Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I have this strange fascination with running and it's a new one for me. I had thought about running to kick my workouts up a notch. I have heard running burns mega calories but is hard on your joints. Hmmmm. There's a lot to consider when choosing a running workout. Such a simple and basic function of the human body is actually quite complicated.
So here's my problem. I love the idea of being a runner. I subscribed to Runner's World magazine and I just LOVE it! I pour through every page and read every word and think about what it would be like to run the races that are described in the magazine. This latest issue had an ad in it for Ragnar Relay (which I had never heard of) and I looked it up to discover that one of the relays will be right where I am! It is a 210 mile 2 day (overnight) run from Saratoga Springs, NY to Lake Placid, NY! Uphill. In September. In the Adirondack Mountains. Overnight. 210 miles. Did I mention uphill in the mountains at night? Yikes! And I want to enter this relay with every fiber of my being.
But I HATE to run! Whenever I am running, I am in physical and mental torture. Now, I run on a treadmill, because running outside right now is not really possible (weather) and I am just starting out and trying to get used to it all. I have great running shoes and access to a beautiful treadmill. But I find myself ticking off the seconds and the tenths of a mile. I watch those numbers like crazy and I hate it. Maybe it would be different if I were outside? Not sure. Also, I can only run 1 mile at a time before I have to stop and walk. Typically, I warm up for 1/4 mile, run a mile, walk for a couple of tenths, run another mile and then either cool down or walk a few minutes and then run another 1/2 mile. I am only up to 2- 2.5 miles. And I can only run 5 miles per hour. I'm just starting, so I'm not beating myself up for crappy times and having to walk.
But my question is this: If I abhor running so much will I ever learn to love running? How did you get started and how did you feel at first? Is there hope for me? :)