I got a lot of questions about my running, so like with the weight lifting post, here are my all my secrets 😀
How did you start running/How long have you been running? I started the Couch to 5K program in April of 2008. Here is the post where I talked about my running evolution last year. This is still one of my favorite posts. 🙂 So that makes almost 2 years of running now. Where does the time go, anyway?
When did running become an enjoying experience DURING the run, and not only afterwards? Hmmmm…. this is hard because I don’t always enjoy the running. When I first started out, I was actually nervous for the jogging sessions of training, literally palm sweating nervous. How bizarre is that?
There are days where it feels really good and I feel fit and the running is easy. Those days I love. Then there those days where my legs feel leaden and I think, “What the hell am I doing? This isn’t fun.” Then I just get over it and keep going, unless I feel something funny that would lead me to believe I might get injured if I continue. Most times that feeling of yuck dissipates after a while, but sometimes it stays the whole run. That is usually when I refer to it as ‘slogging it out.’ I do have to say that I love, love the feeling when I am done running. Knowing that great feeling is coming always outweighs the wanting to stop. I don’t know if it is the endorphins or the feeling of accomplishment (or a little from both columns), but that is part of what keeps me running. Ermmm….. is that called addiction? 😯
Did you run as a heavy person? Sort of. I tried running when I weighed over 200, and I made the mistake of going too hard, too fast, so I stopped (I still had that all-or-nothing mentality then). I weighed in the 160s in 2008 when I started again. It is easier when you are lighter, but there certainly are people much heavier than I am that do 1/2 marathons! It’s all in how you train. I do still need to wear compression on the bottom, because I don’t like the feel of loose skin when I run. It just makes it more comfortable. My trisuit was the best purchase ever!!
Why do you say you don’t consider yourself a runner, as it seems like you run a lot? I consider myself a biker and a lifter first, because those 2 things I love, and I would bike all the time if I could (and did last summer). Running is just kind of something I do, but not necessarily what I am.
What shoes do you wear? I have become a convert to Saucony shoes. I have wide feet and they fit me really well.
What do you eat before you run? Depends on the length of the run and the time. Usually a protein bar or some type of bread with nut butter on it. Sometimes dates with nut butter. Nothing really heavy.
Do you have any running goals this year? I had a mileage goal in mind of 750 miles for the year. A minimum of 500 (I am sitting at 166 the day of this post). I had thoughts of doing a 1/2 marathon, but I realized that I don’t love running so much that I want to do it for 2.5 hours. I think I might get bored, not to mention that it would be really hard. It’s funny, we are going to do a 100-mile bike ride this summer and that I look forward to that. I was not looking forward to a 1/2 marathon, so I think that is reason enough to not do one. And that is okay. Sometimes I feel like I *should* because there is no reason that I can’t, and it seems like so many others are having fun doing them. It certainly would be a challenge. I can always change my mind on that one, though. I am doing the duathlon again, though. Yay!
So, those are just some musings on running.
My first 5K ever in July of 2008 (with my sister)