How I Hope To Become a Runner
I hate to run.
We had this seven-minute run thing in high school every year and I always walked. I look at people who run and make it look effortless and relaxing and I secretly hate them. I have brand new Nikes I have never worn.
I have dabbled with running over the years since my post 25-year-old body started to show its true curves…I mean, colors. I would go to a gym, crank up my iPod and try to lose myself in the rhythm of the treadmill but without fail, after a few weeks, I quit.
I just hated running.
Well it’s time to change those colors (and hopefully curves) a little bit. I have been really dedicated to my The Dailey Method regime lately, aiming to go 3-4 times per week and usually making it there. Which is great. But while I am building strength and muscle tone in places I haven’t seen it for a very long time, I am not seeing some of the bulges I want to lose going away as quickly as I had hoped.
So it was time to stop hating and start running.
I had downloaded this app, C25K, months ago. It’s an interval running program that promises to get you off the couch and running 5k (or about 30 minutes) within nine weeks. It prompts you throughout your run to go from walking to running in pre-determined intervals and gives you a 5 minute warm up and a 5 minute cool down period, playing over your music and interrupting in a soft, mellow tone (“begin running now”). Then increases your intervals with each run. And I have pulled out the iPod and dusted it off.
I don’t think I will ever be one of those runners that make it look effortless. It takes a lot of effort for me to figure out my breathing and my shin pains and which songs can actually get me through a session.
But for now, I am going to commit myself to trying to become one of those runners who can do it twice per week to supplement my other workout.
Who can lose herself on that treadmill.
Who can hit that seven-minute mark.
Wish me luck. I will be sure to let you know how it goes.
Are you a runner? If so, any tips?
*photo above via here*