Monday, July 27, 2009

Running Diaries- 1

I don't run. I walk. I love to walk miles and miles for leisure or for exercise, but I never speed it up to a jog- let alone a run! I think I'm still traumatized by my 6th grade PE class where I ran a mile after eating cantaloupe for breakfast. Sans the gory details, I was known as "Nickelodeon" for the rest of the year.

In all seriousness, though, I don't run because I'm simply a bad runner. I breathe like an asthmatic even though my doctor swears I don't have asthma, and my screwy breathing always gives me post-run headaches. I tried to improve upon this several years ago with zero success, so I settled on walking.

Oh, how I envy runners and wish I could be one! I get so easily caught up in their stories of runs on the beach, through parks, and even over finish-lines. It's just not my forte ... as of yet!

Now, my boyfriend is trying to show me up by being the runner in our household! He taunted and dared me into joining him in a half-marathon in (get this!) late September. So readers, can it be done? Can a non-runner like me pull this off with some crash training and a bit of luck?!

If so, I may finally end up being the runner I've always wanted to be!

17 comments:

  1. hahah thats funny! i actually used to do love long walks... especially with my ipod. Then i said "i need to get some exercise" and i started running.. but stop/go stop/go so this way it was at my own pace!!!!
    now i love it. but i still dont have the patience for running like 2 miles like i see others lol

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  2. you just inspired me to get off the computer for a bit and take a walk. I love walking, but I forget sometimes.

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  3. hehe. I'm actually the same as you, a walker not a runner. I've had inner ear problems all of my life and struggle on a daily basis with balance. It's frustrating because I want to be a runner too. I say GO FOR IT! ;-) What do you have to lose?

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  4. Good luck with your running! I, myself, was an avid runner, but due to a series of shin splint and foot injuries, I've had to mostly give it up. Some of the happiest moments of my life have been due to a good run... well... the endorphins it creates. I know you'll eventually love it. Can't wait to hear more!

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  5. I just started running in December of last year. I hated it! Now, I love it. I planned on doing a half marathon in May, but I wasn't ready. You seem to be pretty fit for never really running. It isn't bad until you hit the 7th mile.. Keeping the pace can be challenging. You have to maintain an 18minute mile in order to successfully complete a half marathon. Easy said in the beginning. 13miles at a steady pace? I'm still working on that. I've only been doing 10 miles.. I'm a little nervous to hit that 13.1. You can do it! We just have to want it enough :) Good luck!!

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  6. tell him to bump it down to 5k and then you'll think about it ;)

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  7. WOW! Am I so with you on this. I WAS NOT a runner. All the sudden last year I decided I was sick of it. I wanted to run with my 6th graders at the school mile run in Oct. So I did. I actually DID it. And now running a mile isn't bad at all. I never thought it'd be true, but it can! You just have to go for it.

    Here's my latest run HA! It's crazy. 5 miles and some in the mud :) You might like reading about it.

    http://blueberrydeluxe.blogspot.com/2009/04/down-and-dirty-update-still-alive.html

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  8. I think you can totally do it!! Just gradually pick up your walk to a jog and then you'll be running in no time.

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  9. I absolutely hear you! I can't run, I walk. Fast-walking is what I call it and I love it. And it doesn't put as much pressure on the joints either. I once read it's "healthier" than jogging. Though, I am happy to read you are considering the September challenge...I wouldn't be able to do this. However, let us know how it goes or works for you... ;)

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  10. Hey Jen,
    That's pretty ambitious! I would download a free training guide from www.coolrunning.com. The key is going to be not to pile on too many miles too fast. A rule of thumb is to increase your mileage a max of 10% per week. Good luck and have a blast! I am a lifelong runner and absolutely understand the pull to get out there. (Also known as mpearl65) :-)

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  11. You really need 16 weeks to train for a half- you don't have 16 weeks. But perhaps you can compromise and run part of it! There is no way you can do the training it takes to run it in the short time you have sans injury! I run 3-4 half marathons a year and I still give myself 12-16 weeks to train.

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  12. wow!! a half-marathon, that's ambitious!!
    with some hard work, I bet you could. I'm with you on the weird lungs thing: I've always hated running because it makes my lungs burn and I start coughing and spluttering loooong before my muscles get tired. It does get better though, with persistence! make a great music mix to run with, I was shocked to see the difference in my motivation to keep going once I added some good music.

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  13. I am so jealous of runners too. I have bad knees so I can't run. And now, walking is starting to bother me (um, isn't this not supposed to happen until I'm 90?). If you do start running, let me know! I'd love to know how you started.

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  14. LOL! Funny post. In my younger days, running was not my forte, though I always enjoyed it, but as I got more consistent with the walking, running was the next step. Just take it slowly and @ your OWN pace. Good luck!

    Rupert

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  15. although i enjoy running, i think walking allows you to slow down and take everything in. thanks for the reminder and motivation. :)

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  16. I want to love to run so badly! I envy the peeps I see running down the road (while I'm driving).

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