Posts Tagged ‘running’

Rookie Running: Confessions

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

You may have noticed that it’s been a while since I last had posted about running.  If you thought that was on purpose because my ultimate goal was to complete my couch to 5k program, you think more highly of me than you ought to.  In fact, I meant to continue, but I got sick oh… a month ago….and wasn’t sure how to run when I was coughing and phlegmy. (Gross.)  And then I had stressful circumstances to think and act through and, well, the excuses keep coming.  Yesterday I didn’t feel very good.  Today I feel fine but I didn’t eat at the right times so now I’m stuck with my office getting organized and my lunch eaten and halfway through a glass of milk with my stomach thinking, No way. Three hours from now is 4:45. Shall I go then? Oh, I hope.

I’m disappointed with running, all in all.  That’s not to say I gave it a fair shot — i.e. more than a couple months of actual, real running instead of run/walking — but I really hoped that once I “got into it” like everyone says, I’d be in love and couldn’t resist it.  ENDORPHINS, where you at?


I felt the need to write this confession because I want someone out there to tell me everything will be okay, including all my joints, which lots of people have scared me into believing will give me trouble if I continue to run. (Like I need another excuse not to, people!)  So here I have compiled a list of things that are GOOD about running:

• helps me feel less restless.
• helps me sleep better
• helps me stick to a schedule during the week.
• encourages me to eat healthier. *with the minor exception of the candy I let myself eat before I go — usually a couple sour patch kids. My father-in-law says he eats gummy bears during runs for little energy boosts.  He runs marathons; I run less than 3 miles. Anything that makes me run, right??
• allows me to be able to say “YES I exercise” if anyone (like my doctor) asks.
• acquaints me with my neighborhood.
• is FREE! Unlike a gym membership.

Goal for today or tomorrow, whichever it ends up being:  run a mile.  Just one little mile.  Next time I’ll be harder on myself.

Rookie Running: Week 6

Monday, June 28th, 2010

I’m back from a lovely weekend in gorgeous Spokane with my family.  We assembly lined an impressive amount of handmade wedding invitations (around 140). This included manually stamping/embossing, hand-addressing, printing and applying 3 different labels, tying tags, and grommeting each one.  I also got to watch my brother and soon-to-be brother-in-law compete in Hoopfest.  I even got a little sunburned!

Today I started Week 6 of the Couch to  5k program.  I’ll be reporting on two runs, because last Friday I ran for 20 straight minutes!

Week 5, Run 3: This run was a 5-minute warm up walk, 20-minute run, and 5-minute cool-down walk.  I was pretty scared going into it, but remembered to pace myself and start slow.  I had to run in Spokane because I flew there at 6 am.  Thankfully, the route was fairly flat, with only one slight hill that I climbed during the first half — which meant I got to run down it on my way home.  I took my family’s dog Molly with me, which also made me nervous because I’ve never run with a dog, but it was okay.  She made me feel lame because her running alongside me was much more like trotting (okay, it could even have been called fast walking). I thought I was going extremely slowly until I told my dad about it later and he said she doesn’t really “run” with him either.  One thing that made this run exciting was that my neighbor’s psycho dog came out of nowhere in the last 20 feet of my run, blindsided Molly, and started attacking her.  I screamed — loudly — and Molly fought back for a minute, and then the dog ran off.  It was terrifying. (more…)

Rookie Running: Week 5

Monday, June 21st, 2010

First, the weekend update:

We went into this weekend with two plans, brought about by two exciting additions to our stuff pile.

1) Last week, Eric’s brother David sent us a surprise — Secret of Mana for SNES. (!!!)

2) Eric also received some new-to-him bike racks that he ordered in the mail. We saw that they were a little scuffed up and teeny bits of rust were threatening to grow larger, so…

Our plans for this weekend were born:  lay around playing Super Nintendo, and spray-paint bike racks.  Yes, these plans were pre-arranged, and we stuck to them, mostly.  We did get bored by Saturday night and decided to go out for an impromptu Toy Story 3 excursion.  We went to the 11:15 non-3D showing, and my elderly body was seriously disoriented.  I don’t remember the last time I was up until 1:30 am!  We really enjoyed the movie, though.  Sunday evening, we also added in a church visit to Door of Hope, which we’ve been meaning to check out since it started last Summer.  There, we ran into a friend and spent some time with her after the service. (more…)

Rookie Running: Week 4

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Eric and I had a full couple of days this weekend, which was a lot of fun.  On Friday, we went out on an overdue date to celebrate his promotion and my getting a job.  He took me to Wildwood, which was a definite splurge but well worth it for a once-a-year type of date.  I absolutely recommend filing it away for your next special occasion.  All the food is locally grown and they change the menu daily.  They’re also known for having a wonderful wine selection.  We had the most knowledgeable waiter I’ve ever experienced, and one of the restaurant’s owners was circulating the dining room meeting guests and making sure they were enjoying themselves.  We shared an amazing salad with strange little mushrooms, and for dinner Eric had a grilled pork chop and I had lamb shoulder with all sorts of amazing stuff like crushed pistachios and orange zest and mint.  We tried two different Pinot Noirs (our favorite) that our waiter recommended to pair with the salad and the entrees.  We finished with a rhubarb pistachio hand pie and coffee.  Delicious.  Saturday we watched the England/U.S. World Cup game at McMenamins Baghdad Theater, hit up Cirque du Cycling for a couple hours, and then headed out to the Mt. Hood National Forest, where we met Burk and Lydia for a climbing and camping trip.  Sunday was church and relaxation.

Yesterday I began week four of my Couch to 5k program.  Here’s what I have to look forward to this and next week… (more…)

Brynna begins to run.

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Today I laced up my running shoes for the 8th time in 15 days.  I’ve been running consistently every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since May 24th, and before that I was still trying to go a couple times a week — I was just failing a lot more.

I’m not a natural runner.  (Do you see a trend with this blog?) I’m trying to become one, because a) it’s good for my health, b) it prompts me to be self-disciplined, c) I know a lot of runners who love it and I’m dying to see what’s so special.  Could something so horrible really turn into something so fantastic?  So far, no.  I think the runners who love it are kind of crazy.  At this point, I don’t enjoy running except on extremely rare occasions and the satisfaction is short-lived.  I’m very prone to side-cramps and have tried lots of different methods to get rid of them, but nothing seems to eliminate them completely.  I haven’t linked them consistently to food, water, sleep, style, or any other factor.  It’s just that sometimes I get them, and they’re horribly bad.   I also have really terrible endurance, due in part to a lifetime of not getting good cardiovascular exercise.  I had surgery when I was 18 to correct a deformity in my bone structure that made my sternum press on the left ventricle of my heart.  This meant that my heart was never able to fill up completely, and had to work harder than other hearts to do the same amount of work.  Exercise exhausted me and I would feel like I was going to die if I ever had to push myself to do things like run the mile in P.E.  It’s really too bad I didn’t figure out about my ailment until after I had already taken the required P.E. classes in school… The surgery I had involved restructuring my rib cage and keeping my sternum away from my heart with a titanium bar, which my best friend Betsy endearingly called the “crowbar.” (more…)