Hey everybody! This is Alison from Anchor in the Stratosphere. I’m so excited to be writing to all of you this week for Melissa, it feels like going to a party and meeting a bunch of new friends!
So I’ve been thinking a lot about running. Melissa and this blog are a big part of it, but also my new dog Riker: he’s a rescue pup with a lot of energy! (read more about him here) I discovered recently that he loves to run, so between Melissa and Riker I’ve been inspired to give running another go…
I’m not a runner. I want to love running…but I don’t.
My history with running is pretty brief. It started with basketball which I played from 5th to 12th grade but we usually only ran 84 feet (the length of the court) at a time and if it was anything longer than that…it was punishment! The goal was to be quick, not to go very far.
I last played organized basketball when I was 18 and then next time I ran was when I was when I was 25 and my now sister-in-law invited me to run a 5K with her. That started my first brief relationship with running and I “trained” for two months to join her. I hated every blessed second of my runs, but when the big day came I finished in 32.38 and she convinced me to run with her again the following summer.
The problem (other than my loathing for the activity) was the running it seemed, was not good for me. Every day after a run I would have a splitting headache. My period also completely stopped and I was losing pounds off my already very thin frame. My husband made me promise to stop and I broke up with running.
And that’s it, until now. The blogging community has led running to start calling me again, and I want to give it another chance. I read so many posts about running by such happy and balanced people and I want a piece of that! I want the feeling they get by running and now I’ve learned that to get there I need a combination of doing it my way…and being smart. When I first tried to get into running, I definitely did it all my way. I just went out there and tried to run 3.1 miles and when I sucked at it, it made me mad. I don’t like being a beginner at anything, it’s my vice. I get really frustrated when I have to start at the foundation even though that’s where everybody starts!
I can still do it “my way” but I need to be smart. I learned from that first go that I don’t care as much about distance. I just can’t mentally handle a slow pace, probably because of basketball…and a bit of ADD. I’d rather go one mile fast that 26.2 slow, that’s just me; but now I know that if I’m going to go faster, I need to do intervals and work up to going longer at a time so I don’t get frustrated. This I hope will prevent the burn out and defeat of last time.
I also learned that I was not fueling my body appropriately (duh). I was living alone at the time and super broke so that’s no surprise. It was the lunch meat on crackers for dinner chapter of my life. The truth is though, I frankly can’t afford the calories. I need to be smarter this time and be more conscious of what I’m eating and what I’m burning. The headaches are still a mystery to me but could possibly be due to not eating well enough also and really, how can I expect my body to run very far if it’s too hungry!?
So this summer I’m giving running a second chance. My husband is on board since I’ve promised to take better care of myself. I’m going to work on meal planning and learn to make smoothies! Riker is going to be there wanting to run every morning, and I can’t let this cute face down.
This time I also designed my own running plan (since I like to do things my way and have an unhealthy love for excel). I’m making sure I make time for strength training as well as rest during my week, and even though I know the first several runs will feel way too easy, I’m going to resist the temptation to cut corners and go ahead of the plan. The goal is to like it! I haven’t tried it yet obviously but if you’re anything like me you’re welcome to try it out!
One week is cut out where I’ll be gone to Montana but don’t worry; I’ll be getting plenty of exercise there! Part of the plan is that I’ll feel more accountable since I’ve told all of you what I’m doing! Please check in often on my twitter or blog and make sure I’m doing my runs! I’m falling in love with the blogging community and how it’s encouraging me to make healthy changes and can’t wait to learn and do more!
Questions for You:
1. When did you start running?
2. Was it love at first run or did it take some time?
3. Any idea what could be giving me those headaches??