Monday, August 27, 2007

So you think you can run

So last week the fear of my own body's rapidly creeping girth and fluidity escalated and I decided the time had come for some wickedly serious dieting. It was time for some purposeful calorie reduction and getting this body moving.

As far back as I can remember I've been captivated by the strength, speed, and agility of runners, the power of the human body. All my life I've secretly wished for the legs of a giraffe or a horse- dreamed of four legs whisking me gracefully across the landscape. In my sleep I sometimes dream I'm running effortlessly and wake wanting to go.

I've gone through periods of running, the most successful being last spring and summer when I trained myself on the local (to Farmington, ME) half mile college gym track. I've never been a graceful runner and my lungs often give out before my legs. And I often give up when the knee pain or the inclement weather kick in.

I blame it mostly on the waxing moon but last week my legs felt surprisingly powerful and telling myself how the other guy doesn't matter, it's only about my body and my satisfaction, I let myself go as far as I could again and again.

No great accomplishment there. Not to anyone but me.

I don't know who the hell I am thinking I can run when the practiced runners are gliding by my plodding self, but I know we all have to start somewhere and I know I feel best when my body is lean and strong, and I know I am going to get my skinny back!

I also know there's little better than flying down the boardwalk or the road with the full moon over head and the breath in my lungs and the wind on my sweaty face.

Does anyone have any beginner's running tips or thoughts to share? Is anyone else trying to start a running program?


Allison M. said...

Experts say, like Fitness or Shape, to start off running/walking in increments to build up stamina and strength. Something like two minutes running, one walking. Something that always helps me to is focus on my breathing and pumping my arms -- when you are about to stop it can help you continue to push through and keep running.

urban-urchin said...

I agree with allison. I started running after my first was born (and need to take it back up as I have thighs that move in waves like fabric when I bust into a fast walk- sigh) I started only running the last 5 minutes of my treadmill workout and built up until I was running about half and hour to forty five minutes a day. I alternated that with a fast strength training routinue 2x per week and I was thinner and more muscular than I had ever been in my adult life. I also had a LOT less stress.

I worked out 3 x a week. yeah i totally need to get back into this. thanks for the reminder.