I Hate Running
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
First off I loathe running. The huffing and the puffing for air. The pain in my knees and/or shins. The fear that I will trip and fall flat on my face on the treadmill.
I have tried and failed to complete the C25K workout about 3 times. I get all gung ho about it and then into week 2 I flake out. I love my usual group classes at the gym. Zumba? Kickboxing? Anyone anyone? Sign me up!!!Woot woot!!
So how did I find myself here training for the Army 10-Miler? Not sure. It was mentioned at the office Christmas party (I blame the booze). Then when sign up time came around you could hear crickets chirping. All the people who originally wanted to do it flaked out. My name was brought up- still not sure why.
I was asked to join in one of the running groups. I declined politely and lamely said "If you need to fill a spot I'll do it but try to get an actual runner in there". Doi!!! This was mistake #1. Apparently we are running low on runners in my office. So here I am. Signed up on team Bravo.
The race is in October and I have put 2 weeks worth of training into this.
10-Miler Prep- the Hal Higdon way:
1) Get new shoes. Apparently a runner needs proper shoes. I went and got fitted for running shoes. Actually I have to say I do notice a difference in how I run.(when I say I run please note I am so slow Spark labels my running as walking). My feet don't hurt!!
2) Stretching- learned this the hard way! I was so stiff and sore the first round- thank goodness for Coach Nicole and her stretching video.
3) Cover the distance- I have learned not to push my speed right now, my main goal is to get my miles in.
I wanted to track this "journey" to the runner's world. It would be funny if I ended up loving to run. As of this week 1 mile has become a breeze (up to 3 miles right now)! I still huff and puff and feel like I am going to slam face first on the treadmill. I take my "runs" outside on Saturdays.
I'll come and post updates as the weeks progress.
P.S. Week 2: Still HATE running.