There are times Reddit makes me nuts, but today, I am extremely grateful!
While I was waiting for the Advil to kick in to help with the achy knees, I thought “there has to be a Reddit running community” and in there, would be advice and support and suggestion.
Sure enough there is! And there is advice that’s reasonable, logical and most importantly, no judgmental.
Off to the gym now, with some extra thoughts as well as managing my expectations of what I’m capable of and how to reach my goals!
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I’m to “run” 20 minutes a day on a treadmill right now.
I’m working on a 1 minute run, 2 minute fast walk schedule and variations around that, as I learn to run and as I build endurance for running. The first 10 minutes I can do that, it’s effort, it’s work, but I can meet that goal. The second 10 minutes not so much. I can do between 30 and 45 seconds.
Part of this is the head game of feeling confident in running at a speed on a treadmill. There’s a co-ordination there that I don’t feel yet.
The other is the knees. As I’m still over 200 pounds, the knees are getting punished with the pounding.
Daylight savings let me sleep in until 8 am this morning, usually I’d just bounce out of bed, grab a quick bite for breakfast and be on my way to the gym. But this morning I’m giving the Advil time to kick in.
This will get easier right? I will get stronger? There will be a moment where this goes from simply surviving to being able to increase strength…….right?
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Remember running as a child? It was so natural, so easy and you did it just for the sheer joy of running.
Well other than dashing through traffic, I’ve forgotten how to run. Yes the actual physicality of running: I seem to have lost it.
I set some goals this winter, for the summer, of running. I’m starting to work on those goals now. But in starting, I’ve discovered I’ve forgotten how to run. The first time I increased the speed on the treadmill beyond a fast walk, I started to jog the way Fred Flintstone bowls. Many tiny steps. The trainer looked at me like I was from Mars. Once I declared in genuine shock “I’ve forgotten how to run” she understood.
So the training went from “how far can you go how fast?” to figuring out the mechanics all over again. Becoming comfortable with speed and co-ordination. Focusing on lengthening the stride to match the speed.
When you’re bigger, your center of gravity is higher in your body. Balancing is a concern and you walk accordingly. As I shrink, I’m having to relearn how to use my body. There is great joy in stretching, in jumping, in elongating a stride, because I can.
Ownership of your own body is so important, and feeling it do the things it was built to do, to do the things you remember in childhood and in the teen years, is more motivating than anything else.
So we’re starting with 3 -1, so walk 3 minutes run 1 minute and repeat. Then as I gain coordination and comfort I’ll go to 2-1 then 1-1 and then just run.
There’s no time table, just me and the machine.
Posted in Fighting the demons, Hey...that's cool!, Just for fun, training | Tagged childhood, fun, goals, learning, racing, running, training | 1 Comment »
March is going to be a little different fitness wise. I’m going to push on and get the last 3 miles in for the swim to get me to the 50 mile mark. Then I’m going to focus on some other goals.
I’ll keep track of my swimming, the laps will just come in other bursts.
I’m being cryptic, because I don’t like to confess what I’m up to until I know I can do this. As I explained to a friend recently…that if I only reveal the goals I achieve, then no one knows how much I fail, and fail all the time!
I hope by shaking it up, I can kick start some more weight loss and take my fitness to the next level!
Posted in 100 mile swim, Fighting the demons, Just for fun, Planning | Tagged beginings, change, fitness, new goals, starts, Weightloss | Leave a Comment »
Running special events is a pretty busy hectic life, but I love doing special events. We only do a few a year. Want them to be super special, and they do take a lot of staff time so we have to watch the ROI.
But for this event, heels and a gown are the expectation. So all the running around and event prepping and work during, is done in a gown and heels! Ok I gave up on the heels about 2 hours in and put my pink Reeboks back on. The floor is a skim of carpet over concrete and being on your feet for essentially 8 hours is hard on the knees even in running shoes, heels = crippling!
So this first photo is me heading off to seal off our Best Picture ballot boxes, and Evan, our Red Carpet host insisted I stop and talk to him. Chaos ensued!
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