Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My little goal!

No--that is not me...image obtained from the web!
So I have this little goal that I would like to accomplish by the end of this summer…bearing my back doesn’t go out like it did last summer.  Fun times!  Thank goodness for a great local chiropractor that has fixed me up pretty good!  

My little goal is to be able to run 1 mile.  

Yes you read that right!  1 mile.  

I have never been a runner, nor do I intend to be a marathoner.  You will not see my in the Boston Marathon anytime soon…or entering any races in the near future.  

In PE class growing up, I dreaded having to do anything that required running any type of long distance.  I played basketball, volleyball, and softball and playing those sports I did just fine…of course with the exception of basketball, the latter two didn’t involve a whole lot of running.…and then when it was that time of year to run a timed mile…I was always in the last few to finish it.  Never was able to run it straight through.  Not sure if it was my running technique…breathing technique…maybe I didn’t have appropriate shoes…but I felt like I was going to die.  

So my goal…to fulfill a lifelong childhood-teenagehood goal of running  1 mile…non-stop in 10 minutes or less. 
I am on my 5th week of training.  I consulted with one of my friends who is an avid runner and has a degree in all things fitness and nutrition.  She looked over my plan and said it looked pretty good and gave me some suggestions on what I could buy to help me out and what iPhone ap I could install to help me keep track of my progress.

So how is my training going?  I guess you could say pretty good.  I started the first week with walking 5 minutes running 2 minutes…3 times.  Then the second week walking 4 running 3…and so on.  Each week the walking time decreases as the running time increases.  I do feel like I am about to die towards the end of the allotted time…but I feel like my body is getting used to the running part.  Ok…jogging really slow part.  

My favorite time to get out is at 6am while everyone is still sleeping and it is still dark out.  I don’t have to worry about onlookers and it is kind of nice to see the sunrise.  I have tried the evening once so far…too many onlookers and I swear if I didn’t give my kids a stern lecture before I took off I would have had 3-6 kids following me.  My neighborhood also gets pretty boring.  I have to walk/run down every street …sometimes twice to just finish whatever is on the plate for the week.  I am not brave enough to run on the country roads because of the lack of street lights and dust from cars. 
So secretly root me on as I strive to run 1 mile straight through in less than 10 minutes!!:)  Thanks!

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