“I’ll Run When I Am Being Chased”
Since Lee asked me to be a part of this web site I have been thinking about running for the first time. I figured I should be doing more than just the “drink” part, I should be involved with at least 2 out of 3 aspects. To be honest, the idea of running has never appealed to me. I always said, “I’ll run when I am being chased.” I can tell you now that I wouldn’t get very far!
Day 1. I am smart enough to start small. I took the dog for our normal walk and we ran around the two parks we pass along the way. The first few steps felt very awkward and foreign. I could sense my whole body saying, “Dude, what are you doing?” I settled into it after a second or two, and it felt pretty good. That is until I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I know I am totally out of shape, but I thought I could run more than 50 ft. before getting out of breath! Regardless I did the small amount of running I had committed to, and I was happy about it.
Day 2. I decided to try and increase the amount of running a bit today. I took the same route with the plan to run a block and then walk a block. Once again I am quickly finding it hard to breathe, but I was able to run/walk the first four blocks and then around the first park. I walked the four blocks to the next park and forced myself to run around it as well. I have to say the running itself isn’t a big deal, I can deal with the physical muscle pain (although, we will see how I feel about that after a full bar shift tonight). This breathing thing is terrible though. I’m sure I’m thinking about it too much. Anything new is hard at first and will slowly get easier and easier, and I’m sure this is no different. I think I will take tomorrow off. We’ll see if I have another running blog to post, or if I will be posting about my first home brew!
I need a beer.