Friday, November 13, 2009

I Was Possessed

This morning I went for a run. Okay, a jog...or maybe...I'm not sure what to call it, but I was out there. I've never been a runner or even one who exercises regularly so I set short, realistic, attainable goals; such as, "just run until the sidewalk curves", "make it to the Stop sign", "run in front of so-and-so's house in case she's awake and looking out her window so you'll have a witness".

Taking an idea from Audrey, here are a few of my thoughts.

*being able to breath through your nose is a desirable ability
*maybe running in the cold morning air with a sinus infection on the horizon isn't the best idea
*back pain and the fact that I'm nursing my baby may make this morning's jaunt a singular event
*I did better than I thought I would, probably because I ran and walked intermittently
*I'll have to make sure my iPod is charged if I go out again
*I really need to work on breathing (are burning lungs normal?)

Overall, more complaints than anything, but it was my first time and I'm just six weeks out from having surgery. Maybe I'll go out again, maybe not. It would help to have company, but I'm sure I'd slow anybody else down. Perhaps I'll get a turtle.


Goldie said...

Awww, I'd join you if I were not halfway across the country from you!!! I hate running, too, but since it is the only way to keep my thighs from needing their own zipcode, I do it. Begrudgingly. It *is* effective, though. Keep it up. Be tough. And make sure you have good shoes.

Gammie said...

What an adventurous life you have! When I started walking (lo these many years ago) I did the same thing you did. I would count the number of telephone poles and go one further each day. It was a realistic way to increase the distance and made it "tolerable". Gotta hand it to you for trying to run with a "loaded chest"--must have been miserable! Love you daughter!

Alisha said...

Way to go Gwen!

I took several years off running and when I started up again (Genevieve was nine months old...not six weeks!) I couldn't run a mile to save my life. My advice is to run for time. Set a time goal like 10 minutes for 3 days a week, then after a week run 15 minutes then 20 minutes...etc.

If you're already discouraged then let winter pass. There is no reason to push yourself when your body should be hibernating. (That's what I'm doing and we have super mild winters.)

But...again, way to go. The hardest step is out the door.

Audrey said...

That's what I was going to say, "hybernating" till the daily average reaches 70 degrees.

Yes its normal to feel the intense burning after running for the first time. But in Idaho, that could be your lungs actually freezing into two lumps of mass. Run w caution!!! are super brave running while having a dairy supply stashed up front. OUCH! I would have to Manually keep mine supported if I ever were to do that (which I won't). But how funny that would look!

Good job getting out! That's awesome.