I have read many NSV (and victories in general) on MFP and found they were so motivating, that I thought 'Why not?'. Why shouldn't I post my NSV? Maybe somebody out there will find motivation from it.
So a bit of a backstory - it's slightly long and rambly... Sorry! Bare with me, my NSV is coming! lol
I am 26 and started running this year. I started with the C25k program in the spring, injured myself and had to stop (even though I felt like I was just starting to get into a groove). After healing up, I went and got fitted for the proper type of shoes at a local running store, to which they informed me they host running clinics and were about to start a 5k. I decided to sign up and re-start my training towards running a 5k. In the meantime, my cousin had talked me into signing up for Super Spartan - look it up if you don't know because it is an amazing experience!! Needless to say THAT event is what really got me interested in running. It was such a great time. So I signed up for a 15k Trail Running clinic through the local store and it was leading up to the event that was today.
All while running the past few months, it has been a very hard time. My breathing has never been right, never catching my breath, making it really hard to keep going. I seen my doctor and we've been running a bunch of tests ever since bringing it up. I have already completed one Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) (going for more) to which the results were less then stellar. Even with using an inhaler during the test, my lung capacity went from 67% to 70% which they don't deem as an improvement. So at 26, and for my size and stature they aren't sure exactly why I'm having such a hard time and what is causing my lungs to be so shotty. The last few weeks during training, the lungs have been causing me major grief and I didn't think I would be able to compete and finish a 10k if I wanted to, considering I was having a hard time even running 5k! But the thing is, I'm stubborn. I signed up anyways.
My goal was to be under 1 hr 45 minutes - I didn't know what to expect, especially after being told the first 5k would be all up hill.
When I woke up this morning and first stepped outside, I was scared. It was hot and very humid - Both which are usually harder on my lungs. But it was now my time to scratch off my 10k run on my list.
After the race!
Wondering what my time was? And how is this a NSV? Well my friends. It's a NSV for me for a couple reasons.
1. My lungs felt FANTASTIC for this run! Best I have felt all summer - I couldn't believe it!!
2. I completed my first 10k Race (I don't count Super Spartan because I wasn't going to that for time, just to get it done!)
3. MY TIME!!! I wanted under 1:45:00.....
And my time Waaaassss!!!!:::::::
1:22:13!! I can't believe it!
Sorry for the long ramblings - I was just excited to share that even with having some breathing issues, I was able to complete a 10km trail race in a MUCH better time then I had hoped for, and felt fantastic!
If anybody want's to be friends, feel free to add! Always looking for more motivation, and will gladly be supportive to anything you may have going on!
Check out my blog for my 'list' of things I want to complete... (I created one on my 26th birthday to get done before my 27th.. Not all running/health related).
Take Care! :)
*Edited so pictures would actually show up!