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Sunday, April 08, 2012

I've been slacking on the running lately... I got distracted by the elliptical and have been walking a lot more, which has left my run-muscles pretty sore and in need of rest. Finally, though, I am getting used to walking to and from class. It doesn't hurt every day anymore.

So, it's time to get back to running more regularly (at least twice a week).

Starting today.

Today I did the couch to 5k Week5Day2 again, except outside this time(on a trail with hills), which made it much more difficult! I may not be able to do Wk5Day3 for a while, but 8 min running intervals certainly do work up a sweat and take a lot out of me, so I don't mind repeating this workout for a few more weeks.

I really, really love running. As I stated in my timeline blog, I originally started running to lose weight. Now I feel like I am trying to lose weight to become a better runner! Funny how that has evolved in just 6 months. I also find myself eating better just to increase my running performance (which obviously helps me lose weight). I am so grateful I took the plunge and started running.

After reading my friend (Nikki)'s blog today who is beginning C25k for the first time, I had a flashback memory: I remember exactly how much it hurt when I started, mostly my lower back but also my hamstrings and shins. Running felt torturous then and although I liked how it helped me lose weight, I hated the activity itself for a long time. Now, though, I find that my body craves it, and I have finally figured out my balance: how to get my "runner's high" without overdoing it and risking injury. I don't quite understand it really, but running has slowly evolved from a torturous means to an end, into a fun hobby that I just -like- to do :)

And I get better. Ever so slowly, I am getting stronger, faster, building endurance. I am now living 100% back-pain free. I feel like that should be celebrated more than any amount of weight I could ever lose.

I may run slower than some people walk, but I am going to just keep getting better and faster as the weight comes off. I know that I will always have a goal to shoot for with running, and it is an endless source of motivation for me.

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    Thank you so much for this. I am going to get a pair of good quality running shoes next week and hopefully not chicken out and let them go to waste. What do I care if people are watching my arm fat flop around, right?

    I am doing it. Thanks again for showing me why I can and will.

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    3085 days ago
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    You got me thinking hard about doing that Couch to 5K. Between this blog, and Nikki's.....y'all both got me thinking pretty hard about it. Thank you.

    3086 days ago
  • OSTERA15
    I can't say that I love running, but as I have gotten back into exercising outdoors I find that when I am walking I'll get the urge to run, maybe I am just starting to like it! emoticon
    3086 days ago
    I'm hoping that once the pain goes away I will love running too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts though! Very inspiring!
    3086 days ago
    Great blog! I love to run too. Its amazing how wonderful it makes me feel, such a sense of accomplishment! Keep up the good work. :)

    3086 days ago
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    When exercise becomes a hobby, that's a great thing. I am working on that now.
    3086 days ago
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    YAY!!! I hope to feel the same way in the near future. You really did plant the seed about running for me. I'm thankful for that even if I do jiggle! emoticon
    3086 days ago
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    Awesome blog, and being pain free is number one. Love the quote by John Bingham.
    3087 days ago
    I love running! I didn't start doing it seriously until this year but I adore it. My friend and I are training up to do a 5k in August, (running from zombies, eek!) and we're both enjoying the improvements we see one another making the more we do it. Don't worry about being slow, we both go at a snail's pace too at the moment. hahaha But that's how you build up your endurance! When I always ran before I'd do sprints and I wouldn't get far before I felt like I was dying. Slow and steady I've found is the BEST way to start! That's awesome for you and I bet in another few months you'll see huge improvements in yourself! EVEN MORE!
    3087 days ago
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    I love those quotes! I was trying to find that one about "not being the fastest...."

    I love to run too! It is the best feeling. I am going to run today!
    3087 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Wow. I admire people who love to run. I love everything about running except the activity. I like being outside, I like the simplicity, I like the way it makes me feel. I Lurve entering it into the tracker and seeing how much I improved. But I get no joy from the physical exhertion.

    3087 days ago
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