Monday, April 23, 2012

me : I've Caught a Bug...

For years now I've listened to runners talk about how much they love running. How they always look forward to the next run. How peaceful and relaxing (even therapeutic) it is. They go on and on about their love of running and how passionate about it and I would sit there, listening, but completely bewildered. Running? Love? Passion? These things can be used together? What?!?!

At my alma mater we have 3 sports. Baseball, softball and basketball. Running in any of those sports is used for conditioning and/or punishment. There is no joy in running. "Get on the baseline!" is not something you want to hear mid-practice during basketball. "We're doing triangles today!" is not something you want to hear for softball. I used to make myself run extra in the evening because I wanted that extra endurance during the games. Plus, with my asthma, I felt like I needed an extra advantage over my teammates and wanted to leave no excuses for not getting a starting position. But I never... NEVER... liked running. 

But after listening to all those runners go on and on I decided I wanted to be a runner when I grew up. I hadn't really done much about that, though, besides going for regular walks and stuff from time to time. Until now. 

I downloaded the C25KFree app on my iPhone and I've been working on the first week tasks (for about 2 weeks now). I decided I didn't want to advance to the next week's tasks until I can fully complete this week's task all three days. I really love this app! I love how I can listen to music on my phone and it tells me when to walk and when to jog. When I have 1 minute left and can push myself. It's really great! I also love that I only have to do it 3 days a week, since, with our busy lifestyle, I can't do workouts every day sometimes. It's really fabulous and if you have a smartphone, you should download the app. It looks like this : 

Now, I knew I was in bad shape, but in looking at the tasks for the first week (it's a 30 minute workout of 5 minute warm-up brisk walk, alternating between 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking, and then a 5 minute cool-down) I thought I could handle this pretty well. I can't. So I'm wondering if I should write a new app called "Coma to 5K" because that's more what I need... ;) haha. But like I said, I'm not moving on to next week's tasks until I can complete 3 days of this one in a row. 

I've also been looking for some new running gear. Because as weird, shallow, nutty as it sounds, buying running (or workout) gear inspires and motivates me to run (or workout). I'm not HUGE into labels or anything, but I have to say, I really, really love Nike brand running gear. And I'm also hoping on to the neon trend train and loving all things neon. 

Running Gear Summer

Don't these outfits make you wanna go running (or at least walking)??? They do for me!! I've been looking on eBay for some Nike running shorts for a great price (I don't want to spend $30 on a pair of shorts). But in the mean time... I bought some off-brand ones at JCP this weekend that aren't too shabby either. Especially for only $14!

I've ran the passed two days and probably 7 times in the passed 3 weeks. It's not a lot, but it's a pretty good start. And I think it's safe to say that I've definitely caught a bug... the running bug. I'm now looking forward to my next run. I plan my schedule and my meal choice around running. Right now I'm really liking it. And maybe... just goals of lose 30 pounds and run a 5K in 2012 aren't too far-fetched after all!

And if you're interested in this... it's not too late to start. The great thing about starting this hobby, you don't need any special equipment to get started. All you need is to get outside (or on a treadmill) and start walking and building yourself up to running. You can do it!


  1. of course, running and also walking any distance is out for me at this stage of my life cause of medical reasons, but I did run and hike back in my day. In high school I was the fastest runner in my gym class but never got involved with anything else and come to think of it, I am not sure track was available for girls?
    Being a victim of abuse, I was always running away from my house and running was very therapeutic for me.
    I love your choices of running outfits -!


  2. I used to run cross-country in high school. We considered a 5 mile run to be a light practice. And I loved running hills- it was a challenge, and I would floor people on the uphill, only to have them glide right past me on the downhill because my stubby little legs had a short stride.

    Flash forward to today... it isn't so fun anymore. It isn't easy anymore. I started running a few months ago and quit after I started gaining weight. But then again, rewarding myself with ice cream for a good run probably didn't help!

    Cute clothes and great job getting back into shape!!!

  3. I totally understand your grief over running. Same thing here,in school running was a punishment for saying not nice words. It wasn't until last summer that I actually for the first time started to experience that runner's high (which I thought at one time was only something the mentally insane felt) I think what helped was finding my optimal environment. In the past I was too self-conscious to run outside where all my neighbors could see me but after trying it once I realized I actually enjoy running just not on a treadmill or on an inside track! Of course the Chicago winter came along and threw me off my workout patterns but I am slwoing getting back into the running groove again. You are getting a good's all about baby steps!


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