Run baby, run!
I don’t even remember how everything started, but one day I just said: “I want to run”.
If you are looking for a technical article about running, please save your time. I do not know anything about it. I just recently found out I enjoy it, and I committed to finish my first 10k race. That’s all.
So, this is just a post of a beginner “runner” talking about her experience of running and her motivation.
As I said, I do not remember how I found my drive, but it might be watching – please do not laugh – ! (I’m not overweight but I love that show).
I remember watching the last episode when the final four participants run a marathon (50 k), and I couldn’t believe they actually got to the finish line.
“If they can do it – I must have thought – I can do it too”. Now I am training to run my first 10k race.
Starting to run wasn’t easy, but I find it even harder to actually find the time to train. I know it would be better for me to do it in the morning, but that means getting up at 6am, and I do not see that happening any time soon. However I notice I have my best performance in the evening, so I train after work, even if sometimes it gets pretty late.
It’s been only two months, and since it’s winter – not just winter actually, Canadian winter – I’m running on the treadmill, but I’m willing to start running outside as soon as I can (which will save me from losing focus on people leaving the gym and forgetting the TV on, or running on the treadmill not wearing sneakers, or running holding on the front of the treadmill with both arms like if they are ready to faint and then leaving without wiping the machine. Gross!)
Consistency is the number one factor in training: no matter how shitty I feel, I do not skip a day – I train 2-3 days a week. I am just a beginner, and I don’t really know what I’m doing, and if I’m doing it right, but if I’m feeling my heart getting stronger and my legs being able to run longer, maybe I’m doing something right.
As I mentioned, focusing is still a problem for me. I feel more confident when nobody else is at the gym, and even a wrong song in my running playlist can bother me. I am also very time and distance conscious (too much), at the point where I have to cover the display of the treadmill with the towel to better focus on running. It’s amazing how better I can run without checking the time every few minutes, and without worry if I’m going to slow or if I reached the time where I usually hit my wall mid-workout.
Lately I have found a very nice app for my phone (miCoach): it’s basically a running coach. You can pick your plan based on your goal, the race you want to run, the time you have available, etc. If you run with your music it’s fine, because you can select you playlist, and the only difference you will notice is the trainer’s voice telling you to increase or decrease your paste, guiding you in every aspect of your run. At the end, it will calculate your average speed, calories, burned, and you have the possibility to add notes, indicate how you felt about it.
I find it very helpful since I have not clue of how to properly get ready for a race.
Beside running, I pay a lot of attention to breathing, stretching and flexibility, trying to use yoga poses and exercises to improve my performance and avoid injures.
I also love talking about my training with my husband. He’s really helpful and keeps my motivation alive. He’s been into his sport routine for years now, and even if he asks me often to go running together I want to build my confidence and strength before doing that, because I know I am not strong enough right now to go running with him.
I’m enjoying my adventure so far, getting interested about different aspects, finding out about mental tricks for runners and other cool stuff.
Do you run? I would love to hear your story.
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