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Friday, December 10, 2010

I went for a walk today. I decided that I would combine running an errand with getting some exercise in finally, so I walked to the market for a few things I needed to get for a dish I was asked to bring to a church party tonight. I didn't need too much, so walking home carrying my groceries wouldn't be too onerous.

Anyway, for some reason the whole way there and back I had this song from Sound of Music going through my head. I really couldn't figure it out at first... but I finally realized that not only is the chorus to that song a great walking rhythm for me, but it also was talking about what I finally realized I need to do to get back to running.

Namely, start at the very beginning. The VERY beginning.

It's not only a very good thing to do, for me it's the only thing to do. I went running a couple of weeks ago with a friend, and felt awful. My right leg went numb from the knee down, I was gasping and huffing for air, and ended up hobbling the last mile, and then feeling awful for the next two weeks (allergies, and to be fair, a LOT of people were suffering with allergies during that time...) I tried run/walk intervals on the treadmill at the gym a little bit before that, and a wise friend (the one who really got me started in running - you know who you are!) told me I was jumping back in at a semi-difficult level, not a beginning level.

Anyway, so what's the very beginning for me? I'm going to start with walking 30 - 45 minutes 5-6 days a week for at least 2 weeks before I add ANY run intervals in at all, and when I do they will be short (like 30 sec - 1 min length) and interspersed with 3-5 min walk intervals. But first... walking.

On my walk today I saw a woman out running and instead of feeling bad that I've gone so far downhill from where I'd gotten to, I found myself smiling and looking forward to being there again. So... DO RE MI FA SO LA TI DO!!!! Here I go!
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  • ITSMYLIFE2
    What timing I too am getting back in the Couch to 5K. My goal is to run a 5K in the early spring. My daughter is getting married in March and I would like to celebrate that milestone by being healthier (don't give a whit about being skinny anymore)!! Well wait thats not the whole truth if skinny found me on the way to healthy I would be ok with that :) Keep in touch and let me know how you are doing-I can use the accountability!! I am walking the remainder of December and then starting C25K in January. Good luck to us both!!
    3684 days ago
  • SPECIALMG
    woo hooo! Glad to see you blogging, and I'm right there with you. I really want to be running, but I need to be smart about it since I haven't really run for 2.5 months.
    And I LOVE Sound of Music. That'll be in my head all day now... nice change from christmas music!
    3687 days ago
  • GSDMIKE
    After a year off from exercise, that's exactly what I did: walked 30 minutes a day for 2 weeks, and then started back with C25K. It didn't matter that I was running 6 milers a year before. After a year off, I had the body of a non-runner and needed to treat it accordingly.

    Good luck.
    3689 days ago
  • LINDENSGIRL
    I'm just starting out to train for my first 5K. It's not pretty but I'm doing it!! Good luck and have fun with it!
    3690 days ago
  • SCOTIANRUNNER
    funny... I read the title and started humming "let's start at the very beginning... a very good place to start...". Welcome back!
    3690 days ago
  • CHEPRBYTHEDOZN
    YAY! for you,Jules! Great job on beginning at the beginning!!!

    3690 days ago
  • no profile photo CD557571
    LOL Jules! That movie is one of my all time favorites, and I find myself singing any of the songs tons of times. And it's so true (on so many levels), that when you start at the very beginning, it's a very good place to start.

    I can hardly wait to get started myself. Onward and upward!
    3690 days ago
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