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Thursday, June 13, 2013

I've been trying to up my running game lately. Part of my motivation is that I've noticed the hip hop and zumba classes are not serving me as well. I'm not sweating as hard, not reaching target heart rate, etc. Of course, if I modified my movements I could probably hit my goals, but the classes have become increasingly crowded over the summer! There's as not much room anymore. I know when fall comes around and both my daughter and I are back in school, our schedules may not permit the trips to the Y as often. There's nothing quicker and easier to fit into one's schedule than simply going out for a run. I have to do it. I have been at this crossroads before and I know I have to push through all the doubts and pain to just frickin' run! I have to bust out of my wogging comfort zone and work HARDER. I would love to someday be able to run a mile straight without stopping to walk. That seems inconceivable to me now!

I came across this on Pinterest and it made me laugh:

I know that after a run I always feel such a sense of pride and well being. It's getting to that point,"after" a run, that is the challenge. I know it's good for me and the most effective exercise for me, but taking that first step out the door and the first step from a walk to run that can be so difficult. It's hard. Running is hard. And, as they say, the difficulty is more of a mental challenge. The "I suck", "I hurt", and "I can't" demons completely rage during running.

Tuesday I really pushed myself for the first time in a long long while. I HURT yesterday. Enough of a hurt to take it easy. I only logged 25 mins of exercise yesterday and it felt as though I might as well have laid about on the couch. I didn't get my normal fix of workout high. My right knee and back were screaming though. I knew that if I pushed it yesterday, pushing it via running today would be an impossibility. I have to do this. This is a very firm goal that I set for myself when I started back with Spark in April. I MUST run. I suck at it, I struggle with it, I am weak willed when it comes to it. I HAVE to change and I have a firm deadline for that change. The time is NOW.

You guys might hear me whine a lot as I go through this. I'm hoping that after a couple of months, I'll be past this hump. I want to start doing 5Ks again in the fall and ultimately would like to move up to 10K and half marathons by next year! It's going to take serious dedication. I tell myself that I know I can do it, even though there are still little niggling doubts in the back of my mind. I think the real issue is how swiftly and gracefully it will be done!

Have a great day, everyone!
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  • NHES220
    Like Kaliswalker mentioned, you should check into why you have pain. It could be the way you are running, it could be your shoes and are you stretching after? It is best to get fitted for shoes at a running store. I see you are from Lexington, KY. I Googled running stores and there is one call John's Run/Walk shop. They also have beginning 5k programs and links to other resources. I agree with you though, no other work out gets my heart rate up and gets me sweating like running!
    2141 days ago
    running is physical but it's also psychological . . .since may 2012 i have been running for 30 minutes 3 to 4 times in a week and i can tell you that on my run days i feel like going back to bed but i just put on my running shoes and i go ahead and do my 30 mins and afterwards i feel so good. emoticon JUST TELL YOURSELF " THIS IS MY RUN DAY AND I AM RUNNING"
    2141 days ago
    You can do it! I can rum two miles without stopping! I started walk/rum, walk/rum, walk/rum and before I knew it, it was all rum! My goals is 5 miles by the end of September. If I can do it (I was pretty lazy) ------YOU CAN DO IT!
    2141 days ago
  • KASE72
    Whine away. Running = emoticon
    2141 days ago
    I am having trouble moving past my little wogging world too!!! I've got to get back to pushing myself, even though the weather is getting really, really hot here! I can still run at night!
    2142 days ago
    If you have pain when you are running, please check out why you hurt. I found out I had a hip issue. Being outside is a great way to exercise, you cannot just jump off a treadmill, you have to turn around and still get home.
    2142 days ago
    Awesome goal - I'm excited for you. I just can't enjoy running - and I'm okay with that. However - I truly admire those that do. Dh is convinced I will love it once the weight goes down - too much strain on my knees now. Who knows - anything is possible, right?

    Wishing you much success with running - I can see you now - wizzing past me!

    Great job, too - realizing that what you are doing is not making enough of an impact. I have to reassess often - it's good that you are listening to yourself!

    2142 days ago
    Awesome blog. You can do this....ANYTHING, really. You can do ANYTHING, Holley :-).

    I, however, would be the lady doubled over, in the first vignette, crying 'I thought they said RUM!' lolol..... ;-)~

    2142 days ago
    I have an app on my phone called Run! Zombies! It is fun. You plug in how fast you want the zombies to go, and how many you want (size of outbreak if you will) and then you plot on a map where your destination is, and the zombies will chase you if they are near! I have done it a few times now, and it is fun! (Helps me keep going sometimes!) Just a suggestion!
    2142 days ago
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