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Starting Somewhere

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I’m running a 5K.

I’m not exactly sure how it happened.  Those of you who’ve known me awhile know that my lack of athleticism borders on legendary.  But a couple friends have mentioned 5K training programs for non-runners, and it piqued my curiosity.  I downloaded an app to check it out, mentioned it to my husband, and recruited my pal to be my running buddy all before I was really sure I wanted to do it.  I’ve never even considered running a 5K before, but here I am.  (I plan to share more about the inspiration for my run in an upcoming post, so stay tuned.)

So… I am 5K training.  I’ve been going to the Y for several months now, but mostly, I do brisk walking on the treadmill.  (I tried an aqua fitness class which could be a blog post in itself – apparently aqua fitness classes appeal to very quirky people, and the fact that I am one of them is not lost on me.)  I love the treadmill, actually, but it feels pretty pointless.  Sometimes, I try to switch it up a little, so I put on Melissa Ethridge’s “I Run for Life” and begun to run.  It is a very dramatic and purposeful and stirring song, and I run very dramatically and purposefully until two minutes in, when I sputter to a walking pace, out of breath. The thought of running an entire capital K seems impossible right now, let alone 5 of them.

I am using a program called Couch to 5K, in nifty app form.  The first workout was hard, but not too hard.  And the next two workouts were just a little less hard.  I’m looking forward to getting in shape, and I’ve already convinced myself that I can see runner’s muscle in my calves and thighs.  But mostly, I am sold on all the perks of 5K training.  The program recommends three work days a week with rest days in between.  Those days when I don’t go to the gym aren’t lazy days anymore.  They are rest days.  I have to make sure my body recovers in between workouts.  It’s very athletic of me, you see.  And I only jog for a short time before going back to walking – not because I’m out-of-shape, but because I am interval-training.

This morning, I went to the Y at 7:30am.  At 7:30am, all the work people are off to work, but the casual-workout folks aren’t out of bed yet, so it’s just me and a bunch of buff old guys.  I walked in and thought to myself, “Hello, old guys.  How are you feeling this morning? I am feeling buff with all this training and athleticism.”  I hopped on my treadmill and did very well until the last run interval, when the plastic book-holder that someone had left on my treadmill clattered to the floor.  I thought one of them might shout “Imposter!” and recognize me as the clutzy gal who made a fool of herself a few months ago, but instead a nice gentleman picked it up and handed it back to me.  I didn’t know what to do with it, so I just held it awkwardly while I finished my run.  But, I finished.

All sixty seconds of it.

Gotta start somewhere, right?

8 Comments

  1. Wow! You rock! I signed up for a 5K too…but it’s the Color Run and they throw powdered paint at you at every K…and I just plan to walk/saunter/twirl it. Super kudos to you for actually participating as one ought!!

    • Jaime

      April 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      NO WAY! I was just telling Jason about the Color Run because I just found out about it the other day and it sounds so awesome! None near me (I checked). Take and send pics!!!!!

  2. I always think the hardest thing to do sometimes is to start. So keep starting everyday on your exercise. Hope you can make it a habit.

    Go Jamie!!

    • Jaime

      April 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks, Mark. It helps that gym time is my little bit of quiet in the day. It’s much more motivating than it was pre-kids.

  3. Keep it up! I never used to be a runner at all, and most of the time I have a hard time referring to myself that way now. But over the last couple years I have gone from a non-runner to…well, last night I ran 3.5 miles in 30:03. That was fast, even for me! Keep doing those intervals (they’re the BEST) and move up gradually so your body can adjust, and you’ll be 5K-ready in no time! It’s amazing what the body can do when challenged!

    • Jaime

      April 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks, Amy! It feels very intimidating at first but when I look at the program week by week, it seems very doable. I don’t know if I’ll be a lifetime runner, but it’ll be cool to say I’ve done it. 🙂

  4. I’m proud of you for doing this. I have one word of advice. I would encourage you to try and do at least 1/2 of your runs outside, not on the treadmill. It is so much different and often very difficult to make the switch. You don’t want race day to be the difficult day. You want to enjoy it!

    • Jaime

      April 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Great advice. I was just thinking the other day about that and wondering how it would be. My iPhone app makes it super easy to train outside or inside, so it’s just a matter of getting out there. (I like my treadmill.) 🙂

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