Friday, January 15, 2016

Fitness Friday: Confessions of a Newbie Runner

I have never been a runner.  In fact, growing up, I would do anything to get out of it.  Yes, I even used an imaginary visit from Aunt Flo to miss running up and down the stairs at the local high school.

In the last few years, however, something magical happened.  My husband bought me a really cool bike.  I love my speedy red cycle. I loved the miles I booked on that thing, I loved going fast, I loved riding with my husband all around the valley.

But when winter came, we never rode.  Smokey summers kept us from riding then.  Oh and pregnancy, injuries, etc.  I had thought about going for rides by myself, but I worried about being gone so long and what if I got hurt, or got a flat... so then worries kept me inside.

Then last year, when I decided I needed to get healthy again, I knew that riding the bike may not be in the cards, because my husband had recently gotten a severe ankle injury at work.  So I started thinking about maybe getting a treadmill... you know... maybe.

A friend found one at a garage sale for $100.  But I didn't have a truck.  She did.  And next thing I knew I was the owner of a treadmill.

I was rather frightened of the thing.  I had started eating better and that was all good.  But running?  I had recently read the incredible book Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run, which actually made me think I could possibly do it too.  I was watching my niece and my brother clock mile after mile... why not me?

So I downloaded a C25K app and started.  That was 6 months ago.  I did 1.4 miles in 30 minutes that first time.  I got to week 5 Day 2 and I commented on Daily Mile, " Something incredible happened when I ran that 8 minutes straight. I realized I may have never done that in my entire life. Felt rather pro."  And then...

I don't know what happened.  That was literally the last time I tried running.  Maybe I was sore, maybe I got sick... I don't remember.  All I know is that there were a few tries and then nothing... for months.

Then three weeks ago, I decided to try again.  I started at week 3 and this afternoon I did Week 5 Day 1 (again).  It felt great.  One of my greatest struggles with running has always been my breathing.  I am slightly asthmatic and have always struggled getting in full breaths, even when not running.  But today, it seemed to click.  It was amazing.

And now I am nervous.  What if I stop again?  What if I stop thinking I can do it?

But you know what?  Something occurred to me after my run.  I was reading an article that was all about things people think when they were running and I was agreeing with almost all of them (I don't see cute doggies and heaven knows I am not wondering whether or not to wave at other runners when I am on the treadmill in the homeschool room).  And then... I thought... Am I a runner?  I haven't yet run a total workout... but I run.  I think... quite possibly... I am a runner.  I am a runner.  I am a runner.

So there you have it.  I am a runner (I think).  I don't need to give up just because every time I run I think... "Why I am doing this?" or "I must be nuts." because apparently seasoned runners think the very same thing.  I will keep going.  I am not going to just become a runner.  I am a runner!


  1. Awesome Amy!!! I loved my treadmill and walked it right into the ground because while I was that runner in high school and I mean I was a track/cross country get up early stay out late running machine - I hate running now, I've tried so hard to get back to it but finally accepted that I don't enjoy it at all but I love power walking. You have so inspired me to just accept these things and move on. I am really excited to read about your running- go you!!

  2. Oh, I love this. I started C25K - got to week 4 and then pfffth; nothing. Am heading on to doing again. (was going to write trying then decided doing is better) A wonderful post. Thank you

    1. And if you ever get to New England, I will meet you and run with you!


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