Tuesday, March 05, 2013
I recently started training to run; which at this point is still a fast walk.. indoors. However, I've noticed I'm already getting better and I hope to be alternating running and walking outside by the time it's warm enough. Running is something I've wanted to get into for at least 5 years, but honestly I am lazy. lol It wasn't until my recent diet, scratch that, lifestyle change that I seriously entertained the idea beyond looking up articles about how to begin.
This is only week two, and I only walk 3 miles twice a week alternating with my other workouts, but I hope to move up to 5 miles twice a week soon. Tonight i happened to find a listing of marathons and half marathons in a neighboring city and as always my mind's cart started to outrun the horse. Being fit enough to run even a half marathon and live to tell about it would be amazing. Maybe if I keep trying, slowly building, I can run a half marathon in a few months. Not sure how long it takes to train from something like that from 0, but there's one way to find out.
Finding the marathon listings also made me think back to why I wanted to run in the first place, as silly as it sounds It was during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and I had always dreamed of competing in a sport; any sport. Little pudgy unathletic me was always laughed at for entertaining this dream though. Kinda rightfully so even though it was discouraging. In 2008 I decided to push that aside and find a sport I might be able to excel in; especially getting a somewhat late start. After a few Google searches and questions seeking advice on forums the consensus was that running might fit the bill.
I decided to go for it, mentally anyway. I looked up info I was ready to go. Then I was ready to go again, and again, until the London Olympics rolled around 4 years later and I felt really bad about not even running an inch that entire time. My self pity still wasn't enough motivation, because I figured I waited too long and I was too fat and lazy. Now that I've just started moving, trying to be healthier it seems to be falling into place somewhat.
I don't know if I'll ever be that good, but at least It'll give me some motivation to try harder now that I've started. Maybe in about 7 years or so I really could make it, in distance running, or volleyball or archery? it could be anything within reason. I decide now that I'm going to continue being active and see if anything "clicks" for me. It may be my silly dreamer view of life, but I think I could prove all those people who laughed at me wrong; and if not at least I'll have fun trying.