Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Love/Hate Relationship with Running

I have never been a runner. Ever. When I was in junior high and high school, I used to dread the days when we had to run the mile. I was always one of the last to finish and was huffing and puffing and wheezing the entire time. Horrible. I never wanted to be a runner and I didn't understand why other people "ran for fun". When I have chosen to work out, my preference has always been to do circuit training or weight training. I feel that I can better master those and they are easier for me.

Now, as I have started on this weight loss journey, I understand that the best way to lose weight is by doing cardio. This is difficult for me and it is a mind over matter issue. I always tend to quit things that I start. So, after all these years, I have decided that I should become a runner. Crazy, I know. I printed off a Couch to 5K program guide and put it on my fridge and I have actually started to get my butt outside and run. It has not been easy, but I am really proud of myself. 

I am mainly just running in intervals as I don't feel that I have the stamina yet to run for long periods of time (again, mind over matter), but I am getting better. It doesn't help that my neighborhood is very hilly and going up the hills are killer, but I can run for a longer distance than I could when I started. It is all about progress. Slow and steady wins the race. I have been thinking about possibly signing up for a 5K to run in the next year so I have a goal to strive for. We'll see how that goes. My next plan of action is to get some new running shoes and a really good sports bra. I wouldn't want to put an eye out. ;)