Friday, June 17, 2011

I CAN Do It!

I'm always so jealous of PeopleWhoRun.  I know I'm not alone in this, as I have had friends say the same thing in conversation about the topic.  How awesome and freeing would it be to just wake up in the morning, pull on some lycra (sooooo glad the Spandex days are behind us...), tie my shoes, and head out the door on a run.  By myself.  Free to go wherever I want in those lovely pre-dawn hours when the dew glistens on the grass and the bunnies dare to cross the roads without fear of becoming statistics (is there even anyone who keeps stats on roadkill?).  I live a few blocks from a lake with a path around a portion of it, and I live almost beside the bike trail that winds through Northern Virginia from Purcellville all the way to Mount Vernon. 

PeopleWhoRun make it look so effortless, and I can only assume how healthy and perfect their bodies must be.  I always assumed I couldn't run.  I may actually have been just making excuses for my lack of desire to exert myself, and even worse...sweat!!  I said that I had poor core strength, that I didn't have the stamina, that I was too tall and my limbs too spindly and uncoordinated.  Sure, maybe those are all true, but I'm learning that those are all things that can be overcome.

I CAN do it!!  Like the Little Engine that Could...I think I can I think I can I think I can... 

There's so much riding on mindset.  Last summer, I decided to get off my slowly-sagging buttocks and drag my sorry self to the gym.  Our HOA has a fantastic facility less than a mile from my house, and it's all included in the price of our monthly HOA fees.  There really are no excuses for not doing it.  So I went 3 days a week at 5am from June to October, ending my reign as self-proclaimed Queen-of-Sticking-With-It when the weather began to change.  There is nothing worse than getting up at the cold, dark time of 4:50am, shivering on the way out the door to the car, working out, then coming home in the same cold, dark dreariness.  Seriously, the elliptical just wasn't worth it.

So, terrified to actually have to get into a bathing suit again this year, terrified that my 25th (gasp!!) high school reunion is in 2 weeks, terrified that if I don't act again now I may miss my window of opportunity to correct all the high-calorie wrongs I'd done to my 40-something body since last October, I knew I had to try again.  And this time I was going to give the elliptical the old heave-ho and go for the Big-Time.  The machine that all those awesome PeopleWhoRun are made of.  The Treadmill.  Inspired by a friend on Facebook to get fit, and thinking just how freaking cool it would be if I actually ran (okay, jogged) in a 5k one day, I have now begun the process of turning these rubbery (and rather flabby) sticks called my legs into lean, mean machines.  Without bionics, thankyouverymuch.

I'm at the end of my 2nd week of this now, and am amazed at what I've gotten my body to do.  I start out with some really fast, strenuous walking for a mile, then begin the run (yes, yes, okay, fast jog).  I've worked my way up to 1 1/2 miles of that, and then do crunches and hip abduction exercises.  If the ability to squeeze my shirt out when I'm done is any indication of effort, I'm doing pretty darn well.

I just need to get to the point where it's all habit.  The point at which I can take it up a notch with minimal effort, at which I can feel confident that neither wind nor rain nor dark of morning hours can deter me from my mission.  The 30+ "likes" on my Facebook post about my run on Wednesday morning really, really made me feel good, so if you were one of those "likes," thank you!  All inspiration and motivation are appreciated, and I'll take it wherever I can get it.

Okay, off to have my bowl of cereal...

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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know, doesn't this kind of sound like parents who just find out that you have a child with a disability. "Oh, how strong you are! I could NEVER do that!" Just do it, people. Just do it.

Now I just need to apply it to my own (lack of) working out :)

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

i so want be a runner...but I am a swimmer and gave that up years ago so I have been working out consistently for years..but this summer I have bummed it up a bit...and have lost no weight...and i am not decreasing my cereal bowl! i have already rid myself of creamer in my coffee! so proud of you..for staying healthy! sounds beautiful around your home! what a great way to welcome a sunrise...this morning it was funny a thin, great, pretty runner in spandex was running and a guy in a car almost went off the road watching her...someday! smiles

krlr said...

