I’ve always had a distant fascination with running: you can do it anywhere, anytime, nothing needed but some banging tunes and a supportive pair of sneaks. Countless runners around the world have whooshed by me (seemingly effortlessly) and I’ve always thought to myself, nothing much deeper than: they look so cool!!!!
But any past attempt at taking up the activity had failed. And failed miserably.
This past summer, while traveling for a month (see earlier articles about my TOUR DE PILATES), I was once again reminded of how convenient it would be if I could, literally, throw on a pair of shoes and workout! My interest was piqued once more.
At a dinner in London, one of the women was telling the table about her experiences training for a marathon. It’s important to know: she is not some super young sporty little thing, but a healthy, normal sized lady of 37 years old who just took up running this past year. When I told her about my interest in trying it out, she recommended an app called COUCH TO 5 K. I downloaded it immediately.
I then hesitated for a few more weeks (ugh!) but finally decided to take the plunge…or should I say, step?
Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing about my experiences both mentally (I’m sure there will be many) and physically (no doubt even more!) while training for a 5K run.
My first question is: can a run EVER be fun?
Answer: So far, so good.
My first app assisted run consisted of a 5 min walk to warm up followed by one minute running and ninety seconds walking, for the rest of the 25 minutes. Total workout time: 30 minutes.
I was expecting the worst: shameless huffing and puffing, embarrassingly profuse sweating, cramping, lower back pain (I have two herniated disks) but NONE of that happened! The minute runs did push my body in ways I wasn’t used to but I found I could get through the cycles with relative ease. I ended my first running workout feeling proud, inspired and frankly, kind of psyched! Pretty much the opposite of what I’d anticipated.
So… I guess we’re off to a running start?