On The Run

I can’t believe I’m doing this. But I’ve done it 4 times over the last week. Anyone that knows me knows it’s the last thing I would ever want to do.

I’m running*.

Gah! – just typing that makes me cringe. I HATE running. HATE. HATE. HATE. I always have. I think I always will.

At elementary school soccer practice I was always the kid fiddling with her shin guards and cleats so I didn’t have to do the 3-times-around-the-field running warm up. At high school soccer practice I dreaded the “suicide”** sprints our coach made us run after a lousy practice or game.  There is a reason I played fullback or goalie. In college I even took Jogging – an honest to goodness 16-week class that I got credit for – hoping that I’d learn to love running.  I didn’t. I ended up loathing every second of that class.

But, right now I can’t make it to my beloved trainer 3 times a week like I want. The thought of doing another round of 30-Day Shred or listening to Tony Horton’s cheerful encouragement in Power 90 in the unfinished basement is unbearable. So for almost 2 months I did nothing and felt like a slug.

Last week I finally loaded up the Couch to 5k app, tied on my shoes and headed out under the cover of dusk. And I survived. Although I wasn’t sure I would. The next 2 days I was in pain; like can barely walk kind of pain. But I did it 2 more times to finish the first week.

Tonight I started week 2 which, if you’re not familiar, ramps up the running time by 30 seconds each interval. I’m not going to lie – by the second run my inner dialogue went something like this: “You went through 2 labors without so much as a freaking Advil. You can run 20 more seconds, damn it!” And I did.

I’ll do it again on Saturday, then on again on Monday. Who knows – maybe by the fall I’ll sign up to run a 5k, but don’t count on it; I still hate running.

*It’s more of a jog/shuffle, really. I’m not sure anyone who saw me would call it running.
**I’m sure they’ve come up with a different name for those horrid sprints by now

 

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6 thoughts on “On The Run

  1. i TOTALLY use the labor theory when working out and running too! c’mon kimi, you can go through 36 hours of labor but you want to walk after X amount of miles?!?!?! it always works. yay for you!

  2. Amy says:

    I give you alot of thumbs up etc. I want to try running and have asked you about it and everything. Maybe this time I will finally get off the couch and get motivates like you did. Because you have inspired me to try.
    PS my 8 yr old dd likes playing goalie for the same reason you did. No running. Hehe

  3. jessica says:

    that’s awesome you started running! I have been running a little here and there and definitely want to start doing more… a 5k is about my limit right now… but i bet i would be doing a lot better if i was still working out with you guys at Jen’s. Hopefully in the fall I can start again I miss that burn the next morning getting out of bed!

  4. You go girl! I am so not a runner but I’m addicted to it. It’s my only alone time where I can collect my thoughts and not be gathering laundry or cleaning the kitchen. I’m slow but it’s not about speed, it’s about health and crossing the finish! Be proud!

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