Today in my C25K conditioning program I ran ONE WHOLE MILE without any walking, and I wasn’t even tired when I finished. In fact, I could have easily kept on truckin’ but I am trying not to be my usual hurry-hurry self, and instead listen to real runners who say that I should ease up my mileage veeeery slowly in these first months in order to avoid a beginner-runner-injury.
Here I am out running in the greenway park in our neighborhood.
So I quit at one mile, which I finished in just under 11 minutes. I know that’s a turtle’s pace for many of you who run regularly, but it felt great to me considering that less than a month ago, I hadn’t really moved my body in any notable way in several very sad years.
The last few times I’ve run, including today, I did it on a treadmill at the YMCA in our neighborhood. We’ve had a family membership with the Y for several years but the only person who has ever used it is E, who plays pick-up basketball at the downtown Y many hours each week, every week. But I’d barely ever been in any of the YMCA branches around town until I realized last week that with the time change, it’s now too dark for me to go running outdoors after I get home from work. I was kind of freaking out, wondering how I was going to be able to keep my forward momentum up when it suddenly occurred to me that we have this Y membership, and there’s a very nice Y branch just a few blocks from Casa Hickju. So I headed over to check it out and discovered that it’s open open from 6am til 9pm every day. Thus, happily, neither dark nor freezing cold will be able to quash my Couch to 5K dreams this winter.
As it turn out, I really like running on the super high end treadmills they have at our neighborhood Y. I like being able to see my time and mileage right in front of me as I go, and I’ve also begun doing a simple strength training circuit with the weight machines they have there for about 15-20 minutes after I finish running. One other reason I like running on the treadmills at the Y is that it seems to be easier on my shins and feet. When I do my running on a treadmill, I don’t have issues with numb foot soles or early-stage shin pain like I sometimes do when I run on the outdoor greenway paths. So that’s good.
I can’t tell y’all how much I am enjoying running. And I also can’t tell you how utterly shocked I am to be saying that to you, or to myself. I NEVER thought I would like running. This is just kind of, well. weird.
I’m not entirely sure what’s going on here, but I’m going to hang with it and see where it is I end up running… I must be going someplace, even if I don’t know where it is yet.