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The first few workout sessions can be grueling if you have never exercised seriously or have had a significant break due to illness or lack of motivation or whatever.  During the summer of 2011, I used to walk in the park with some of my Sister Friends from seminary. My husband would also walk in the park, but not with our group.  During that summer, I was feeling fit and losing weight.  September 12, 2011 was the last time that we walked for the year.  I gained the weight that I lost.  Seven months of no exercise.  No motivation.  No bueno.  We joined a gym on April 3, 2012.  On that first day back, I couldn’t even walk two miles on the treadmill.  My Nike+ app told me that I walked 1.80 miles for 42 minutes and 19 seconds at an average pace of 23 minutes and 26 seconds per mile.

I was not discouraged by that first day back to exercising. I am still not discouraged by those numbers. I knew that I would walk longer.  I did walk longer.  I knew that I would walk faster.  I did walk faster.  Just 21 short days later, I walked 3.18 miles for 53 minutes and 50 seconds at an average pace of 16 minutes and 55 seconds per mile.  I am still not at the pace at which I want to perform for my first 5K race in the Spring 2013, but I am progressing.  A 5K race is 3.10685596 miles (3 miles, 564 feet and 2.4 inches).  I want to run a pace of 12-13 minutes per mile.

I will continue my four-times-per-week training sessions.  I will not get weary in well doing for my health.  I pray that you will not get weary in well doing for your health.  I will reap good health and fitness.  I pray that you will reap good health and fitness.  I will not faint.  I pray that you will not faint.  We will not faint!  Stay encouraged.