As those who know me know, I am no athlete!
Trish got in to running about 10 years ago and really enjoyed it - and tried to encourage me, to no avail.
I didn't have a weight or cholesterol or blood pressure issue (thanks to good genes, certainly not good habits!), so I didn't really see the point.
For some reason, though, in February of 2001, while I was speaking at a college Christian group retreat in Arkansas, I went out for jog. Which was really more walking than jogging, as I couldn't run very far!
And it stuck.
I eased into it, keeping careful track of my progress. As I'm sure is no surprise to those who know me, I have a monster spreadsheet logging every mile I've run - along with weight, heartrate, weather conditions and the shoes I was wearing at the time!
It just seemed to click with me - it required no athletic ability or skill, provided a great way to enjoy nature (I pretty much avoid indoor running and treadmills like the plague and only use them if I have no options for getting outside).
I went to a Fleet Feet store and had them do a "gait analysis" (basically just watching you run on a treadmill) to determine what type (neutral, stability, or motion control) shoes would help me most, bought a decent pair. I've run in Adidas, New Balance, Asics and Mizuno. I alternate shoes between runs and don't run in shoes after they've gotten 400 miles on them. I started out using some guidance from Runner's World in terms of training programs and how to "ramp up" my mileage.
I've run a half dozen or so 5Ks, a 10K, a 5-mile race, 2 half-marathons (Little Rock - actually a two-man marathon relay and Nashville) and a marathon (Rock N Roll in San Diego). I'm not really in to racing - just enough to give me a goal and drive my training. I'm a slow runner - 7 min/mile for the 5k, 8 min/mile for the half marathon - and over 10 min/mile for the only marathon I've run - though I'm hoping to improve that later this year.
Find a great place to run in your area, choose the best time of day for you and make it a ritual!
To get precise measures of how far you're running, hop over to GMap Pedometer. After I found this site, I even stopped wearing my Ironman watch/GPS unit!
The most critical step is the one out the front door. Once you've done that (and can manage to keep doing it), the rest is downhill!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
...And I will strive with things impossible!
I put some background information on running in a comment to my previous post, but I thought it might be useful to make it into a post of its own: