Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The running (wo)man

Yes folks, that will be me:)  This past Saturday I went to meet a blog friend, Enz from Downward TrENZ.  She was incredibly lovely and has been a HUGE inspiration to me.  She began running in July and completed the Couch to 5k running program.  She can run 5 freaking kilometers.  She is my hero. I know, I know, many of you can also run 5k and are probably wondering what is the big deal.  You are all my heroes!

I have not made it a secret how much I hate exercise.  If I had to choose an exercise though, running has always appealed to me.  I picture myself running with the wind blowing through my hair and being so great at it, that I'm barely breaking a sweat. OK seriously, I know I am going to DIE while I learn to run through the Running Room clinic that I am trying to talk myself into registering for RIGHT NOW.  Registering for it RIGHT NOW means I can't back out.  We'll I can, but it would cost me almost $80 to back out.  I'm very cheap.  Once I pay the fee, I have to go...even if it kills me!

I know I need to exercise.  I even ventured out on the weekend and bought a Jillian Michaels yoga DVD.
All I can say is I  better lose "up to 5 pounds a week"  or I want my $8 back Walmart!  She has a pretty kick-ass bod that I wouldn't mind having.  I'll keep dreaming because I know deep down that I will never become so committed, that I will end up with a stomach that looks like that!  I'm going to start with the dvd, and Enz has graciously offered to go to yoga classes with me at our local community centre starting in the spring.  Yoga is flipping expensive.  The ones offered through Hamilton Parks and Recreation are a third of what they cost at a Yoga studio.

So I'm very excited but nervous at the same time.  People learn to run all the time, so why should I be any different?  I'll tell you why, because I am accident prone.  Ask any of my girlfriends whom I have vacationed with and they will tell you that I am the queen of un-coordination and it's not related to the drink.  Well, truth be told, I haven't fallen in a long time because I have learned to balance better.  However, that's for walking!  What if running means I have to reteach myself the balance thing?

I haven't run since I was forced to run the track in high school.  It was painful and humiliating.  The gym teacher should have done a learn to run clinic with us instead of just telling us to get at it.  I, being the biggest, was always last.  Not one of my finest moments.  I was more jealous of athletic people in high school than I was of the popular kids.  Even then I knew that if I could just be more athletic, I would be normal size.  I skipped 3/4 of my grade 11 gym classes...and got away with it!  I was a supreme liar when it benefited me.  Ended up doing some bogus assignment on nutrition and got a passing grade.

While I'm writing this, I'm emailing Enz.  She has confirmed that she is indeed going join me in the Running Room clinic.  So I seriously gotta run:) I have a registration I gotta take care of!


  1. Good luck!! Enza is a great running chum!!

    1. Ah thanks Gman :) I couldn't have done it without you.

  2. I need to learn how to run to!! Last time I did it felt like death. lol

    Hope you have fun running!

  3. I really, really envy runners! My friend who is a hardcore runner swears up and down that anyone can become a runner, but I've just never been able to keep up. Even in high school when I was actually in shape it was tough! Good luck to you my Dear - I'll be rootin' for ya!

  4. I am doing the couch to 5k program, too. I was also the big girl in high school and never was able to run one lap, let alone the 4 to make a mile. Right now I am on week 7 of the program and am running 25 minutes straight---about 2 miles. I recommend Robert Ullrey's couch to 5k podcast (free to download). He tells you when to run or walk, and has some pretty good music. Now, he assumes that you will be running at 6 mph. Uh, no. I "run" at 4.4 mph. Once I build my endurance, I will work on speed. You can do it! 30 lbs down on Poon and working my way to the 5K! 15 lbs and 1.1 mile to go!!!!

  5. Good luck with the running! I've run a 5k but it's still a struggle. My next one is on January 28th and I've barely trained. Eek!

  6. More power to you (wo)man!!! I wouldn't run in school period! I would just walk and take the failing grade on that day.

    My husband is a crazy ass running and would adore if I ran but ummm NO! LOL Great job!!

  7. Leigh!! You can totally do this! My knees can't take running now, but once I shed some weight I will be mentally racing you - so get a move on it! :D

  8. You can do this! Totally! I was accident prone also but the more weight I kick to the curb the better it has gotten! Now I run on ice!

  9. You're making me blush!! Thank you for saying such nice things. It will be good for me, I never learned to run with proper form or stretch properly I just made it up as I went along and luckily didn't injure myself. Having someone to run with is what kept me going - thanks Guenther - so I know how much it helps. I am also not keeping up running during the Winter as I should be so starting over will be good for me too and I might try learning to run landing on forefoot instead of heel strike. We'll have fun, no matter what :)