Confessions of a non-runner trying to run

April 19, 2013  •  1 Comment

Many of you know, but some of you may not, that I have (stupidly) decided to run the mini marathon in Indianapolis. After much encouragement from my boyfriend (who runs it every year) and a friend (who said she would do it with me...but then got pregnant and isn't doing it anymore. Ha!) I bought the ticket to run do it. All the while thinking "Why am I paying to run?!" The mini marathon is 13.1 miles...up until I started training for the mini I had only ran without stopping for about...oh, I don't know... .5 miles. hahaha...POINT FIVE MILES!  It's embarrassing, I know, but I wanted to set a goal for myself and get some good cardio in! I don't run. I don't exercise. I am short of breath when I walk up a flight of stairs. I adore the couch, and sitting and editing pictures and watching TV shows. It's bad people! What makes it worse is that I am naturally skinny (thank you mom!), so I don't get to see results like loosing a few lbs. 

I started training slowly. For the first few weeks I was just trying to get up to running 1 mile, so I would run/walk on the treadmill until I could work my way up to running 1 mile without stopping. Let me tell you, it is such a mental battle for me. I will make a goal like "Run to that third mailbox and then you can stop" then when I get to the second mail box I'm like "Meh...close enough!" and I stop! I'm tellin ya people, mental is 90% of the battle for me.  If you could only hear what goes on in my head. It's almost like arguing with me calling myself names trying to motivate myself to keep going! 

(My new running shoes!)

I digress, after I did the 1 mile I went for 3 miles a few weeks later when it was finally warm enough to run outside. Sure I had to stop and walk for a few minutes, but I still finished it in 30 minutes! I felt on fire...I couldn't believe I had accomplished that! The weekend after that I went for 5 miles, and did it! Again I had to walk a little in there, but I kept it steady at a 10 minute mile - Go me!!  Then something happened...the weather took a turn and it rained 3 days in a row. On top of that, the day the rain came our water heater broke. It was broken for 4 days and the only way it could work is if you had enough muscles (which I don't) to turn it on with a wrench. Well, I certainly didn't want to have to wait for my bf to get home to turn it on, and I certainly didn't want to sit in my sweat until he got home...so that was enough for me to give up running for 4 straight days. FOUR DAYS PEOPLE! That's all it took to loose everything I had built up. 

When I tried to run again I could only get in about 2 miles - and some muscle behind my knee hurt about half way through. What was happening to me? Where did my months of training go? I still don't know, as I haven't been able to do a longer run yet. I plan on trying for a longer run tomorrow morning, and am praying it all magically comes back to me!  Wish me luck! -Abby

 


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charesse craig(non-registered)
Just remember "pain is temporary, quitting is forever" =)
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