I am not a runner. I dont enjoy it much, especially when Im out of shape. About 4 years ago, I weighed 272 lbs. I was 2 weeks postpartum with my youngest child and I knew I needed to make a change. I was a single mom of 3 kids, and I had just graduated nursing school about a month earlier. I didnt have much money, but I had an iPhone.... And a stroller. I loaded the baby into the back of the stroller, put the 3 year old on the front. I had my 6 year old ride his bike in front of me. This program became our routine. A few times a week, I could steal away a few minutes for myself and go run solo, and how glorious it was. Over the next few months, I changed- which is something I thought I couldnt do. Running became my grounding place. It became my solace. I got chewed out by a doctor at work, Id hit the pavement. Coparenting drama... Wheres my running shoes? By August 2012, I was ready to run my first 5k at 190 lbs, and I did. I remember the way it felt when I reached the workout that says "Run 20 minutes." I thought "yeah, right." Id been overweight my whole life. The exhilaration of knowing I could do that... Running for 20 solid minutes, and it only got better from there. Since then, running has been an ebb and flow kind of thing. Like the tide, theres times when Im in it and times when I could care less. Ive picked up additional athletic pursuits along the way- cycling, lifting, swimming. But here I am, 4 years later- Im in a much different place in my life, but now again Im seeking to find that grounding place. Some days with my dog by my side, and other days alone. Im pounding my country road and this app is helping me get back to that baseline. So, if youre reading this and telling yourself that you cant do it, try anyway. Prove yourself wrong. This is the app to choose. It blends seamlessly with your music playlist- or Im a big fan of Spotify running. It slowly builds up your endurance so you dont hate it completely. Not every day will be sunshine and rainbows... Some days its going to be hard, and thats okay. Lace up your shoes and do it anyway. Everybody has to start somewhere... And for me, this app is the best place to start.