Learning to like the Run - Week 2

Saturday, June 27, 2015
I could REALLY go for one of these right now.
This past week was Week 2 of my Learn to Run clinic. After a not so great run on my own during Week 1 (we do 3 runs/week), I seriously considered chucking it all in. The run didn't go so great for a number of reasons but my mood following our first clinic probably didn't help. The in-clinic run went well but as you could likely tell from my previous post, I had some hesitations about whether I would succeed, enjoy the clinic any more, or run as a group again.

ARRGH. Blogger just deleted 3 paragraphs... here I go again.

Fortunately, I have a fabulous friend in Robyn and she read my whiney texts last weekend patiently before finally telling me quitting is for losers and, in true Nike fashion, just do it. The love will come back. So...I did. And she was right.

Learn to Run - Week 1

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I did it. I went to the first class of my Learn to Run clinic at the Running Room. That's a big feat. I won't lie. I waffled about going. However, I dragged my butt off the couch, gave up watching the Canada vs. New Zealand game live and headed off. Our instructor, Myles, is really nice and very understanding about my slow pace. I decided to get in touch with him ahead of time, mainly to give him a heads up as to just how slow I am and share the bad experience I had at the last clinic I signed up for. When I got to the store, I was happy to see the class was made up of mostly women, around my age, and many of them were of a similar size. I was thrilled. Finally! I won't be the only person at the back of the pack - at least one of these other women must surely run as slow as I do (about half didn't have any running experience). I was mistaken.

It became apparent as we walked to Saskatchewan Drive and across 109 Street that I was going to be left in the dust again. Our casual warm up was practically a speed walking session (at least compared to my pace) and I half ran to keep up. After Myles gave us a quick pep talk and assurances that we were here to run but also have fun, we were off. Within 30 seconds, I was already separate from the group. EVERYONE was running at about the same speed except me. I tried not to get discouraged and took it as a sign to push myself a little and try to keep up. That didn't work. By the fourth interval, my legs started protesting and there was no way I was going to catch them. Myles and the group were really good about trying not to "lose me" too badly. If they got too far ahead, when it came time to walk, he'd have them turn around and start walking back towards me. 

Ready to Go!

Sunday, June 14, 2015
Monday marks the start of my new "Learn to Run" clinic at the Running Room. I'm excited ... a bit. Not as much as you'd think I would be considering how excited I am to start runnng again. You see, the closer the clinic gets, the more I start thinking back over the last couple of years when I was doing it on my own. I was having fun and making progress. Part of me keeps thinking "I don't need to take the clinic" and more so "I don't want to take the clinic". Typical Karen. Anyways, I'm going to the class on Monday if for no other reason than I need to pick up my tshirt. 

In preparation for getting back into running, I made a few treks to the store for gear.  I picked a pair of super comfy shorts for running - my capris are losing their grip and I'm tired of hiking them back up every block or two. Also, my shoes are in desparate need of replacement. I'm still using the Mizuno Enigmas (love) that I ran last year's 10K in and I had had them for about a year and half at that point. Unfortunately, they no longer make the Enigmas so I'd need to find a brand new shoe. After trying on about 8 or 9 pairs, I settled on the Mizuno Wave Rider 18s
So far, they're pretty comfortable. I've been wearing them around the house to get my feet used to them and get some of the "new shoe" stiffness out of them. The most noticable differences between these and my previous Mizunos? You mean other than the colour?! (Yes, I bought purple shoes...). There is a higher arch but that could be because my other shoes are so old. It will be interesting taking them out for their first run to see how that affects my knees and hips. Also, the straight base to the laces. I'm not sure what its called but that part where you start lacing up your shoes, near the toes. On my old shoes, they were on an angle which helped a LOT when it comes to my arthritic toes/knuckles. These are straight across which meant I had to skip the lowest pair of holes and start lacing higher up on my foot. Shouldn't be a problem but it was one of the things I LOVED about my Enigmas.

In other happy running news, Robyn got some fantastic amazing spectacular news that I won't spoil for her by sharing with you. If and when she's good and ready, she'll tell you so keep your eyes on her blog! Also, the Mitch-ster and his wife were in town for for a visit and I had the pleasure of meeting him the other day at my local Running Room store. Mitch, a fellow runner (duh), is involved with Do Away with SMA, a charity supporting supporting research, programs and projects that will aid in finding a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

A Return to Running

Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Remember her? The happy runner? She's back!
Last night I went for a run. The first in… it seems like forever. It felt horribly wonderful. Terrible description, I know especially for those of you who aren’t runners who might not understand but there it is. Horribly wonderful. My running clinic starts in a week and I figured it was a good idea to get out there and see if I could still run for a full minute without falling over and dying (you’ll be glad to know that I’m still alive!). Just a short little outing, following the schedule we’ll be doing in our first class – run 1 minute / walk 2, seven times. I would know after that first 1 minute run if this was going to work or not.

Ah, the sweet sweet feeling of running. Waves of memories from the last two years flooded back as I ran down the block for that first set. I remembered running for five minutes straight on my treadmill for the first time. The 10K I ran in August. Keeping up with another woman who ran faster than I did because I really liked the colour of her shoes and I wanted to keep looking at them. Ok, not all serious thoughts but there they were. Mentally, I’ve missed running more than even I realized. My body… wasn’t as happy with my efforts.

The first interval was a little tough but I wasn’t about to pass out so I knew I was ok. After the third interval, my feet started to tighten up a bit along with my calves. Not surprising considering how little use I give them. Around interval five, my right hip/butt cheek started to remind me that I have more in my ass than just cellulite: muscle!  By the end, I was winded and worn out, not to mention sweaty but I was also flying high on endorphins and enjoying moving once more.

I’ll never be fast and I’ll never care. As long as I move faster than I walk – I’m a runner. And it feels good to be able to say that once again.

Time for a Leap of Faith?

Friday, June 05, 2015
I'm conflicted. 

I have the opportunity to apply for a new job (temporary) which is yet another big step up from my current position and a HUGE jump in pay. There's no guarantee I'd get it but I have an "in" with the people I'd be working for. You see, I'm currently the executive secretary in my office and the opportunity is for the executive assistant position (manager). This would be less admin type work and more...I don't know..."big picture", managing our office type stuff. There is no doubt that I'm smart enough to do the type of work that would be asked of me but every other EA I know in our department has a lot (and I mean a LOT) of subject matter knowledge that I just don't feel I have.

TBH, I'm a little scared.
Punchbowl Falls, Jasper National Park, June 2013
It seems that everyone around me has faith in me for this position...except me.

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