While a lot is going ‘wrong’ in my diet/health/sanity path right now, there is one thing I’m hanging on to against all odds. Running. I’m very new, still doing very short intervals. But this is still more than I had done in years.
I kind of feel like running is something that no one can take away from me. And that says a lot that I realize that because, given the 21 cm tumor on my hip, I am actually thankful that I CAN run. And I can, so I shall.
I had started walking quite a few weeks ago, up to 4 miles at a time. My lovely mother bought me an awesome pair of running shoes (knowing how much I was in need due to the walks, and knowing that I eventually hoped to — dare I say it– jog). Now, I don’t know how she picked these shoes, and I wasn’t with her. As I have heard, people run differently and have different needs when it comes to shoes. But, luckily, my shoes have suited me very well.
I also started one day (about 2 and a half weeks ago) using the Couch-5K application on my iPhone. It is amazingly simple and awesome. I highly recommend it. It starts you off with very short intervals of running and gradually increases and it tells you exactly what to do and when. It also allows you to track your progress with little notes as to how you feel after each run, along with a GPS that tracks your distance, location ran, mileage, and mile time. Finally, it allows you to post each workout to Facebook (or twitter if you so tweet) for all your friends to like and boost you onward.
I was uncomfortable, awkward, embarrassed, and unsure during my first jog. I felt like I looked like an abominable creature who didn’t know what she was doing. I was thankful I had my dog with me because most fellow jogger/walker/bikers had their eyes locked on my cute little pooch instead of me which was very helpful that first time. Now, I’m a little closer to umm proud and belonging on the trail? I have a long ways to go, and I envy the runners that seem to just be running. No intervals, just running. But as long as I keep moving forward, that will be me one day and, with any luck, one day soon!
I am also fortunate, I’d say, that I just moved to a new home and have a pretty awesome trail right behind me. It takes me a quick 5 minute walk to get to the trail (which, imagine that, is just the right time to warm up in), and from there it is probably about 15 miles (I’ll never know the whole trail, I’m sure, but at least I know the possibilities are nearly endless).
Notice the huge sprinkler in the back there, one day I swear I will run all the way to the sprinkler and have a blast of it… just waiting on the courage to rebel! (PS: Anyone know how much trouble I could get in, by the way? : )