Finally Enjoying Running, After 11 Years
I am in the Air Force stationed at Pope AFB, NC, which is right next door to Fort Bragg. I have served in the Army for 4 years and the Air National Guard for 5 years. I have only been active duty Air Force for 1 year and so far it has been somewhat of a hard transition. You see prior to me coming to active duty, we did not run in the Air National Guard for our PFT. So all last year I failed 3 PFT, because I could not run. Things have changed now, because I can actually say that for the first time in all of my 11 years of service,I enjoy running. That is something I thought I would never say. I am writing you because I feel great. Why do I feel great you may ask? I was on a no-running profile for 3 months (Dec-Feb). I ran during a PFT in November and was suffering from shin splints. I ran my 1.5 mile in 14:43. Two weeks after my profile expired, my Squadron Commander wanted us to take a mock PFT. On March, 12 2010, I ran my 1.5 mile in 14:02. Not even a week later on March 18, 2010, I ran it in 13:09. I owe it all to ChiRunning. I haven't even got to Chapter 4 and I feel that it has already had a huge impact in the way that I run now. I can only imagine how my running will improve once I finish the book. For the first time in my life, I actually enjoy running.
The good news is I had a 42" waist in this photo of March of last year. Now I am at a 38". My goal is to be between 35" and 36".
Thank you so much.