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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Jogging Journey

"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.  So I ran to the end of the road.  And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town.  And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County.  And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama.  And that's what I did.  I ran clear across Alabama.  For no particular reason I just kept on going.  I ran clear to the ocean.  And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going.  When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going. "--Forrest Gump 
Okay, so I've never been much of a long distance runner - never really had the lung capacity for it.  I could sprint pretty well, but when it came to even 1/4 mile, I would get so winded.  So I never really gave it much thought.  For some reason, I'd do really well on the elliptical, but as soon as I'd get on the treadmill or the road, it felt like my airways were closing up.

Well, thanks to Facebook I kept seeing all of my old high school friends (and boy do I mean old - hehe) logging all of their running while training for their marathons, and lemme tell ya, I was getting jealous (in a good motivating, competitive way).

So I decided to start running, but then I got a stress fracture in my ankle*, and then this happened....
40 weeks pregnant with my third boy - How much mileage can I get out of this picture?
....need I say more.  

So after Isaac was born, I was determined to get back in shape.  My 40 week free-for-all did nothing for my body.  So we splurged and got a Bob Revolution (oh wait, it matches with our values so it's not a splurge - holla!), and let me tell you - I LOVE IT!!!!  It has totally allowed me to become a runner now.  The boys (I run with Levi and Isaac) are totally content (most of the time), and it's so easy to push that it's not even a factor.
Me and Isaac and the Bob on the Royal Gorge Bridge on our Colorado vacation a few weeks ago
I didn't follow a plan or anything; I just started out walking and jogging intermittently until I ran more than I walked.  I would run until I couldn't anymore, and eventually my running time was longer and longer.  And today I ran for a whole hour!  Well, I did drop the boys off at school in there (in which I paused my timer), so it wasn't an hour straight, but it's a hell of a lot more than I've ever run ever before, so I was happy about that.  It was a little over 6 miles, and I think that's a good start.

*My disclaimer is, though, that if you want to start running, then listen to your body!  A couple of summers ago I got a stress fracture because I tried to push myself into running sooner than my muscles and bones were ready.  And stress fractures really suck.  If I would have paced myself, then I wouldn't have had the huge setback of an injury.

So anyway, if you find yourself jealous of your running friends like I was, then just go for it!  What's your workout routine lately?

3 comments :

  1. you remind me of this quote: "That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going. "--Forrest Gump

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  2. Oh yes, I did just edit my post to include that. Ha!

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  3. Good work! It's pretty amazing to see the way your body gets stronger and running no longer seems as hard as it once did. I'm training for a half marathon right now. I just posted about it, I hope you'll come over and read!

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