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I'm a Beginner: Making the Break

Posted Aug 24 2009 12:00am

Update – I DID get my to do list done, the most important on that being my paper.  Thank GOODNESS!!!

Also, applause for Lily, the only person to comment on the blog so far.  People, give me some love!  Or hate, just give me something – opinions, feedback, share tips, just say Hi.

Now, as promised a post about running.  Some of you know about all my injuries, aches, pains etc.  If you don’t just know there’s a lot.  I’ve always been hesitant to run and often I don’t do any cardio at all because it takes a toll on my knees and hip.  Since I’ve been reading all these amazing healthy living blogs lately I not only have been inspired to blog but inspired to start running too.

Remember, when I say running and I mean a little running, a little walking, running, then walking.  Turns out that may be the way you’re supposed to do it.  Check out this website www.jeffgalloway.com – all about running and the benefits of walking breaks built in.

Picture break – this is where I’ve been running lately, a park by my house.

Jeff Galloway’s website seems to be super popular around the blogs I’ve been reading lately.  They give tips for starting and talk about “The Galloway Method”.  Galloway says that no matter the fitness level, that all runners can benefit from walking breaks.  The walking will actually improve your times, allow you to go farther without becoming fatigued, and speed up recovery time for your muscles.

Being a beginner, I seem to have no choice and have been taking little walking breaks so I can keep going.  It’s hard on my breathing, knees, and hip.

What I ended up finding the most useful was his description about the stages of becoming a runner.  Obviously I’m in Stage 1.  I’ve included some excerpts of his description of the beginner so that you guys can see where I am mentally with this running thing right now.  See his website (as cited above) to read about his walking breaks philosophy and his full descriptions about the stages of running.

Picture break – this is the beginning of the track, notice the CN Tower in the distance, lovely scenery.

The Beginner: Stage One: Making the Break

There you are, perched on the edge of starting something entirely new, yet there are distractions, even criticisms, that cause detours and dead ends. You want to be more healthy and fit, but you may not realize how secure you’ve become in an inactive world. Each time you go out for a run you encounter a new side of yourself – one that must somehow be integrated into your daily life.

There is usually a struggle within and without. The old lifestyle is there and offers security. When the energy of “beginning” wears off, it’s harder to motivate yourself to go out for that daily run. You’ll face a lot of obstacles at first. It’s all too easy to stop when the weather turns cold, when it rains or snows, or when you feel the aches and pains of starting. You haven’t had to deal with these things before and the temptation to quit is strong.

If you’re lucky enough to make new friends who share similar fitness goals, you’ll probably find refuge in the “fit” world while you gain your “running security.”

At times you may not progress as fast as you expected. We want results. When you start, you want to see physical and psychological benefits. But if you push too hard, you can tire yourself out and end up quitting in frustration.

Don’t be discouraged, even if you’ve stopped. Tomorrow’s another day. Many beginners stop and start again 10 or 15 times before they get the habit established. Beginners who don’t put pressure on themselves seem to have an easier time staying with it. If you simply walk/jog 30-40 minutes every other day, you’ll find yourself gently swept along in a pattern of relaxation and good feeling. Your workout starts to become a special time for you. As you make progress you find within yourself the strength and security to keep going. At first you’re “just visiting” that special world when you go out for a run. But gradually you begin to change. You get used to the positive relaxed feeling. Your body starts cleaning itself up, establishing muscle tone, circulating blood and oxygen more vigorously. One day you find you’re addicted, and the beginner becomes a jogger.

One last picture – this is the last leg of the track.  I like how it’s all gravel, as a rule I never run on cement.

So there you have my take on running.  Any thoughts leave me a comment. If anyone wants to set up a running date let me know.

wake up time: 5:50 am ( I snoozed for 20 minutes)

pre run food: hot water with lemon, a few bites of banana, 1/2 luna bar

galloway method: a lot of walking, sore knee :(

time: out of the house for 25 minutes

post run food: smoothie, ezekiel toast with almond butter

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