Well Being

How I Started Running

I have always thought that people who run, especially those who run outside, were in super shape. I also thought that I would never be able to do that, mainly because I don’t like to run. Or more importantly, when I start running, my body tells me to stop. At least that was how I felt about 1 year ago. What happened a year ago is that my husband and I purchased a treadmill. Actually my health insurance provided enough money so they actually purchased this treadmill. Before this I belonged to a gym off and on since I went to college. I found that I was quite regular in going but the drive to the gym and back made it easy to say no at times.

My mother and father were awesome parents who taught me to enjoy exercise. Three times a week, they took my brother and I to a torture chamber swim class which was 1 hour and 15 minutes of 200 IMs, lots of freestyle and, the best part, water polo. It was hard, but lots of studies show the importance of exercise for those with type 1 diabetes, especially if you enjoy the exercise.

While I still love swimming, it is really hard to find a place nearby that has swimming as it is usually too expensive. I also love rock climbing but my husband hurt his hand in a subway in Hong Kong and you need two people to do it. (I still regret rushing to get on that subway) Because of this, when I gave birth to Jack, I was in the worst shape of my life. I hadn’t exercised much right before I got pregnant and I didn’t feel comfortable starting anything new.  So after I gave birth, I felt horrible physically and I was very excited to have the treadmill.

When I taught, many of the teachers were using a new app called “Couch to 5k” or “Couch to 10k”. It is an app that I started using a couple years before I got pregnant and then stopped when I got to the part of running 3 miles straight. Fast forward to February of this year and I downloaded it again. I started the program and it very slowly eased me into running. When I got to the running 3 miles straight, I think it took me at least a week of starting and stopping until I could complete it. It was not easy but I felt good after completing it. I then kept going with the app until I realized I had run 4 miles. That was the longest I had ever run and I realized then that I could possibly run a 10k. Because this is the goal of the app, I started looking around to see if I could find a 10k that matched up with when I completed the app’s program. I found one that was located near me that took place on a flat surface. (I needed flat) I then brought it up with my husband and he, though surprised, was all for it. I signed up and I ran. a. 10k.

image3Actually I ran most of it. I had to walk for part of it when there was a hill but I was able to complete it. I was not last, but I was most definitely not in the first group of people. I know that the app  motivated me because it very gradually increased the amount of running I did at each session.

By the way, I didn’t stop at a 10k. Yesterday I ran my first half marathon. It. was. really. hard. But I did it and my time was 2:40. image1All I am going to say about the race for now is that my legs really hurt and I better understand what the author of Hebrews meant when he said “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1, 2)

This is what worked for me. Do you have something that has helps you get moving? Please let me know in the comment section below.

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  • Reply Judy Archer November 23, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I am so proof proud Heather! You encourage people to try. If I did not have a bad ankle I would try at 73.
    But I do walk my dogs a mile daily and swim an hour most every day. After swimming, I am hungry and have to stop myself from getting Dunkin Donuts with your uncle.?

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