I'm so thrilled for you & your running - I've run on/off over the years short distances but am newly zealous after my first (long) race. I'm loathe to say anything not rah-rah-whee but just for the record, it's NOT effortless. And I am easily detered ...but, BUT! there IS a tremendous sense of accomplishment after you're done. And 2-3 months in I have glimpsed those moments mid-run where I just feel... (jeez, this is getting cheesy - sorry) ...WHEE! The elusive runner's high.

Do you have music yet? I was always dismissive, thinking I should be aiming for some zen-like state but, um, NO. The shuffle is magic.

Becca said...

Music! Yes, that's what's missing! I don't have an MP3 player anymore (that works). It's almost my birthday...I know what to ask for now...

Btw, if any of you have any advice on how to regulate my breathing so I don't feel like I'm going to hyperventilate, I'd appreciate it. My legs feel just fine at the 1 1/2 mi. mark, but I don't feel like I'm breathing efficiently.

stephanie said...

Holy cow, I'm almost inspired to start running too. I thought I was the only one who wished that. i'm seriously proud of you for going for it! If it wasn't raining here today I might have been inspired to do a little walking myself. I am soooo not ready for the beach. This is not going to be a good summer, LOL
keep it up!! Waiting for bikini pics:)

Andi said...

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I am a runner (completed a full marathon in both January and February of this year), and I can assure you my 41yo body is not remotely akin to perfect or supremely healthy. I eat Doritos and drink Dr. Pepper and have a large pooch in front. But running does keep me sane...

Try breathing with your steps - like in for two, out for two (or three, or four, depending on your needs). I also second the MP3 player, and suggest you might want to consider listening to podcasts on running or some other subject that interests you.

I always do better by having a goal race and a plan!

Zoey's mom said...

Running for me is so theraputic.My therapy,on some days.And the music,a must.Once you start,and keep going,I promise,it will become addictive.In a good way.

Proud of you Becca!

PS.My 30th is next year.How the heck did that happen?Somedays I barely feel 30,let alone,that long since I was in highschool.Yikes!

Rochelle said...

Way to go, could you take my slacking, lazy body with you on your runs? LOL I am sure you will be even more of a knock out at your reunion!

Anna said...

I have a great indoor recumbant bike. I have the Wii fit and got the dance fitness one too..... all gathering dust. I did use the Wii twice this week and I am trying.....

Renee said...

You are doing great! I used to run in high school and college but it never got really easy for me. When I moved from Norfolk, where the only hill is a bridge, to Lynchburg, the Hill City, I hung up my running shoes. So it's just the elliptical machine for me. But I also think about PeopleWhoRun and wish....

Deanna said...

I have ALWAYS wished that I could be a runner. I get out there all decked out in cutesy running attire, run for 30 seconds, and then convince myself that I've been going for 3 hrs and that I'm about to DIE. So impressed that you're conquering this! I say if anyone can- you can do it, most definitely.

doozee said...

You are ON it! Running is on my 'got-to-do' list. I keep trying to figure out the time piece - HOW to run with both kids because I won't be able to do it later when Mikey can watch them (I'm too tired by then).

Did you read Born to Run?

No advice about the breathing. I'd love some myself.

my life: said...

I'm SO proud of you!
You know I have my OWN battle with the desire to be a runner. This post just solidifies that I am PRETTY sure we need to hang out. Perhaps on a beach...while we watch the SUPER ambitious people run. ;0)
When you think you are going to die *as I know that feeling well* hear my words *because of course you can't hear my voice ;0)* in your ear...we can do it girl!

RobMonroe said...

I can't figure out what my deal is - I've never been able to or wanted to run. I refuse to buy a membership someplace, but the weather (especially this year!) is all over the place.

(To translate the above: I am very lazy! That's it!)

Melissa said...

I've never been a runner either, but always wished I was....Good job!!

Team Lando said...

The peoplewhorun are proud of you!