I was run-inggggg!
I have never been a runner. In high school gym class I remember walking around the track with my friend Julie, smoking a cigarette when we were on the far side away from the teacher (sorry, Mom!), instead of running the required mile. So it came as quite a shock to everyone I know (myself included) when I announced that I was going to try to start to run.
I’ll be honest. I hate running. It hurts, I am not very good at it, and I have a hard time thinking that at some point this won’t feel horrible to me. The only “runner’s high” that I get is from being light headed due to a lack of oxygen. That being said, I’m actually doing it! I started the Couch to 5K program a while ago. It’s a 9 week program that takes you from being a total couch potato to being able to run a 5k. I just graduated to week 6 (never mind the fact that it’s taken me about four months to get to week 6…).
So maybe my progress is not exactly moving quickly, but I ran for 20 min straight the other day and ran for another 22 yesterday (not consecutive, but still, I ran it!) I’m even at the point where I run for longer than the program tells me to run. (OK, not a lot longer, but still more than I am supposed to).
I began by getting the app on my iPhone. I have found it to be a very easy program to follow and work with. I can play music and a little voice will pop up at designated intervals to say “Run” or “Walk” or “You have two minutes left”. It’s nice because you know exactly how much running and how much walking you will be doing and you never have to look at your watch or try to keep track of your own time.
This is really helpful for me because in addition to having a horrible sense of direction, I have absolutely NO concept of time. My husband tells me I need to take my time estimation, double it and add 20 minutes and then I should be about right. So having a countdown timer is a necessity for me. I also find that knowing there is an end to the torture, and that each breath brings me closer and closer to that stopping point, really helps me get through.
I have no intention of being a marathoner. My goal is to run a 5K. And then perhaps never run again. But, I promised my buddy (the healthy one who just ran a marathon…) that I would run a 5K with him. (Did I mention that he also has done a triathalon? Am I COMPLETELY nuts here?!?!!) So we are going to run. In the fall…. when it’s not so blazing hot! (Maybe winter. I should have completed the program by then!) But in all honesty, he is my biggest supporter. He’s awesome, it’s like having my own personal fitness coach, (who I don’t pay)! So I am completely confident that he will loop back around the race path every so often to make sure I am still alive. 🙂
Now, I have no right giving any kind of running advice. I’ll leave that up to the people who don’t look like a turkey with a broken leg falling down a hill while they are running, like the fine folks at Another Mother Runner. They even have play lists for you to run with! (I do love good work out tunes!)
But I will share my wisdom on how to try to hurt as little as possible.
First and foremost, go to a really good shoe store that specializes in running shoes and get fitted! Our local one has a treadmill and a video camera set up so that they can watch your feet while you run. Turns out I over-pronate and therefore need more expensive running shoes. Yes, I thought it was a little bit ridiculous when I bought my first pair of Nike Equalons. Then something AMAZING happened… my feet didn’t hurt when I exercised! I was hooked. I just bought a new pair yesterday to celebrate hitting the 50 pound weight loss benchmark! Hooray! I also REALLY needed new ones…
Yes, I ran the tread completely off the shoe. See that off white circle in the ball of the foot? That’s the interior padding. I could feel pebbles under my feet when I ran in them… so yeah, I bought a new pair, now we have the Nike Equalon 4! (oooooh, ahhhhh) Look at all that lovely tread just waiting to be worn off! It almost makes me want to go run right now! (ALMOST, but not quite. Besides it’s frozen grape time!)
Second, create a high energy play list, crank the tunes, and get good headphones that don’t slide or fall out of your ears. I previously used the ear buds and they made me crazy! I finally found ones that stayed in my ears!
Third, have ibuprofen on hand at all times!
That’s all the running wisdom I have to share. Hey runners (or running newbies) out there…. what works for you? Help us out with some tips!!
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