Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Beating up the legs a bit...

So, I've never been a runner. Even as a child when I ran a couple of 10k races and even a 12k it never really was fun and I'm not good. And then this whole idea of changing my life came about last year and I started running. Just as I was getting into it I got injured and could hardly walk without pain much less run. I spent months getting my foot into shape with icing, stretching, the Strassburg Sock and my beloved Foot Rubz ball.

And then I started back. First, I got fitted for shoes (which I later found out were a size too big) and I started slowly on an elliptical. Since then I've worked my way to outdoors and dreadmill (uh, sorry treadmill) running. I did a 5 mile fun race in February and felt good (although I only ran continuously for 20 minutes, the rest was run/walk) and then my skiing and life schedules deflated my will to train and I took too much time off so I'm building again toward running the Bolder Boulder on May 25th. My plan right now has me adding 1/2 mile per week between now and then and trying to get 3 days a week running in. Yesterday was my long day of the week of 3.5 miles. I decided to take a new tact with this run and headed for the gym. Since I'd needed to walk more than I wanted I decided to back off my run pace a bit and see how long I could run without walking. My first goal was 15 minutes. I got there and felt good so I told myself I could do 2 more songs. And I got there and felt good so I said 1 more. And it kept going on like that until I only had an estimated 8 minutes left in the run so I found my 2 most motivational songs on my iPod and went for it. And I finished the 3.5 miles not walking (excepting the 2 minute warm up) at all.

Maybe I can be a runner.

4 comments:

Dee said...

You CAN be a runner! Congratulations on your accomplishment.

I'm hitting the gym regularly now, but now quite ready to run yet. I'm still walking at 3.6 for 20 minutes or so and then 30 minutes on the EFX machine.

Paige (615bride on CLBB) said...

I have a friend running the Bolder Boulder! Have fun!

Terri said...

Robyn - You know you're such an inspiration these days! How exciting to run that long when you didn't expect to be able to do it! There's a runner in you yet!

Robyn said...

Aw, shucks ladies! I'm excited about the progress!