For you runners- it gets better, right?
I'm a new runner. Although since I have literally ONE run under my belt, I'm not so sure I can classify myself as such. I ran for THE very first time yesterday. My husband is a runner, it never interested me a ton. But, lately it has. I kept putting it off, thinking I would start when I was closer to my goal weight. Then realized it might actually HELP me get rid of my last 20-30 pounds. Once I got over the fear of people laughing and staring, I took a run with my husband last night. (who was so gracious to keep my pace and encourage me- he does 10 mile runs and much faster than me!).
I did a 5 minute warm up walk, then started running. I went 2:45 before I felt like I was dying. I stopped running, and starting walking.. walked maybe 5 minutes, got the courage to try again.
I WENT 8:05 minutes!!!!!! I went slower this round. I think I went too fast the first time- I was carrying an 11:00 min/mi and I think it was too fast for a VERY first run. The second round I was more around 13:00 and could hold for 8 minutes straight. I only went .6 miles, so not even 1 mile. But that's OK for a first run, right?
My husband said an 8 minute straight run for the first time was absolutely amazing- but he's my husband, you know? He says those things.
How did you all do those first runs?
It was actually my stomach that pushed me to stop when I did. I got this massive cramp in my stomach area around 5 minutes. I pushed through for 3 more, but then it was too much.
Today my legs feel like jello. And my calves ache a bit. But I feel this strange accomplishment today, I feel amazing.
That said, the thought of doing this again kinda scares me. :P I plan to take today off, and try again tomorrow. I have this fear I'll do worse?
Sorry for the rambles. I'm just kinda stoked I pushed past my fears and got out there. (FYI- it's incredible of how nervous I was when I first started that people would stare.. and once I got 2-3 minutes into it and "int the zone" I'm pretty sure I was the only person who existed on the roads, I could care less who saw me).