Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Run for Fun, Run for a Purpose

It is no secret that I enjoy exercise. Taking a day off from the gym never serves me well as I am a creature of habit and routine and if that routine is broken, even if only for a day, I get lazy and never want to go back. But I do go back. And I love it. I love the endorphins. I love the sweat. I love the burn in my muscles. I know that if I didn't eat like a pig, I could actually be really fit and toned. That part is a work in progress, as usual.

Lately I have realized that I need a bit more purpose at the gym. I've been getting the urge to run. I see people running and I remember what it felt like to walk out the front door and run for over an hour. It has been a while since I've done that and I miss it. I still find it strange that I enjoy running since I was mostly a pool baby (my mom's water broke when she was on her way to coach a masters swim meet). Being on land isn't really my thing. I love the water. But running got into my blood and when I train properly, I really enjoy the freedom running gives me. I can turn down any street, follow any path and turn around and go back anytime. Lovely.

So I've decided to run. And not just run for fun. Run for purpose. As in....run a half marathon. In November. This plan is contingent on one thing (if you read my blog enough, you will know what this is) but until that happens, I'm working on building my endurance. Currently, I run zero miles a day. I do sprint intervals on the treadmill (2 minutes run, 1 or 2 minutes walk) but that isn't enough. Yesterday after a 10 minute elliptical warm up, I ran a 4/1 interval-4 minutes running, 1 minute walking, for 30 minutes. I felt great. My last running interval was at 6.0, which is fast to me. I felt the burn in my legs and lungs. I felt alive and happy. I felt confident that this is something that I can do. I told my husband on the way home from the gym, "I might be a lardass but I'm in pretty good shape!" Seriously. I'm overweight and it shows but get me on the treadmill and I'll push myself.

Running for purpose WHILE having fun? For some, it is unheard of. But for me, it has given me a renewed excitement about working out. The half is 14 weeks away. Official training starts in 2 weeks. I need to be able to run 3 miles by then so I'll be spending the next 11 days working on that goal.

Wish me luck!

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