For as long as I can remember, I’ve hated running.
When I was in high school and on the softball team, I just about cried at the beginning and end of each practice when we had to run the bases for a given amount of time. Â Or worse – running laps around the gym. Â I thought I had ankle problems at the time, since that’s what seemed to hurt most. Â I taped my ankles for 4 years in high school to get me around the bases and catching flies in the outfield. Â And declared that I was not a runner.
During my college years, I worked with a girl who ran for fitness and I started to getÂ intrigued. Â See, I was a swimmer. Â My sport involved bathing suits, finding a pool, being wet and chlorinated; swimming is not ‘portable’. Â You can’t count on it for fitness if you travel or have a hectic life. Â Running seemed like the kind of thing that could go with you anywhere. Â I loved the idea. Â But *sigh* I was not a runner. Â I’d already decided that.
When my sister began running, she urged me to give it a try. Â She suggested I try a walk/run kind of thing (run for a min, walk for a min or two; repeat). Â It made sense, so I gave it a shot. Â And I hated it. Â I would have to walk for 3-5 minutes between each run and could only do a few runs. Â Every muscle in the lower half of my body was screaming and I could barely breathe. Â I hated every second of it. Â So I gave up. Â And declared that I was not a runner.
But I never stopped thinking about running. Â And I did try various walk/run and couch-to-5k type programs over the years. Â I tried and failed several times. Â But (I kid you not), running was in my head so deep that I often dreamt of just running for miles and miles. Â Yet, I continued to declare that I was Just. Not. A. Runner.
I was defeated by running. Â Which was OK, because I became a Mountain Biker instead. Â And was immediately in love! Â Mountain Biking is crazy fun and amazingly hard. Â Mountain Biking makes me feel incredible. Â Its adrenaline and endorphins. Â And most of all .. It is an escape from suburban-corporate-daily-life and gets me out and into the woods. Â *dreamy sigh*
Last winter, when we started loosing weight and following aÂ trend-lineÂ on the Physics Diet, I noticed that when I did some form of cardio 6 days per week, I lost much more weight than those weeks when I only did cardio 2-3 days a week. Â When we came back from our mid-winter vacation in theÂ Caribbean, trainer season was over and it was time to think about the outside world again. Â I knew I needed to exercise 6 days per week, but I just didn’t think I could get myself on the bike that often without feeling resentment, rather than love. Â I did not want to be so tied to my bike for fitness that I didn’t want to ride it for fun.
Nick had started focusing on training for the Lumberjack 100, and I really didn’t feel like tagging along on most of those rides. Â I was on my own, and looking for something to supplement biking. Â We had a gym membership at a little gym close by, but I never liked that place much, or gyms in general. Â Also – I really prefer things I can do outside. Â I dug up a Couch-to-5k podcast that I’d found a few years ago and sync’d it to my iPhone.
There was no way around it; the fates were telling me, it was time to try this running thing again.
to be continued …