Thursday, February 9, 2012

Running


My long time friend Jenny wrote a post on her blog about running and how she really doesn't like it. I have had many people tell me that they don't like running. Some days I agree with them. I have a love-hate relationship with running. I love running because I feel so good when I am done. I love the feel of running shoes on my feet, and the way my legs look after a few weeks of conditioning. I love the feeling of my legs rotating through and the brief second that I am flying. I love the smell of the track when the sun hits it and especially after a snow storm. I love the sound of dripping water when the snow is melting off the black rubber creating little puddles. I hate getting out of bed in the mornings to go running. I hate the way my lungs and throat burn after not running for a few months. I hate paying so much money for running shoes. I hate running on main street when people can see me(especially if I am one of the last ones).

I started running in the 5th grade. My teacher Mrs. Dial had a wonderful PE schedule for us, we would do aerobics on some days and running on the other days. I really didn't do much running other than in PE after Mrs. Dial's class. Once I was in High School and trying to find myself, I toyed with the idea of trying out for softball. But my best friend Lori was going out for Track. Well, I decided to start running with her and then I met a girl named Trisha at Practice. Trisha is very persuasive and kept me going to practice and running(Trisha became my SIL). My Coach saw something in me or he was just desperate for runners back then, but Coach Corry cheered for me and ran along side me in practice. To make a long story short, I was hooked. Running on the college team helped pay my way through college. Since then I have helped coach two different high school teams and tried running between having babies.
Running hurts and it takes awhile before it doesn't anymore. But if you can get to that point of it not hurting, your body will tell you to go out and run because you will feel so much better. For those who have wanted to run and not known how to start, here you go:
Day 1: Walk for 1 minute run for 1 minute, do this for 10 minutes. That is all 10 minutes.
Day2: Walk for 2 minutes, run for 1 minute, do this for 10 minutes
Day 3: Walk for 10 minutes, run for 2 minutes
Day 4: Walk for 10 minutes run for 5 minutes
Day 5: Walk and run on what you feel
Really, it is what you feel. If it hurts don't give up just slow it down a little. Just put your training shoes on and go for a walk to the mailbox, but take the long way around. Let the air clear your mind and soul.

3 comments:

  1. You've inspired me. I NEED to get out of the house this time of year. So when the mailbox is on the front of your house, do you walk out the back door to the front door... is that the long way around? I'm going tonight!

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  2. What a great post. I too am inspired and will find time to run this week, even though I hate it during but love it after.

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  3. Ahh, running! Definitely a love/hate relationship! Infact, at this point, I'm not sure where myself and running are at. I'm hoping to rekindle our relationship when warmer weather comes around!

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