Tuesday, May 01, 2012
OK, so I'm running. Have been running for a month and a half now. Not exactly what I thought I would be doing.
When I was a teenager, I was in the Civil Air Patrol. I loved it so much but to go up in rank you had to take a written test and a physical test. Part of the physical test involved running a mile in a certain time, which went down the higher in rank you were. Since I have been overweight most of my life, that part wasn't exactly my favorite thing in the world. For good or bad, THAT was running to me: Chasing the mile, out of breath struggling to keep up. For some reason, that didn't sound appealing to me so for the longest time, running was not an option for me. Every time I thought about exercising, running was at the bottom of a very long list.
But as it turned out, here I am running.
After watching several seasons of The Biggest Loser, in which the contestants ran an entire marathon, I started wondering if I should try it. A side of me thought: "NO WAY! I almost need a paramedic run a mile. A Marathon?" But on the other hand, the contestants have done it (with proper training of course) so why can't I? The icing on the cake was going to a local 10K where some of my friends and family participated. I noticed two things: 1) A very strong sense of community among all that were running, even though they did not know each other. 2) Seeing all these people crossing the finish line made me think that each and every one of those people have a story about how they got there. Even the elite athletes at some point had never run before. They had to start somewhere. They had to be where I am now. So after a bit of research I am slowly working on running and then running a little more.
Next November, I'm taking a vacation with my family on a Disney cruise. Whenever they stop on their private island, Castaway Cay, they do the Castaway Cay 5K. So I'm officially training for the CC5K. It's been great so far. Hard, but great. Running is actually very fun. It turns out that when running for distance, you don't have to run like you are on the verge of a heart attack(like I used to do). It's about proper pacing. For the first time in my life, I have felt my legs almost giving out. Back in the day, my breath would give out way before my legs did.
Running has also taken my mind off all the weight I have to lose. See, I'm not exercising simply to burn calories. I am training for a 5K not adding to my calorie deficit. Very helpful since my problem long term is that I get sick and tired of keeping track of everything. It helps keep me focused. It also helps me plan short, medium and long term goals. First, the 5K in November. Then comes a 10K in February 2013 (provided the World doesn't end before that) Long term? How doest the Walt Disney World Marathon two years later sound?