Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I am so NOT a runner

I secretly want to be a runner. I've never wanted to be a runner before now. I had times when I ran for exercise, but it was when I was like 19 and I was just trying to stay in shape, so I'd get up a few days a week and run a mile or two and that was it and it didn't last very long. Other than that short time, I've always done something else for exercise. I've taken step classes, I've used cardio machines and when I started this journey a few months ago, I just walked. Running never interested me. Until now.

Now I notice the people running when I'm driving, I notice the runners when I'm walking in the park and I notice them in the gym. I think it would be cool to say "I'm going for a run" instead of "I'm going for a walk". Yesterday my son was home from school and since there was no weight lifting and no hockey practice, he decided to go run a mile. I wondered if I could do that. I walk at least 30 minutes a day and most days I try to either walk longer or do an additional workout later in the day. When he got back, I decided to give it a shot.

I made it about half or two-thirds of the way. My thighs could have gone farther, my lungs were OK, but the shin splints-OMG! Now I remember why I quit running when I was 19. LOL! For now, I guess I will stick with other forms of exercise.

Have a great evening everyone! I'm going for a walk. :)


  1. If you really want to run, then dont give up! You can do it, it just takes time.

    Actually...my post yesterday was about this same thing.

  2. I agree with Tricia- you CAN do it! The shin splints really bothered me too until I started wearing running shoes. I was proud of myself when I worked up to a 3/4 mile- and you already did it! Just take it slow!

  3. No, not shin splints. I had them in 10th grade when I first started running.

    I can't recall the remedy for those. Icing perhaps. But I agree with the top two commenters, don't give up if it's what you really want to do.

    And you know what? walking is great exercise too.