from exercising--but I feel so much more fit than I ever have. The numbers aren't the only factor that matters when it comes to determining health and wellness.

As some of you know, I am participating in my first 5k on April 30th. This semester, I have been working hard on pushing myself in exercise. I figured the best way to make me stick to my goal was to sign up for a 5k. I know that I will not be able to run the whole race, but I will be able to walk/jog and make it to the end. I've gone from walking for 2 minutes, jogging for one minute for 20 minutes to now exercising for up to an hour on some days. I feel proud of my accomplishments thus far and love seeing my exercise abilities improve. I love the feeling that CF can't stop me. I've never viewed myself as a runner and have felt limited by my CF, but now, I feel like I can overcome any physical limitations with hard work and determination. It's amazing what running can do.

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