I started running again.

When I was in high school, I ran track for a single season. I ran hurdles – poorly – and it hurt. I ran for exercise, but not super regularly.

It’s been a long time since I’ve run for fitness. And I started again last week. I’m embarrassed by how out of shape I am, despite the kickboxing (I can only imagine it would be worse if I didn’t do the kickboxing). I can run for 1/4 of a mile at the start, then I have to alternate with walking until I get to a mile. I’m also embarrassed by how painful the running is.

I have gone for a run 5 out of the last 8 days (the other 3, I was kickboxing) – today, my ankles, shins, knees and thighs hurt, along with my shoulders and shoulder blades. This is how I know I’m out of practice: I have forgotten how to relax the right muscles while running.

But I’m going to push through. My goal? To be able to run one mile consistently by March 17. That’s pushing it, I know. But I’m going to try: that’s the date of Jake’s next karate run. He’s scheduled to run 2 miles before his next belt test, and I want to be able to do the second mile with him.

So here’s my tentative schedule:

week of Feb 13-19: Run .25 miles, then alternate run/walk by .10 increments (at least 3x during the week) – complete

week of Feb 20-26: Run .40 miles, then alternate run/walk by .10 increments (at least 3x during the week)

week of Feb 27-Mar 4: Run .55 miles, then alternate run/walk by .10 increments (at least 3x during the week) – this will be challenging, as I will be at AWP. But the hotel has a fitness center and I have determination.

week of Mar 5-11: Run .70 miles, then alternate run/walk by .10 increments (at least 3x during the week)

week of Mar 12-18: Run as much of 1 mile as possible (at least 3x during the week)

I’ll keep you posted. Wish me luck, kids.

 

(today’s post title taken from Dean Young’s excellent poem “Not in Any Ha Ha Way”)

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