Guess who ran/jogged/walked today
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
I sincerely want to be able to run. While in high school both in autumn and in spring for PE class we had to do a little bit of running. 2 km run for distance (with no time limit) and 8 laps in 10 minutes (not sure what the distance of the lap was… 200 metres maybe). I was always always always the last one to finish, choking and panting after that considerably short run. I suppose 200 lb weighing girl whose favorite leisure activity is eating can’t be a super athlete but it was embarrassing to always be the last. And so I want to run. I want to be able to do what the rest of humankind is able to do.
Last year I ran outside once. Received some offensive comments from people walking by. And decided running was not for me. Then I ran several times on the treadmill. Not so hard as running on the road with a cold weather or wind blowing to your face. It was even quite nice.
OK, I thought, so maybe I can do this running/jogging/walking thing outside too. I tried. Waited until it was dark enough (because in the light someone might see the fat girl running and make fun of her), took my iTouch with Daughtry songs (I know, so lame, but that’s all I had. For the next time I have to upload my usual post grunge/alternative metal playlist onto iPod) and started. Walking for the first 2,5 minutes and then jogging for 7 minutes. Then walking for 3 minutes, then jogging, walking, jogging, walking etc. 2.7 miles (4.3 km) was done in 35:39 minutes which means 13 minutes mile. Very slow. Too slow. I do 9:30 min mile on the treadmill so 13 min mile scares me. But that’s okay. I will improve with time. Also, time limit for 5k is 50 minutes so I running at 13 min mile pace would be able to finish the race without being disqualified for being too slow.
I feel accomplished. And proud. And I will keep running. Do you know why? Because I want to be a success story.