Sunday, March 9, 2014

Me vs. Running

It's no secret. I hate running and I will admit that I'm terrible at it - my endurance sucks and I can't even run in a straight line. The last time I ran "long distance" was in 2009 when a friend convinced me to run a half marathon with her... I quit halfway through training. Somehow, I found myself running today to prepare for my first 10km next month. Here's how I got sucked in peer pressured into it:

For the last two years, my father-in-law has been working hard for a healthier lifestyle. He has since gone from size 46 jeans to wearing size 32 jeans and has made it his goal to run a marathon. When he asked my husband, sister-in-law, and I to run with him at the annual Vancouver Sun Run, I decided to take on the challenge. Besides, if a 60+ year old man can do it, what excuse do I have? This afternoon, I laced up my running shoes and went outside to see how far I could go without stopping. I decided that 3km would be a good goal.
I turned my phone's GPS on and started to track my activity on RunKeeper
RunKeeper LadyTime: five minutes. Distance: zero point seven kilometres
Me: omg, that's it? that's all?

I kept running and was determined to reach my 3km goal without stopping. At 3km, I started to think... this isn't so bad, i still have some left in me. So I kept running. 4km arrived and I thought...five sounds like a nicer number... so i kept running. At 5km, I was getting into my groove and felt like I could still keep going. I just distracted my mind with thoughts about the delicious dinner that was waiting for me. 6km rolled around and I thought... i can't believe i reached 6! I can still keep going... 7 would be a nicer number. *pant* *pant* *pant* I was singing along in my head to the music blasting in my ear *areeeee you gonnnnnnaaaa -------- The music stopped. My phone died. I was pretty upset that I couldn't track my distance anymore especially since I was getting into a groove for 7km but the other part of me was happy it was over. 


As you can see, my pace started getting worse towards the end but i'm just happy I kept going! Now back to the barbells...

Do you enjoy running?

6 comments:

  1. hahahaahahah! i love the drawing. i love running but only on trails. road running sucks. sorry road runners, but trails rule all.

    road running feels like forever, but when i'm running trails, 10K flies by and i want to do more. i can't wait until we thaw out and then i can hit the trails again. and kudos to your FIL!!!

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  2. Good for you!!! I've missed your posts :((( That is AWESOME that you're going to tackle a big run! I've never actually run a race, but for awhile I was a huge runner. And no, I didn't enjoy it, but I did it to lose weight/be fit and after awhile I kind of got used to it, I guess? And then I injured my knee from over training so now I barely run, which kind of sucks. Be careful! Get good shoes when you run and don't over do it because lord knows I wish I hadn't ruined my knee.

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  3. you can do it!!!
    i ran my first 10k last year, i never thought i'd run any marathon because i'm so bad at running, but a friend forced me, and it was for a good cause so i thought i tried. the moment i passed the finish line, i was estatic! it was a great feeling. S i'm doing it again this year, it's also a ways to force myself to start working out and training for it.

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  4. Wooo good job Kim!! I hate running too and I think I've given up on it. I actually don't mind running running but I don't want to condition my body so that I can run without being in pain.

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  5. That really is awesome! Lifting gave you a good foundation and your perseverance did the rest. How did your knees feel the next day???

    I bet you helped inspire your FIL to be healthier.

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  6. yay! at least you pushed yourself!! now you just gotta charge that phone! ;)

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