Adventures Of A New Runner: I Just Ran For How Long?
Like our friend Trent who is writing our 5K Challenge series, I also started using a running app to get healthier. Although I don’t have a 5K waiting for me in the spring I have been really happy with the results.
If you are wanting to start running I will strongly suggest downloading an app to your smart phone. I am using 5K Runner, but there are serval other ones out there as well. I don’t think I would be still going without a voice telling me what to do and when to do it. So far I have been able run until the mystery man tells me to stop. I am up to 8 min run segments and I am totally amazed that I can run that long without stopping. If you would have told me that was possible 6 weeks ago when I started this I would have thought you were crazy. Some of the most interesting revelations over the past 6 weeks have been:
- How much my breathing has improved. Running for a minute used to leave me gasping for breath. This week I have realized that, although I am breathing heavy after my long run segments, I am able to recover during the shorter walk segments pretty quickly.
- I am actually seeing results. I didn’t weigh myself before I started this, but I would guess I have easily lost 10 lbs. I look better and feel better. I even had a co-worker comment that I looked like I lost some pounds. I am also sleeping better. (and snoring less according to my wife) I’m more aware of how much I am eating, going for smaller portions, eating less junk and drinking more water.
- Maybe I could run a 5K. I am not a competitive guy, in fact just a couple of weeks ago I was telling Lee that I had no real interest in running a race. Yet as I close in on 10 minute run segments my brain is starting to tell me that it is possible. No guarantees, but just maybe it’s possible.
- I’m sticking with it. As I said earlier I refuse to quit on a run segment, and trust me I’ve come close to doing it. I have also only delayed my run day twice, but never skipped it. This is kind of a big deal for me as I am the king of excuses
I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a “runner” but for the first time I can see how it is that people do this. I am planning to run in the Grant Park Neighborhood Turkey Trot this year when we are in Atlanta for Thanksgiving and I actually feel kind of excited to do it. I am a little concerned about the hills though. Hey it’s no marathon, but for me it will be just as rewarding!