Leaping a Running Hurdle

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Today I did something I was sure I'd never do.  I ran 1.65 miles in 30 minutes.

Now, that is not all that fascinating or fantastic, I admit.  I've been doing that distance in that time for almost two weeks.  No, it was how I did it.  As I've mentioned before, I have a bit of a mental block when it comes to running for even numbered minutes (eg: 2, 4, or 6 minutes). 

Today I smashed that block and ran 7 sets of run-2/walk-1.  It was difficult.  I was nervous.  I wanted to give up.  I was worried I'd throw up.  My calf muscles threatened to snap in two but I stuck with it and I am incredibly pleased and proud of myself!

It may have helped that I wore my favourite running shirt, the one I didn't completely earn.  Some day, I'll attempt the half again and finish.

After a great run, some much needed stretching, and a fabulously hot shower, I refueled my tank which was hovering on empty.  A piece of fish, the last of the mashed potatoes, and a bushel of brussels!  The yellow glop on my 'taters?  A spoonfull of the butter sauce my sprouts came in.

Will I be able to do this run again, pushing through my fear of those even numbers?  Damn rights I will.  However, tomorrow's  going to be a rest day and Saturday will likely be a walk or a session on the stationary bike with some weights. 

I'm so excited that it IS possible to do this.  And by "this", I mean run.  My fears of breaking another toe (or the same one, yet again), crippling arthritis pain, or pulling a boob muscle from all that jostling around, belong to the old Karen.  Sure I find running uncomfortable - I'm still looking for industrial strength support for my "girls" and my calves tighten up within 30-40 seconds of starting to run - but I'm able to do it.  And I love it.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well done! Keep going, keep getting stronger and faster!

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