Thursday, May 28, 2009

Running . . .

I have always said I am not a runner.

Runners are svelte, gazelle-creatures, with long slender legs and expensive performance-gear. I would often see them, especially as Spring turns to Summer, out with ear buds in ears and stylishly matched sports bras and tight little running shorts, tied together with their $200 running shoes. Ponytails bouncing back and forth, I would watch them with outward scorn, but inwardly I was terribly envious.

I have never seen myself as very physically capable; a heart condition in my youth stopped me from excelling at any sports (which made me hate them), and I have come to believe myself weak and incapable of change.

Then, last week, I started running.

My running program:
Week 1: Run 2 minutes, walk 4 minutes. Repeat for a total of 5 times.
Week 2: Run 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes. Repeat for a total of 5 times.
Week 3: Run 5 minutes, walk 2.5 minutes. Repeat for a total of 4 times.
Week 4: Run 7 minutes, walk 3 minutes. Repeat for a total of 3 times.
Week 5: Run 8 minutes, walk 2 minutes. Repeat for a total of 3 times.
Week 6: Run 9 minutes, walk 2 minutes. Repeat once, then run 8 minutes.
Week 7: Run 9 minutes, walk 1 minute. Repeat for a total of 3 times.
Week 8: Run 13 minutes, walk 2 minutes. Repeat once.
Week 9: Run 14 minutes, walk 1 minute. Repeat once.
* If you feel tired after week 9, repeat it a second week.
Week 10: Run 30 minutes.

It is hard, no mistake; by the fourth repetition of running, my legs feel like planks of wood, and my hip joints are starting to really burn. I caught my reflection yesterday, and my chest and arms were flushed red; I come in streaming with sweat. But, I cannot possibly describe the sense of accomplishment I feel after finishing a run; I feel energized and strong, and that is not a feeling I get very often. I am making myself into a runner.

I just bought my first pair of running shoes (TJ Maxx Reeboks for a fabulous deal), and I'm about to invest in a treadmill, so I won't have any excuses not to keep this up. I've programmed specific playlists in my ipod, timed for each week, so it takes the guesswork out of the intervals. I've lost a pound this week, and I'm only on week 2, with two more days to go.

I am becoming a runner, and, unsurprisingly, it is a change that does not only involve my legs. It means something else altogether, deeper and farther reaching.


Slices of Beauty... said...

Wow, inspired by baby steps approach!
Lovely blog.

Ginger said...

With a program this gradual, it doesn't feel so daunting! Thanks for the encouragement;)

Anonymous said...

Stopping by from SITS to say hi! I am in the process of training for a half marathon and I am NOT a runner either. Good luck to you, it sounds like you are well on your way!

Ginger said...

Good luck to you too!

Chyrls Origami said...

Keep it up! Ginger. :)

This should stop me procastinating going back to swimming regularly, considering its sunny most of the days in Singapore.

Keep us posted on your progress and enjoy it!