Cool beans! You can pleasantly surprise yourself sometimes, which is always great. I've thought lately about taking up jogging but I haven't tried yet.
All I can say is start really slow. I've had Couch to 5k suggested to me, but I'm too impatient for all that stop watch work. I can't really say that it's fun yet, but I'm hoping that someday it will be!
Isn't it cool when you find out you're in better shape than you thought?
I had the exact same thing happen during Run For Your Lives - it's a 5k (ish), but they marked in miles. I finished that in 1 hour, which given that large swaths of it were dead sprints followed by "OH GOD AM I DYING?", I felt decent about. I was sore for days though.
Yeah, I was really sore the next day. The day after I made myself work out anyway and it helped. I'm hoping to do a little better next Saturday, unless there is snow, in which case I will just walk it.
Right now I'm training for the Washington Warrior Dash this summer. Before I started training, I hadn't participated in any kind of running activity since I was forced to participate in my junior high's Turkey Trot in 1989.
It's a slow process, but a rewarding one. :) I am constantly surprised at what my couch-potato body is capable of!
2012-11-26 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Love your icon! And wow, I'm impressed that you're training for the Warrior Dash. Those things are brutal!
Thank you! It seemed an appropriate one to adopt when I started the c25k program. XD
According to the website (and my sister, who ran one two years ago and wants to run with me this summer) it's more a test of your mental fortitude rather than your physical fitness. Mostly I'm in it so I can say I did it... and the free warrior helmet you get for participating. ;)
2012-11-27 12:56 pm (UTC)
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I may have to make the local one my 2014 goal.
hooray for you for MOVING!! besides, its easier to jog than to bike when there is snow out. :)
and yay for jingling! :D
Actually, I'm terrified of jogging in the snow. I fall down way too easily. But if there's a couple of months of treadmill, that's not the end of the world.
Fun! If I didn't know that you sew for yourself, I'd offer to make and send jingle hats.
I don't really sew, I just quilt. But it's on Saturday, so there isn't really time for hats. Thanks for the great idea!
GREAT JOB! I just started "running" in March. I always have hated running, but now I'm really enjoying the challenge. The running culture is so supportive--no one cares how fast you go, relative to them--only relative to yourself. That's a fabulous time for your first race! Keep it up!!!
I do like how supportive my runner friends are. And thanks!
My gf read an article suggesting tactics if you feel self-conscious while getting started running, such as pretending you're chasing after a bus or the pizza man forgot his tip. LOL
HAHAAHA! I just read in Runners World about a tactic to get your kids to do a 5K with you--make it a huge game of tag!
2012-11-26 10:58 pm (UTC)
I flat out admit that I envy you. I have ALWAYS wanted to run. Between ankles that have been broken 4-5 times each, bad knees and bad hips, it's just not in the cards for me.
But I'll smile when I think of you jogging/running. Hooray.
I had no idea you were running! You actually had better time than my gf and one of my friends. Congrats!
Ferrett said that you guys were going to be out there, and I looked around but it was a big crowd!
Congratulations! I love how you're always finding new challenges to conquer. I want to do a triathlon some day too. My sticking point will be swimming. :P
I actually enjoy swimming, I just haven't done much of it in the last, oh decade or two. We swam on Sunday and I really enjoyed it.
I think it's fun to be in the water but I get tired very very quickly when swimming. I think at one point during marathon training, I could run 20 miles but had to seek shallower water within 2 minutes of swimming around a lake. I'm told that improving my technique would help a lot with that. Sounds like you're well on your way to becoming a triathlete!
We swam again today, and it was definitely harder to do first thing in the morning. 800 yards in half an hour--we definitely need to speed up!
Awesome! I want to do a triathalon next summer as well, so I've been (trying to) running on a regular basis. I use Pooch to 5K, Couch to 5K's cousin for people who have dogs. I love how encouraging the people on the sidelines are. It's really good for self-esteem, especially if you do a mad sprint to the finish!
It was nice that as we ran through the neighborhood there were people who came out to cheer us on. I appreciated that.