I’m new to running. I guess what you would call a novice. I started running in July of 2009, so it’s almost been a year, yet I still feel like a novice.
Years ago when my ex-husband and I would walk (and we did a lot of walking, as our primary form of exercise) we would see runners and shake our heads. Why did they feel the need to run? Didn’t they understand what they were doing to their bodies? Banging around like that — they could get there in a lot better shape, albeit slower, if they simply walked. Not only that they could enjoy the beauty around them if they walked — what could they possibly be seeing as they ran down the street?!
My how things change.
I love running. That surprised me.
Walking my dog every morning I would see runners and think “wow, I wonder if I could even DO that!” That I was even questioning my ability should have been a red flag to my subconscious. . . I clearly wanted to try. . . and so I did.
Started rough. I could only run a couple of minutes before I had to walk and my walk breaks were really long. Quite honestly the first time I ran I think I ran 3 minutes and walked 45. Seemed reasonable and about all I could muster, that 3 minutes totally wiped me out.
Fast forward 11 months later and I am running 4 miles without any walk breaks on the streets and about 4.5 miles on a track without any walk breaks. Amazing. had someone said to me a year ago that I would be able to run a 4 mile route that included multiple hills without walking I would have thought them mad and laughed in their face!
I’m so happy that I am where I am. I love running.
I love that so many people do it and that everyone has their own way of running. While there are some basics that are always the same people all run differently and they are all doing it correctly. Amazing.
What other sport can total novices and world-class athletes participate in together?? I love running.
In February of 2010 I signed up for a 1/2 Marathon that will be run this October. I thought, hmmm, can I really do this? Run 13.1 miles? Looks like I’m going to find out! I’m very excited.
On my way to the 1/2 Marathon I thought it wise to experience the thrill of running with others in a race setting so I could get use to it and not have the 1/2 be my first experience.
Earlier this month I ran my first 5K — my time was horrible, and I will not bother to post it here, even though there were multiple factors that played into my horrible time 🙂 What’s most important, however, is that I did it, I finished it and I loved every second of it!
What struck me most was the friendliness and encouragement among the runners. One woman in particular who was clearly far from novice ran the race rather quickly and then ran the race backwards so that she could pass the rest of us and cheer us on “You’re doing great! Finish strong!” Were the words I remember her saying to me and it made my step that much lighter!
Next up is a 10K trail run on July 11th. A little more than two weeks away. My goal is to be able to run it without walking. I have proven to myself that I can run 4 miles without stopping, but can I do 6.4? I think so. I’ve got a little over 2 weeks to prepare, and I think I can get er done! At the very least I’ll have fun trying!
Wondering why I started this blog . . . I like to write and I like to put my thoughts down on paper. . . I just don’t like looking for the paper later . . . so while I’m late to the blogging party I think I’ll enjoy it nonetheless.
Stranger things have happened. . . I love running after all!