I only run when chased

This morning marks the first time in *cough* years that I have engaged in running for running’s sake.  I was coaxed into joining the ever-growing cult of joggers by ALL of my friends.   It seems that, in addition to being out of shape, I am also susceptible to peer pressure.  After spending an afternoon with the fine people at Fleet Feet in the Laurelwood shopping center, I had a new pair of jogging shorts (yes, there are shorts JUST for jogging and they do NOT leave much to the imagination) and a new pair of running shoes (which should NOT be used for anything other than forward-motion sports).  If you are interested in  getting into this whole “running” fad, I would highly recommend that you at least swing by their store and, at the very least, get some advice.   They were able to tell me that I had a tendancy to over-pronate, which is a fancy way of saying that I was not running (or walking) properly.  There is a WRONG way to run?  You learn something new every day!

My alarm got me up at 6:30 this morning and a friendly phone call from Reuben reminded me to STAY awake long enough to make it down to the river to meet the rest of the runners.  The group was made up of intelligent, creative computer types (RocketFuel and Lunaweb were both well represented), which seems like a bit of an oxy-moron when you think about it.  Techie folk?  Jogging?  Preposterous!  Silly as it may sound, everyone seemed to do pretty well.  I did not do as well as I had hoped, but I’m still working on my endurance.  Newbie tip: when you start to get tired while running (and you WILL get tired), you might be tempted to stop running and start walking.  You can always start running again, right?  Not really.  It’s actually MORE DIFFICULT to start running again after you stop.  I don’t know if there is any scientific evidence to back this up or if I’m just a big wimp.  While I only ran the first *coughcough* of the total 5K, I’m still glad that I did it.  Right now I feel tired, but satisfied.  I’m happy with myself for getting out of bed and doing something physical and, although I’m physically exhausted, it’s a good kind of physically exhausted.  The most difficult part was finding my shoes at 6:30 in the morning without first ingesting any caffeine.

If you’re thinking about taking up running / jogging (there are probably about 3 of you left in the city that haven’t already) then I highly recommend it.  Go at your own pace, don’t let anyone push you further than you are comfortable and have fun.  All you need is a good pair of shoes and a loud alarm clock.

  1. Great times this morning. I’d have to side on the walk/run/walk/run these days. It seems to fit my 45 year old carcass for now. I strive for the run – don’t stop, and will get there someday (preferably by mid-September for one of the 5k’s going on around town… never had participated in one. Just want to “do it!”. I hear Advil might be a handy accessory to the shoes and special shoes. Time to go stretch…some more. Peace.

    • norris
    • August 2nd, 2009

    Actually the run/walk/run is a very good strategy for building endurance. Most people run till they can’t run and then quit. If you walk for a bit and catch your breath you will find that you can start running again and maybe even catch that elusive second wind. In fact most beginner training programs teach this. Jeff Galloway even teaches a walk/run method for completing a marathon.
    The biggest thing I could recommend is to not go too far too fast. Six months into my running journey I decided to try a half marathon. I ended up with hamstring tendonitis which sidelined me for 2 months. Two years later I am now training for my first Marathon.
    Good luck and have fun and be careful running can be very addictive. But as far as addictions go there are a lot worse things.

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