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I Ran for a Full Mile!

Friday, June 21, 2013

On Tuesday, I ran for a mile! Without slowing to a walk. It is a wonderful milestone for a 55 year old gal who once said she would never, never-ever, run.

Then, just to prove it wasn't a fluke, I ran for a mile, without slowing to a walk, again this morning. :D

Why did I decide to run after a lifetime of avoiding running? In the process of becoming fit, I took up the challenge to walk further and hike more often. My weekday mornings limit me to about 30-45 minutes of exercise, including cardio & strength. After 8 or 9 months, it seemed that I really needed to ramp up the cardio with some intervals.

So I took a class. Isn't that the thing to do when you want to learn a new skill? And running IS A SKILL. It is not something everyone can do intuitively. Well, of course, I could run. But could I run distance without injury? I'd heard from so many people about knee and leg injuries. It simply seemed prudent to learn from a pro. So I did. I signed up for Chi-Running. A small group class of 5 people, two sessions of three hours each. The class was awesome and I learned about everything from selecting an appropriate shoe to appropriate warm-up, posture, and post-run stretches.

And then I began. Walk 5 minutes, run 30-60 seconds. Worked up to walk 3 run 2, and kept moving forward. On Tuesday, I went out for my morning run-walk. I walked two blocks, then began a slow run. The intent was to run one-half mile and just evaluate how I felt. So that's what I did. As I was nearing the half-mile mark, I felt pretty good and decided to keep running for as long as possible. And a mile did seem possible.

My GPS run-tracker has a little voice that comes on at the end of a mile and tells you that you've hit a mile and at what speed. The voice came on and said I'd gone a mile in 12:53. However, I knew that I'd walked the first two blocks and I wanted to be certain I made a full mile. I ran for three more blocks, then walked the final few blocks to the house. Leashed up the greyhounds and walked several more blocks.

This morning, it felt right again. My mind argued with me about 8 blocks in. "You don't need to prove anything. You don't need to run. Just get up to that corner, then walk." The corner arrived and I literally and figuratively turned a corner. Out loud, I said, "I can so run a mile again and it will be easier this second time through." Amazingly, my mind shut up and didn't keep trying to dissuade me.

However, the run-tracker's voice didn't come on to tell me I'd hit a mile. I was certain that I'd passed a mile sometime back, so I pulled it out and realized that I had muted it! I actually ran 1.1 miles this morning.

Now, I am a runner. Next goal, run for the entire distance in a 5k. Don't worry, I'll work up to it. :D
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    I had foot surgery on Friday and my pre-op nurse is a runner and 57 like me. After running since I was 18, I haven't been able to run at all for several years (although I've still walked).

    He practices Chi running and told me all about it so I've been reading up on it. I don't think classes are within about 300 miles of me because I've been searching. Still I'm going to learn more about it for walking and maybe I can give running a try again be keep from getting injured this time.

    2463 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    That's not the first time I've heard of Chi-Running, and I'm more and more curious about it.

    Great story and I love the ending on how you conquered your mind and defeated your inner naysayer, and ran 1 mile for the second time!
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    Comment edited on: 6/28/2013 11:28:59 AM
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  • LINDAK25

    2469 days ago
    You are beyond amazing! Slow and steady and now running a mile!
    2470 days ago
    Awesome, and definitely inspiring. I just started walking a mile at a time. And today for the first time ever I broke into a short little run twice during the walk. I have never done that before! But like you said, it just felt right.

    I hope to get to where you are at some day.
    2470 days ago
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    Super awesome. I've been on the same journey -- still not quite to running a full 5k, but getting closer everyday! Congrats to you on your accomplishment -- I know it must have felt really great. I'm curious what sort of GPS run-tracker device you have, as I have been thinking about purchasing one to make the transition to outdoor running (as opposed to treadmill running) easy to keep track of my distances.
    2470 days ago
  • SAC-6582
    Congrats!!!! emoticon emoticon

    By the way I should be back in AZ the end of August. I have missed being there.

    Sac-6582 (Steve)
    2470 days ago
    Great storyteller. Congrats! Inspires me to get to that point, too!
    2471 days ago
    Good for you. Keep on running! I just started running as well. In the past I wouldn't have run unless I was being chased by a fire breathing I like it.
    2471 days ago
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    Love your story and feeling your excitement.
    It has been well over 15 years since I have run at any distance. I remember the last time I ran because I almost fell down running home in the rain after putting my daughter on the bus in elementary school. She's 28 now.
    I'm still in the process of getting my legs working again by walking. My sedentary job has taken it's toll. I haven't even considered running - even as final goal. But they say it's pretty exhilarating.
    I'll be following your running.
    2471 days ago
    Congratulations! You've worked hard for that accomplishment :)
    2471 days ago
    That is a wonderful turn yourself into a runner. Way to go on reaching a mile. I need to ramp up my exercise also!

    2471 days ago
    What an accomplishment! So great to push your body and learn new things. Congratulations and enjoy your success!!

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    Such an awesome job! Keep up the awesome work!
    2471 days ago
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    i am 50 and just starting to run.

    you are my new inspiration.

    thank you. great job!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2471 days ago
    Wow, I'm proud of you.
    2471 days ago
    There's always a new goal out there calling to you when you reach the old one. emoticon
    2471 days ago

    You can do it!
    2471 days ago
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    Running is so addictive! Congrats on your milestone!
    2471 days ago
    That's awesome! Plus, you had a great running time. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon
    2471 days ago
  • NABIT36
    Congratulations! emoticon
    2471 days ago
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