I am a runner.
I don’t run fast. I don’t run far, but I run. I run three or four times a week. Right now, I’m part of a beginning runner’s group, and were following a plan that incorporates both walking and running. It’s similar to the Couch to 5k plan, but the running and walking intervals start at 2 running of walking and 4 minutes of walking. After seven weeks, I am at 9 minutes of running and one minute of walking.
I tried running a few years ago, and I followed the Couch to 5k plan. For some reason, I found it really difficult. I felt like I was always struggling and dreading my workouts. I also felt like I’d failed when I had to take an unscheduled walk break. I got really frustrated, and I stopped running.
After Jonas was born, I started the Couch to 5k again, and I stopped again. I think I probably started it too soon after having Jonas. My body must not have been ready for the impact and the strain of starting a new workout program. Whatever the reason, it didn’t feel good, and I stopped.
A few months later, I heard about the beginner’s running group in town. A friend of mine encouraged me to try it. She had joined the previous year after her son was born. One of the things she had to say about it was, “it is one of the best things I have ever done.” Now, if that’s not enough to encourage me to do it, I probably never would have. :) So, I went. I didn’t love it, but I went back the next week and the week after that. In between, I make time to run on my own three other times during the week.
For whatever reason, some days are better than others. Some days I feel strong and feel like I could have run for quite a bit longer. Other days are a struggle, and I wonder what I was thinking to run on purpose. But, I do it. And, after the run, I’m always glad that I did.
I don’t know how fast I run. I don’t know how far I go. Right now, I’m consciously not keeping track, because I don’t want to set up expectations that I cannot meet. I like knowing that I can now run 27 minutes out of 30. I like having a good sweat during a workout. I like knowing that even though I’m not running 5 miles every night, I am running 108 minutes a week more than I was just a few weeks ago.