therefore we must suffer

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”)

5 thoughts on “therefore we must suffer”

  1. I would love to run. Could never really do it – I remember “doing the mile” in grade school and it hurt and sucked. I always ended up with side stitches and shin splints. (and that was when I was young, thin, and “fit.”) I don’t think the gym teacher was a very good coach – I didn’t know HOW to run… she would just get us all out there and tell us to go. I remember getting about 3/4 of the way around the first lap and having to slow to a fast walk. The damn teacher would yell at me and the other half dozen kids who were walking and I’d feel like crap. It’s almost become one of those goals that I want to achieve just so I can say, “Suck it, Mrs. Williams!”
    In recent years, I have this strange yearning to run. I’ll hear a good song and think, “ooh… I’d love to run to this right now.”
    I looked into the Couch to 5K program ( a couple of months ago and then forgot about it. Your post today has re-inspired me… so, thank you!

  2. I started this with my mom last summer. We were both pretty out of shape, but did really well with this chart.

    It’s the same as the Couch to 5k, except with pictures.
    Best of luck! I’ve started running again this week too!

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