Learning to Walk – Ding! Ding! Ding!
We Have a WINNER!!
Isn’t it weird how you put off seeing a doctor forever and a day, then you have some sort of serious scare involving the “C-word” and then you find yourself calling the doctor and the nurse practitioner for every little thing? *sigh*
Okay. I’ve been trying to relearn how to run. I was a runner in my teens and twenties. I ran long distances, up and down hills. I ran because I had to, carrying a backpack and an M-16, wearing BDU’s and a helmet. I ran because it was fun, in hot pink shorts and a teeny tank top. I loved running.
Then I stopped. Not all at once, but over the years as babies came along and life got in the way. Earlier this year I thought to myself, “Self! You should run again! What great, efficient exercise!” So I hopped online, researched beginner runner programs, talked to a marathon runner friend and started to learn to run again. It’s not as easy as it was thirty years ago, now that I’m staring the big Five-Oh in the face. Every run required more than 48 hours to recover. Every run hurt. Not my lungs, but my hips and my knees.
I just started back running after injury and surgery, and it still hurts. I had a conference with my Doctor (bless her heart) and then with Buff Chad. I’m going to stop running before I cause some serious damage to myself. Instead, I’m SPEED WALKING!!! It has all the cardio and endurance benefits of running, but none of the joint-jarring, ligament-tearing side effects.
I’ve worked through my Learning to Run program this week walking instead of running. Not just a leisurely stroll, my friends. Rather, busting along at a little over 4 mph. I finished a 3 mile training session yesterday evening without a single twinge of pain, and I woke up this morning with no aching hips! I’m still on for the 5K in October, and my goal is to make it in under 40 minutes.