Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A Walk in the Park

Thanks for all your advice on my last post. I guess it is going to take some time getting used to this new body. I guess I just have to take it one day at a time, one experience at a time. I'll share stuff with you guys as it happens. I took a lovely walk on Sunday. I found a trail near my apartment that goes through a wooded area and ends at a golf course. I covered about 2-2.5 miles. I'm thinking about trying to do a run/walk the next time I go, which will probably be this weekend because I want to go when its well populated. I'll use the Couch-to-5K training method. I haven't run since I played soccer in high school. I am probably about the same weight now as I was back then, but running did not come easily for me. I always said I didn't have the build for it. I struggled and was in the back of the pack. But running has always held a sort of mystique for me - a sense of freedom and power that I've never had. Probably sounds crazy. My mom took up running when she was a little older than the age I am now. She competed in 5Ks all the time and had a wall of trophies for winning in her age group. She ran until her knees started to bother her in her early 50s. When I was a freshman in college she ran a marathon. I don't think I'd ever want to run a marathon, but I'd love to be able to run 5Ks. I think that would be fun. I'll let you know if I take the first step this weekend.


Amazon Alanna said...

Yay for running. I've been running, too, lately. It's tough but very rewarding.

If you feel like you're not built for running, see if you can borrow the book Chi Running from someone or your local library. It's all about natural postioning while running so that your body experiences less stress and a smoother, faster stride.

Good luck!

Kim said...

I never imagined that I would be a runner - but I tell you what - I love the way it makes me feel. You go girl!!

Lily T said...

I totally love running and you described exactly why I love it. “Freedom and power”. But it has to be outside so I can commune with nature. I hate those treadmills that have you running in place, staring at the same wall.