This is me stretching before my first run of 2013, looking ridiculously over excited (or something)
It’s been a very long time since I last ran. I have a compliment of 5K, 10K and half marathon’s under my belt but then graduate school took over and stole my time. That’s when I discovered 12 minute workouts. They saved me from what I lovingly refer to as ‘writer’s butt’ (caused from sitting for lengthy periods of time. Late at night. Possibly eating mindlessly and crying at the same time).
Now that school is finished, I have decided to reacquaint myself. My introduction to running was in grade 8 when the class had to run 2 miles around the track every week. I hated it. I like to think I’m not the only one who tried claiming their period pains were so bad they couldn’t possibly run. Oh please.
Fast forward to my 20’s, running solely for the purpose of weight loss. My first run was downhill and I thought I was going to die. Yes, it worked but something unexpected happened, I fell in love with it. Running has made me feel strong, challenged and inspired. It has introduced me to new friends. I am shocked by how far I can run sometimes. I am also shocked that I still have my front teeth (tree roots can be hazardous). I have run through hot sun, early morning darkness, in solitude through the forest, up monster hills, from dogs off leashes, with thousands, through moments of great happiness as well as grief. I am allowed to spit, walk, compete, eat candies, cheer others and jump in puddles. Sometimes, I run scared (bears=surge of adrenaline). Other times, I visualize my stresses tumbling off behind me, unable to hang on.
I treat my running with respect but I don’t take it too seriously. You will not find any gadgetry on me other than my Ipod shuffle every once in awhile. You can be serious if you want to. That’s the thing, you can run any which way you want to!
My plan at this point is to run at least 3 times a week, starting with a walk run routine (if I feel like it). I will post about it on my 12 minutes page. If you’re a beginner, I found some links here and here that have some plans you can follow.
If you’re not a runner (or you are) and you are looking for motivation to get out there, why not dedicate a walk or run to this little peanut, Mirabel? :