I ran my first 5k in Septemeber 2010 but then took a break from running for a bit. It wasn't until I signed up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon in spring 2011 that I started to take training seriously. Starting out was downright hard. I was out of shape. Running just one mile was difficult and I thought that achieving a sub 10 minute mile was impossible. The largest motivation for sticking with it was that I committed myself to money for Millenium Promise.
I don't know when it happened but at some point I started to enjoy the runs. This must have been a result of being in better shape and not hurting as much afterwards.
Even now, after 1000 miles, it is sometimes tough to get out there and start the run. Today I really had to build up motivation. When I went to run it was 24° F outside. I told myself that after the first half mile it would be fine. It was. I even managed to get too hot toward the end of the run. I have never regretted going for a run but I've certainly regretted not going.
Finishing Sleepy Hollow 10k; running isn't always easy but it is always worth it!