Thursday, January 15, 2009

Learning to Run....Again

About this time last year, I began to entertain the idea of running in a 5K. The only problem was that I didn’t run….at all. In fact, the last time I had ran was at 13 when the neighbor’s dog was chasing after m. I did think that I was good at running – I had no endurance, and it hurt. Attempts to overcome these obstacles while in college failed, so I stuck to aerobics and Tae-Kwon do for my daily dose of exercise.

But the perfectionist in me was still bothered by the fact that I was not cut out to be a runner. I detested the fact that I had “failed” at something. So after getting dumped, moving home, and finding a great new man (who is soon to be my hubby), I decided to train to run a 5K. I found the Couch to 5K training plan – and pretty soon M and I were both training to run.

I was making great strides (pun intended) in my training when disaster struck. Well, it was an inflamed knee with severe tendinitis. But it felt like a disaster as it cost me nearly a month of training and almost kept me out of my first race. However, thanks to a knee brace, a shot of steroids, and pre-race Tylenol, I completed my first 5K.

And then I stopped running. I allowed life, family, friends, work, the change of the seasons – any possible excuse come between me and my running. And for awhile I was okay with that. But now as anniversary of my first 5K looms on the horizon, I find myself wanting to run again. I think back on high I felt post-race and the plans I made to be run in many more races.

So last night, I drug M into the exercise room, and made him talk to me while I jogged on the treadmill. Right now, I am only able to run for about 3 minutes at a time. I alternated 3 minute runs with 2 minute walks from about 20 mins. It felt…no great! So much in fact, I plan on doing it again tomorrow. I think I’m going to dig out the Couch to 5K plan again, and get back on track with running. And this time nothing’s stopping me.


Fatinah said...

how wonderful that you're going to start running again! Can't wait to read all about it!

Linda said...

Stopping by to fellow A Teamers to show support...I'm struggling right now but I'm hoping reading the A-Team blogs will help me out. Hope you're kicking a$$ and taking names!

"The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!" By Marvin Phillips