I started running in Jan. 2006. It was an unexpected outgrowth of just trying to become more physically fit, which was a journey that started for me in July 2005. I had stopped teaching high school in 2001 and in 2002 got a job where I sit in front a computer all day. And I was doing no exercise at all. Hello extra pounds. Hello stiffness, aging, aches. I was even told that this type of aches and so on were to be expected as I got older, and I accepted that. But still, in the back of my mind, I knew I should be exercising. I just always seemed to have other things to do, and so I didn’t.
Then my friend Deb told me she was exercising and somehow that was all the motivation I needed. Just knowing she was doing it made me feel like I should and I did. She told me about some of the activities that she was doing and I tried some of those or found some of my own. Mostly it started out with walking, or home exercise DVDs like Leslie Sansone ”Walk Away the Pounds” and things like that.
And I joined a diet/nutrition/fitness online community: MyFoodDiary.com. And spent a fair amount of time in their forums and was exposed to all kinds of new ideas about eating and exercising. Everyone was supportive and encouraging.
Eventually I started looking at this “Run to Walk” program that Christine from Canada had shared. This program is in the book The Beginning Runner’s Handbook: The Proven 13-Week Walk-Run Program. The first workout sure seemed easy. Run 1 minute. Walk 2 minutes. Repeat 8 times. Not even a 30-minute workout. Three workouts per week. OK, some of the workouts later in the program seemed harder, but I figured I’d start and see how it went.
And it went fine. Eventually I could run for a whole hour without any walking breaks. Later my hubby did this program, as did both my parents. I’ve recommended it to lots of people. Anyhow, I started with a 5K race at the beginning of April 2006. I did my first 10K race at the end of April 2006. And we did some other short races. I never thought I’d do a marathon. But eventually I wanted other people to train with, and when I found out in August 2006 that there was an official training group only 15 minutes from my house for the L.A. Marathon, and that I wasn’t scheduled to work on the day of the marathon, well… that was it. I signed up.
I did have injuries and setbacks along the way, and I’ll probably post or talk about them eventually. But I’ve overcome those things. As of March 2008 I had run 3 marathons, numerous half marathons, and other shorter races, and qualified for the Boston Marathon which I will be running in April 2009.
Now I’m looking at trying triathlons. So we’ll see where that leads.
Overall, I find that I’m happier, healthier, and feel great. I want to stay active. I want to run and swim and bike and do yoga and all these things make me feel really good and young. So I just gotta keep doing it.