Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Running to and from

Over a month ago Monica asked if running was a long time thing for me or something new. The answer is both. I started running in junior high because my best friend was a runner. I hated it. The track coach relegated me to the mile along with others who had no speed and no desire to improve. For me track was a means to a social end and it didn't take me very long to develop the mantra, "I only run when chased."

A few years ago a friend of mine who has been an avid runner since age 12 encouraged me to run. She assured me I could do it. I think I had the desire to be a runner but really didn't know how to begin. So for a couple months I ran a little, walked a lot, ran a little more, and so on, until I hurt my knee. The podiatrist encouraged me to rest and let the knee heal and then buy a pair of real running shoes instead of trying to run in my three-year-old Meijer specials. I did so, but then we got a lot of snow and a foster child came to live with us and I lost interest in running.

Last year I decided I needed to drop a few pounds and get some exercise so I started walking inside with Leslie Sansone videos. I was quite happy with this until the dog chewed up the DVD! So faced with the necessity of another plan, this summer I started walking the track at the high school while my kids took tennis lessons. After a few weeks I started feeling the need for speed and figured I'd walk a lap and run a lap. This slowly turned into more walking than running and now I'm up to 2.5 miles on my short day and 4 miles on my long day.

I wouldn't say that running is a passion for me, nor do I have any goals to run races or lose weight, but I will agree with Beth that I have never regretted going for a run but have often regretted not doing so. It is a time that I can run from my obligations and the noise of my house and enjoy time alone listening to music and burning off some stress. I find that I handle the pressures of life more easily and sleep better at night when I'm getting plenty of exercise, all for the price of a pair of good running shoes and some workout clothes from Walmart.

Running is probably not for everyone, but take it from this short-legged middle-aged mom, it's never too late or too hard to start!


Monica said...

I'm impressed! I've been a runner at different times in my life and for different reasons. Like you, I've never truly loved it. Hmmm....running from my obligations. That just might give me a new reason to try:)

eureka said...

Lookin' good! Say, what kind of running pants do you recommend? I'm talkin' about finding some that don't ride up the you-know-what! Seriously.

Saralyn said...

Erica, I like the these Dansking leggings from Walmart. I ordered them online for $8.

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Beth said...

Keep up the good work, Saralyn! You look great!

Moderate Means said...

I have this vision of myself (when I'm thinner!) running. We're looking at the Couch to 5K plan but I'm intimidated. The idea of running (without being chased ;) ) is just so crazy.

THanks for the inspiration!