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I’m Always Running but This Has a Purpose

This is my last all-about-me post for my Birthday week. And it’s not about photography. Or is it?

I started running. Again.

It’s been a long time since I ran any distance unless you count chasing the boys around the yard. Or down the hall. Or up the stairs. Or down the stairs. Or around and around and around. Perhaps the constant chasing has just helped in rebuilding my endurance. Whatever the case, I started working on the Couch to 5K program. Yes, I’m kind of insane.

I used to be really in shape. Remember those days? High school and early college were a time when I could run three to five miles without huffing and puffing and generally falling over. I had ankle issues due to a softball injury but I could still make my way around the track. And then late college (read: beer) happened. And then marriage and babies (read: lots of weight) happened.

For awhile, I felt too embarrassed to even try running again. In the weeks leading up to the decision to start the c25k program, I really dealt with the self-conscious issue of meeting other, or rather, real runners while I was out for a run. The morning that I finally made myself strap on my sneakers and head to the track, I said to FireDad, “But what if there are real runners there?” He pushed me out the door. He’s very supportive.

I had to restart my first attempt at the program a week later because the pollen level in Ohio is somewhat ridiculous. I was down for the count for about five days. As soon as I could breathe again, I restarted with week one, day one. I am proud to announce that I have completed my first week. I know this doesn’t mean much and that if I attempted to run a 5k right now that I’d probably throw up shortly before I passed out. I’m also sure that people who are also utilizing the track are thinking to themselves, “Why is that woman running and then walking, over and over?” Interval training looks funny unless you know that someone is interval training. Even then it does look funny, doesn’t it? (A big tip for anyone wanting to attempt this program: download the podcasts. Good running music with audio cues. There’s also an app for that.)

As for how I’m feeling? Flipping fantastic. My ankle is coming along with me so far though I may need to reinvest in a quality brace in the near future. My mood has improved greatly, especially right after a run. I am more tired at night when I’ve run earlier in the day but that’s also mostly acceptable as I fall asleep with more ease. And, as an added bonus, do you remember how in high school gym class your gym teacher tried to tell you that if you exercised, your cramps would feel better? She was right. I still don’t like her but she was right.

I’m never going to run a marathon. I wasn’t a super long-distance runner even in my most fit of days. I am, however, going to run a 5k this year. I’m going to keep running because it makes me feel good about myself. And for thirty minutes, I’m alone. I do hope that this added exercise helps me get into more shape. I’ve hit my ten pound goal and, BMI wise, could use to lose another ten, though I’d be overjoyed with just five. I’d like 29 to be my healthiest year ever.

And, yes, I still take pictures when I’m running. Bless the Hipstamatic app.

Week 1, Day 3

If you’d like to follow my progress, feel free to follow my #c25k tweets on twitter (@FireMom) or follow me on DailyMile. Also, if you have already completed the program or are actively working on it, let me know. I’d love to talk about your progress and learn things!

6 replies on “I’m Always Running but This Has a Purpose”

I’m on Week 2! I haven’t run since high school and pre-kid days, either, and I weigh A LOT more now. I’m doing pretty good on the program but I’m SLOW. I need to work on that.

YAY! Good for you!!
.-= Brittany´s last blog ..Apple Picking =-.

Good for you! I’m an intermittent runner, preferring to run when the weather is a little nicer. But I have found that watching Grey’s Anatomy on DVD helps me make it through a run on the treadmill! I’ve also found that running 5K’s is extremely motivating because you’ve got tons of other people there to run with. You can do it!

And my sister-in-law did two half-marathons using a walk/run technique. Check out Jeff Galloway, who teaches walk/run techniques for finishing long runs. He says that as long as you’re not competing to win, but just participating to finish, the walk/run technique is best. Stick with it!

I’ve been using the c25K since October. I’ve had to repeat some weeks when I didn’t feel cardio-fit enough to move on and go back a few weeks when I’ve missed running due to vacations and kids’ days off. But…I really like the program! The podcasts are great! I like being able to run and have someone tell me when to walk and when to run. I’ve been running on a treadmill for now and am getting ready to move to outside so I can run a 5K this spring.

I’ve never been a runner. Only short distance for softball back in the day. I have short legs and alot more weight on me due to four kiddos so I totally wrote running off as a sport I was not built to do. I’ve had “runner envy” for a long time. And I was deathly afraid of what other people, read: other runners, would say or think when they saw me. I’m not built for this and I know when I run, it’s not pretty. But after finding the c25K program, I decided to give myself the chance to learn and went for it. I was happiest when the gym was empty and no one else was the treadmills but I’m okay with other runners around me now. After my first week of saying “I’m trying to be like a runner” my friend said to me: “If you’ve been out there and you run, you’re a runner. Own it. You did it.” That was the best thing I’d ever heard and motivated me to keep going!

Good luck in your running journey! I can’t say I love it while I’m doing it, but I sure do love it when I’m done. The sense of completion and pride is the best!!

SO glad to see this post! I’ve been not running well since – well, 4 1/2 years ago when our son was born. I’ve only done a couple of 5 Ks, and the last one nearly killed me. I’m ALL ABOUT interval training and doing the “longer” mileage. I didn’t sign up for our local half-marathon this year, because I just cannot see how to fit 30-60 minutes of running in 3-5 times a week.

But Thanks for the link – I’m on my way to check it out. If you can do it, with TWO kids, working from home, being a Fire Wife, and being as crazy-scheduled as I feel, what’s my excuse!?!? I really want to do it for stress-relief right now, but 40 is knockin’ on my door, and I’m afraid my body’s going to start falling apart.

I’m planning to do the same 5K again in August this year, but maybe with this plan, I’ll get a few mor ein before that one, so I could actually go for a PR or something….

KEEP IT UP! And keep us posted! WE’ll cheer you on.

Good on you, girl!! Isn’t it amazing?! I started training with the C25k program last August at my 31st birthday. I couldn’t run a single block when I started. In February, I ran my first 5k race. Reaching that goal made me feel like I could do anything. In fact, I still do. :-) I’m stuck indoors doing Jillian’s 30-day Shred right now while our own pollen-fest is going on, but I can’t wait to get back out there and train for a 10k!
.-= Katie in MA´s last blog ..To the moon…and back. =-.

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