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Dreaming of running

Thursday, May 31, 2012

For about a year now, I've had this reoccurring dream about running. In my dream, I am fit and strong and I'm running and running for miles on end without getting the least bit winded. My body is toned and fit, nothing jiggles, my legs don't hurt. I just feel completely calm and at peace with myself and the world. It's such a wonderful feeling! My feet barely touch the ground as I run through different landscapes. I feel like I could go on forever!

Last night, I had this same dream again. I was running in the rain. I remember feeling so incredibly free as the rain poured down on me and hit my face. I remember what it sounded like when my sneakers hit the wet pavement as I ran through the city, strong and fit.

Every time when I wake up from a dream like this, I feel incredible. I feel like my body is telling me to keep on moving towards my goal and to get fitter and healthier. I definitely want to become a runner, I've known that for a while now but I have been ignoring what my mind is trying to tell me. I've been meaning to start the Couch to 5K Challenge for a while now, and now I feel it's the right time. I want to challenge myself to make my dream of becoming a runner come true!

(By the way, week 1 of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge is going well! I have made some eye-opening discoveries. Week 1 will be over on Saturday and I'll share my insights with you then. Then it's on to week 2 and eliminating sugar from my diet for a few weeks. I'm excited to see how it'll go!)

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PASKALINI 6/1/2012 2:32AM

    SO I totally agree with IUHRYTR. I started out by walking. Just walking for miles. Then one day I decided on a stretch of back street to see if I could jog. I DID IT! I jogged the whole length of the block. Then I wanted to die so I walked some more. Later I jogged that length and some more and I realized I needed a little more structure. I joined Sparkpeoples walk/jog a 5 k your way program and I haven't stopped since! I now walk/jog (mostly jog) 5k 3 times a week. Best part is on my rest days in between I WANT to run!!! I miss it and I get fidgety waiting for the next day when I can run. I cross train by riding my bike and I don't have a car so I ride my bike everyday anywhere I need to go to. BUT I just feel so amazing when I get home from running that I can't wait to do it again. I don't want to hurt myself though(which I have in the past) and so I only allow myself every other day. I think you should absolutely do it. You will feel amazing! You start out slow at first but every time you go out you can jog a little further than last time I absolutely used to jog to the next telephone pole the next drive way just like IUHRYTR said and now I smile when I pass the entire street where I could only jog to 2 telephone poles. I hope you do it and I hope you love it! I never thought I would say this but I LOVE being a runner! WHO AM I!? Have a great day!!!

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IUHRYTR 5/31/2012 11:34PM

    I met a man a few years ago who had been overweight but vowed to get in shape. His wife bought him a matching sweatpant/sweatshirt outfit with a stripe down the sides. He bought running shoes and started out. The first day he ran half a block. The next day he ran half a block plus a telephone pole. Then it was past a fire hydrant. Eventually he could run around the block by taking the small goals of making it to a tree or driveway, etc. When we met he was running five miles a day and had lost considerable weight.

He took the same approach to pushups. the first day he did three, got up to five, then 10, 15, 20 and eventually did 50 military type ones where he pushes up, claps his hands then goes down.

Maybe you could start as he did, run a short distance, what you can, at a slow jog, then every time out aim for the next tree, the next telephone pole, etc. I know one day you will certainly feel the rain on your face as you speed through the woods. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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CHRISTINA791 5/31/2012 6:29PM

    This was absolutely lovely. emoticon

A couple months ago I was running through a forest with just the sound of my breathing, my feet, and the rain. I remember thinking that it felt like I was in a dream, and how happy I was that I slogged through learning to run to get to that point.

Good luck with your running journey!

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KRISZTA11 5/31/2012 6:21PM

    You should give it a try!
The first 1-2 weeks were hard for me, but when I got used to it...
It really does feel so good as in your dream!
And I'm a slow runner, nothing fancy ; )
All you need is a good plan and persistence.

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CANES4EVER63 5/31/2012 5:52PM

    You should definitely get into running. I LOVE it! I run at least a 5K once a week, although I'm going to start running twice a week. I need to prepare myself for 5Ks that include hills and I don't want to incorporate hills on the treadmill. The only way to work around this is to increase my endurance! You can totally do the C25K, and once you start, you'll never look back!!

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DMANN104 5/31/2012 5:48PM

    You should try it! I have always wanted to be able to run, but was always too afraid to try. I have just recently gone out for a couple runs/jogs, and they weren't too bad!

Don't be afraid to at least give running a try! (Also you can find lots of help here at Spark if you need it!)


PS - I checked out your Sparkpage - congrats on the weight loss!! emoticon

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ILOVEJIM851991 5/31/2012 5:45PM

    Good luck on your goals

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SHELBEY74 5/31/2012 5:28PM

    How funny. I have that dream too! I've been thinking the exact same thing, that maybe my body is telling me it's time to start running.

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