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Me...running?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I can hardly believe it, but I just RAN on my treadmill!

I have always been intrigued with running. I remember trying to take up jogging as a teenager (I was overweight then, too) and it just never worked out for me. I admired people who were runners--to me, that was the ultimate sign of fitness. I was embarassed that I couldn't do it--always the last one across the finish line in gym class, limping the last leg of the track with legs and lungs burning and a stitch in my side. I had pretty much given up on the idea a long time ago.

But this week, I decided to try again. Two days ago, I nudged the speed up on my treadmill when I was walking, just a little faster than I could walk comfortably. I walked/jogged for just a couple minutes at first and fell in love with how it felt. Tonight, with my teadmill at a level 2 incline, I jogged at almost 4 miles per hour for nearly 10 minutes. I actually felt like I could do more, but I was short on time. This probably seems like baby stuff to the hard core runners out there, but I feel so good I am positively beaming. I am so excited to continue increasing my fitness. I hope someday to build up to be able to run a 5K. I know for sure I could have never done this before losing weight--in fact, I wouldn't have even tried, for fear of killing myself in the process. Even though I am still at 211 pounds, I am continuing to reclaim my life one pound at a time. It amazes me how much I was missing out on and didn't even realize it!

If there's something you were afraid to do when you were heavier, maybe it's time to challenge yourself to at least try. You might find out that you've come farther than you realize and you might just succeed!
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  • v KTROS1
    You are doing great! I used to be a competitive runner and I am just getting back into it now that I am losing weight. Don't kill yourself, you are doing it right! You just add a minute onto your time each time you get on your treadmill, or each week if it is too much and build up. You'll be running all the way in no time! emoticon emoticon
    2473 days ago
  • v BUBBLES1541
    Way to go on running!!!! I'm also fascinating with those who run & would love to join down the line. You rock!!
    2476 days ago
  • v BUBBLES1541
    Way to go on running!!!! I'm also fascinating with those who run & would love to join down the line. You rock!!
    2476 days ago
  • v DEBSZOO74
    You are doing great!!! Good job for pushing yourself and giving it a try! I've never been athletic or interested in running, but do a lot of walking on my treadmill. Lately, I've been starting to think about trying to do some running on the treadmill. After reading your blog, I may just give it a try! Thanks for being an inspiration, and I wish you continued success on your journey!
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    2512 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    Love it! Remember bumping up the speed and being able to jog along at increasing speeds. I don't do it often enough, but I am still amazed after all these years that I can do it at ALL...lol!

    I recently blogged about running not only on my 'mill, but out at the park too...surprised myself over how far / how long I could go...woo to YOU and ALL of us here at SparkPeople! :-)

    Don
    2514 days ago
  • v JAZZYJUDE
    That is just awesome! I am so there with you! I've always wanted to just run, run, run! I am not there just yet. I am trying to get started on running, per se. So, I jot Leslie's job in place you do in front of your tv and then I will start a walk/jog and then progress from there. I like the feel of the wind against my face, so I am going to try it outside.

    Job well done!! Woo Hoo!! Jazzy!!
    2514 days ago
  • v ALANOFLINY
    WooHoo!!! I know the feeling. I was always athletic, up until I tore up my knee at the age of 17. Along the yo-yo path to health-hell, I did reach a point I lost enough I was able to run again. But that was 1989 or so.

    So here I am, amazed, that I'm out on the boardwalk, or the local road, and actually running. (Okay, real runners would call it a jog, but it's still more than walking). Amazing the things we can do as we get more and more in shape, huh?

    Congrats again!! (and another Woohoo)

    Alan
    2515 days ago
  • v JULZLEE28
    Hoooooray!!! May you be a proud member of the turtle club!!! We run slow, but we get the job done!!
    Congrats!! emoticon
    2515 days ago
  • v JULZLEE28
    Hoooooray!!! May you be a proud member of the turtle club!!! We run slow, but we get the job done!!
    Congrats!! emoticon
    2515 days ago
  • v MSDIAMOND600
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    2515 days ago
  • v MNNICE
    Good for you!!!! It's not about keeping up with anyone else, it's about reaching YOUR goals and no one else's. I think you'll find that once you run more, the weight will come off quicker. I personally really don't like running but I set a goal of running a 5K with my daughter and I AM going to do it - in 2 1/2 weeks! Good luck to you. Don't give up -- you'll get there!
    2515 days ago
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