A year ago, I started a couch to 5k program. It wasn’t the first time I’d started one but being in lockdown in Warsaw meant it was the first one I finished. After another month of running I was able to achieve a 35-minute 5k. That felt like a really big accomplishment.

Eight weeks ago, I started a training plan to increase my speed. It shaved about 4 minutes off my total time. Finishing something for the first time is a big deal. Learning to keep improving seems like it is the actual work.