Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Starting to Run

Last night my husband and I went for a run. We have been saying for 3 weeks that we were going to start running and we always came up with excuses not to run. But we finally did it last night. I almost did not want to go because it was 93 degrees (and it felt like 99) outside, but I made my husband pinky promise (we take pinky promises very  seriously) that we would go and I did not want to back out.

I am not a runner. I can usually run for a minute and then I am dying and I need to stop. I found this beginners runners program that I am going to follow so that I do not get overwhelmed and want to give up. So last night I started with 1 minute of running and 2 minutes of walking. And I feel pathetic to say, but it was hard for me. But I stuck it out and we did this cycle for about a half hour, and the trail we use is about two miles. I am really proud that I made it that long and did not give up. I had to really focus on my breathing so that I did not get out of breath too quickly. It seemed to really work.

When we got home my face was so red from being hot that I think I concerned my husband a little bit. He kept telling me that my face was really red. He then told me that he thinks we should run a marathon. I think we need to slow down a little bit and hope I make it to being able to run for 20 minutes without stopping. But I am looking to see if there is a 5K that we can run down here. We will see how that goes. We will probably have to drive a few hours to find one.

But I am now excited and ready to continue with this running journey. I think my husband is excited that I have finally decided to start running, even if my pace is a little slower than he may like. We will see how the next 10 weeks go! Oh and I am not sure why we decided to run in the middle of the hot Louisiana summers. I guess we like a challenge.

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