Summing up 2015

2015 was an interesting year. It started out in not the best way with a carry over from 2014 with the ending of a relationship (or whatever that was), leaving me feeling not so great about myself. So in April I signed up for a 5k training program called the Genesis 5k Program-Summer edition (www.wvruncoach.com).  This program would prepare people for the Firecracker 5k that was going to be on July 3, 2015. It was a nine week training program that started on May 5th. I had wanted to do a 5k for some time and for some reason this felt like the right time to do it. So I started the program, by myself, I couldn’t find anyone to do it with me. I started this blog to hold me accountable. In addition to the running program, I also doing some other personal work as well, it was all part of the process.

I remember the first day of practice and we had to run for 60 seconds and I thought to myself “this is the longest 60 seconds ever!” But the weeks passed and there were days I had to make myself go, however, I could see the progress being made.  July 3rd came and it was race day and a rainy no less. I had declared that I was not going to be one of those who didn’t go out in the elements, but if you want to get what you want, you have to do what you have to do. On race day I had never been so nervous, I couldn’t believe I was there and about to run my first race.  But I was, I did and in the rain, in 48 minutes.  The feeling I had crossing the finish line was indescribable.

wpid-20150703_185509.jpeg I realized then it more than just about completing the program, the race, or the goal I had set. I had my confidence back and I was feeling good about myself again, and the weight loss, well that was a bonus!

I went on to complete two more 5k’s. One on Thanksgiving; the Hot Diggity Dog Thanksgiving 5k. I took seven minutes off my first race time and received my first finishers medal.  I couldn’t believe the difference between July and November.

The next week I ran the Jingle Bell 5k and took an additional two minutes off, my best PR to date!

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In the middle of all this, I started back to school in August to begin a counseling psychology doctorate program and in September I was offered a new job with a new company.  So what started out as a slow, sluggish year, ended in a most positive way. From couch potato to completing three 5k’s, starting a doctoral program and a new job, it’s amazing how things can turn around if you are willing to do the work.

Here’s to 2016.

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Author: Tammi Lewis

I was born and raised in WV. I live in Charleston, WV. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Charleston and from Marshall University Graduate College with my Master’s Degree. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have been in the field of mental health and substance abuse for about 26 years. I started running about two years ago by beginning a running program to help me prepare for my first 5k. I had wanted to run a 5k for years but never got around to doing it. Two years ago there was an event that happened which sent me on an emotional rollercoaster; starting this program was a way to get off that rollercoaster. Once I finished that first 5k I got the running bug and haven't stopped running since.

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