In June, I started something I've NEVER done before. I started training for a 5K. I did the "Couch to 5K" program. It starts off with a mix of walking and running and gradually decreases the walking while increasing the running. It is a 9 week program and with vacation and such, I was ready to run a 5k in 10 weeks. I absolutely hated it in the beginning. I am a competitive person and only like to do things that I am good at. I am NOT good at running. The farthest I had ever run in the past was 1 mile and that just about killed me. So, when I started seeing noticeable improvements and could actually run a mile and then 2 miles and then 3 without passing out, I felt good. I haven't reached my time goal yet, but I am close. This week, I have tackled hills that I've been avoiding the last 4 months, and next Saturday I will run in my first actual 5K race. I love the idea of a race but know that I will not be competitive. That's okay!… Because I am now enjoying running!