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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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    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    YAY! for you,Jules! Great job on beginning at the beginning!!!

    3690 days ago
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    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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