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About running

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The first time that I tried to run in a treadmill, first time in my life, was 9 months ago. I had started going to the gym and walking on the treadmill for 10 to 15 minutes. Then I tried running, I thought 15 minutes was a good goal. At 5 minutes I had to press the emergency STOP button and felt like fainting. But slowly I began running 5, then 10, then 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 minutes. It felt incredible. I want to mention that I live in a high altitude city, 2800 meters above sea level, which makes running, and all physical activity more challenging.

Then, I went to visit my family. I went to the gym for one month but for the last 2 weeks I had no gym. So I tried running on the ground. The first time that I tried to run on the park I felt horrible, my head hurt and my body felt so heavy. I thought that I would never be able to run "on ground" that my thing was the treadmill.

I came back home and instead of time started to count miles. I was able to run 6.2 miles (or 10K) in 70 minutes -including 5 minutes of warm up and excluding the 5 minutes of cool down. Then the gym close home closed. I was worried, but a great opportunity came. I live close by the biggest park in the city. So, determined not to lose momentum, I decided to run there, at least 3 times a week. One lap around the park is 4 k (2.25 miles). So the first time I was able to run only 2 kilometers, then 3, 4 (first complete lap), 5, 6, 8 (two complete laps), 10 and today I run 3 complete laps (12 kms or 7.5 miles) in 78 minutes.

I discovered that I love running, and that I need to run at least 8 kms to feel that I am challenging my body. I already finished a 10 k race, I want to do a 15k race in April and then a half marathon.

The only problem now is that my weight has stabilized, I still need to loose 3 pounds to be on a normal BMI range, and I my ideal weight is still 20 pounds away. Since the gym closed I have stopped doing strength training, and also I am not being to exigent on the calorie intake. I need 1770 daily, and usually hit 1700. So, I do not feel the desire to restrict my calorie intake, and also I am not finding the energy to do strength training at home, but I am becoming a little impatient towards losing at least the next 3 pounds. Might be stress? Sabotage? Am I in a confort zone? I really wish for the running to show on my weight.
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