finding the running joy....
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
this started as a reply to a sp friend's blog but it got seriously out of hand, so i thought i would post it as my own blog instead. for you, brandyn.....
i NEVER, and i mean NEVER EVER, thought i would enjoy running. why would someone run unless being chased?!?! pfft. it made no sense to me. then i met a couple spark friends, both runners, who professed a joy in running. i thought, i have jazzer-joy, why would i need running joy?? running is silly. then i left town and there was no jazzercise and then my kids were sick and i couldn't go to jazzercise and then it snowed to beat the band and i couldn't get to jazzercise. and then it hit me ... i needed an alternative, back-up-plan exercise. they loved running, maybe i could too....
i tried running on the treadmill first. WOW. i HATED it. i was sucking wind BAD. i could walk faster than i could jog. it hurt my feet. it hurt my lungs. it hurt my hips. why could i jazzercise every day and not have these problems? running was LAME! and no one was chasing me, so why should i continue?? i whined about it to my sp friends. again, they professed their running joy; encouraged me to keep trying. and, then, because i'm stubborn, it became a personal challenge. i was gonna find this running joy because if there can be jazzer-joy, there can be running joy. my friends had it. i could too.... dammit.
i researched running. i watched youtube videos on proper form. i went to the running store and bought special shoes. i was gonna figure this out if it killed me!! i kept trying and i kept trying. it still made no sense. i still wasn't feeling it. but, i kept at it. then one day i ran a mile non-stop on the treadmill. OMG! i was thrilled!!! even though i wasn't setting any world records for speed, or even particularly enjoying myself, i was pleased with the accomplishment. i was getting closer. there was a satisfaction in completing the task.
all this time i had been running indoors on the dreadmill. then, one glorious day, i pushed my commitment to myself by signing up for a 5k with a local sparkfriend. the 5k wasn't on a treadmill. i was gonna have to run in the world ... where people could *gulp* see me running. we worked through c25k together, supporting each other online and meeting for a couple runs together at a nearby track. running in the world was a HUGE hurdle for me. (no running pun intended.) but, lo and behold, running in the world was a heckuva lot easier than running on the dumb treadmill. i could go faster and could run longer in the world. 30 minutes in the world was a breeze compared to 30 minutes on the treadmill.
i was scared spitless for that first 5k, but we ran/walked it in 36 minutes and some odd seconds. it was a RUSH to cross that finish line. i honestly didn't think i could do it. the pride swell was ENORMOUS. we had done it with energy to spare. later that very same day, high on, oh, yes, RUNNING JOY(!), i signed up for my second 5k. a month later i ran that 2nd 5k in 27:16. i thought i might BURST when i crossed that finish line. i had set a goal to run it in 30 minutes. blew that sucker right out of the water! w00t! i had done that. ME! i ran 3.1 miles in 27 minutes. ME!! the i-only-run-if-someone-is-chasi
ng-me girl? yes, that would be ME! i signed up for the first 5k of 2011 this morning. are you sitting down?? get this ----- running can be as addictive as jazzercise. WTFHeck?!?!?! *grabs chest* i know!!! who'da thunk it?!?!
if you want to, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO, the running joy can be yours. i challenge you to keep at it. work a program like c25k that builds your endurance over time. or, heck, put together a killer playlist and run a song, walk a song. you don't have to run FAST, just run at a comfortable pace. push yourself to the end of the song. you'll likely find it gets easier. or, you might find you hate it and this entire novella is for naught, but know there are people who hated it who grew to love it. will i run a marathon, probably not, but i do enjoy recreational running and have challenged myself to complete a 10k this year. it adds another dimension to jazzercise; an alternative. it's a different endurance test.
for me, a really good playlist helps a TON too. i'm not a "listen to myself breathe, get in touch with myself in the solitude" person. i need a back beat, a distraction that keeps me putting one foot in front of the other. i get a lot of my running songs from jazzercise. footloose is a fantastic running song too. i'm not even sure i run to that one so much as skip/hop/wiggle. it's hard not to fist pump. seriously. lol. keep trying. experiment. challenge yourself. seek the running joy.....
my 5k playlist from last year:
i like it - enrique iglesias
getting over you - david guetta/fergie/chirs willis
i know you want me - pitbull
club can't handle me - flo rida
dynamite - taio cruz
every morning - basshunter
i can transform ya - chris brown
footloose - kenny loggins