Today I “ran” to work….It is quotes, because while I did run in places, I am still mostly walking. When I put this in context, I do realise that everyone starts somewhere, and today is the official day I started running.
Today I say, “I AM A RUNNER!” The same way a mom says her child is now walking, as they teeter and wobble all about, learning and becoming better at their chosen skill.
I think I like running in the winter…I can still hide behind my many layers of clothes, and my touque…people still don’t see me.
I am not a fan of exercising in front of people…I am just starting to get past the “someone is looking, I have to walk now….” part of me. I know that is the reason why I like being alone at the gym. For all you people who have never been fat, there is just something about the “fat wave” that seems to continue moving, even after you stop moving…aka Homer Simpson. I find that humiliating. Winter gives me the opportunity to work on having less of the wobble factor, without anyone seeing it.
There is a clip on Youtube that I’m going to add here when I get home. apparently, youtube is not an approved site to access while working at the federal government (thank god really). It is Will Smith, and it’s called reading or running. The premise is any problem can be solved if you can read (there is no problem that someone else in the history of the written word, hasn’t already experienced, solved, and written about the solution) or run (once you can beat the “voice” in your head that tells you that you can’t…nothing can stop you).
The voice in my head is James Earl Jones. He tells me I can’t….and with a voice like that, who’s not going to believe? Today, I stuffed a sock in his mouth, and did what I could do to start. Hopefully, by May, his voice will be more like Mickey Mouse’s…..
Today I timed it…I don’t know where I’m going, if I don’t know where I am. My goal was to just have a number to start from.
When I walk, depending on the traffic lights factor, I can usually make it around 1 hour 5 minutes…running 50 minutes and 5 seconds.
Because I want to be accountable, and I am very visual, I am going to post my times on my blog…but I have many issues with running.
This is what I wear to run…2 bra’s, long sleeved, elastic type wicking compression shirt, nike short sleeved workout shirt, sweatshirt, then weatherproof jacket on top. Boxer shorts, long john type wicking compression tights, track pants. 2 pairs of socks, touque and thinsulate gloves/mittens.
I don’t think I am breathing right…and it could be “temperature” cold related
I sweat like a pig, and I am soggy when I get to work
My feet are cold! I have running shoes from the running room, but they are really summer shoes with the webbing on the top. I do wear 2 pairs of socks, but me feet feel crammed into them. (and I need to replace them soon anyways..)
I wear gloves…the ones with bare fingers that can be flipped into mittens. I’m going to do the string trick from childhood, because half way to work I want them off!
I wear a touque and I’ve had issues with my glasses fogging up. I’ve managed to make something that holds my glasses where I want them, just have to figure out how to see while running..
My pants keep migrating down…suspenders while running? Hmmmm…
My jacket is waterproof and windproof…and just slightly tight with my three layers underneath it. I wanted one that was longer in the back because my butt gets cold…but settled for this one for now.
Ok everyone…since I am new at this…I want advice! I am a visual person, so sometimes learning has to be the hard way for me…. I don’t expect to win any races, but I want to survive this 5k in June and look and feel better as time goes by.