Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Runner in Me!

First, I would like to send out a big thank you to my blogging friends. Your comments mean so much to me and I cherish all of you so much.

Today was a great workout day because instead of doing Yoga I decided to hit the treadmill for a run. This of course was not planned but this morning I felt the need to run. It was a desire deep in my soul.

Okay, I have to admit that my feet have not touched a treadmill in over a year and running has not been part of my workout on a regular basis. OMG! when I hit the treadmill my heart started to sing a very happy song. My goal was to run for only :30 seconds - okay I can see the confused looks right about now but that was my goal. My workout buddy had the shock and awe look but she said okay, "I support you and and your :30 second run". Okay here we go! I started the run and before I knew it :30 seconds, 1 minute, 3 minute, 5 minute had gone bye, bye. When the time hit 6 minutes my face lit up like fireworks on the 4th of July. I thought, "Wow! me running without stopping, without being out of breath, without feeling like passing out, without giving up. No not me but yes it was me and I made it to 7 minutes with stopping. The first 3 minutes was a walking warm up. I could not believe my eyes and my workout buddy was very happy for me. My day was totally made and what a high.

Now to the serious runner 7 minute is nothing but to me that was like running up Mt. Rainier. My plan going in was to set the timer at 10 minutes, walk for the first 3 and break the last 7 minutes into :30 second run/walk intervals. But to my surprise I ran for the entire 7 minutes. So, I have decided to run every Wednesday and increase my time by 1 + minute. My goal is to run for 15 minutes without stopping. I will be running out of my comfort zone for the month.

Today as I was surfing the Internet I came across a beginners running schedule. The picture is above. According to the chart I am at the 4th week beginners level because I ran for 7 minutes. I will continue to follow this chart for 26 weeks in hopes of running a race. According to the chart at the end of 26 weeks I should be running 120 minutes without stopping. I am up for the challenge. Just for fun I included the running shoes that kicked it all off today. These shoes are very light and comfortable. I feel and look like a true runner!

The Food of Life:
-Breakfast: Oatmeal w/dried blueberries and milk
-After workout: 2 boiled eggs and apple
-Lunch: Shredded Brussels Sprouts w/chopped turkey
-Dinner: Steamed red potatoes with broccoli

Nightly Exercise:
-20 sit ups
My plan is to do 20 sit ups every night this month. Last night was rough but I made it.

Question of the day: How many minutes can you run without stopping?

Good things come slow - especially in distance running."
- Bill Dellinger, Oregon coach

All have a wonderful and powerful day!


  1. Ok, I was very proud of my 90 seconds of non stop running but you just blew me away! :) Great job! That's absolutely incredible!

  2. I can run about a minute without stopping. I've got some monster shin splints.

  3. When I started, I could only run for 18 seconds without stopping. Yesterday, I did 10 full minutes!!

  4. 7 minutes is a HUGE Success!! Way to go! Last year, before my foot surgery, I had started running and I noticed it really helped with the weight loss. Now, I'm not a real runner or anything like that, but I had gotten up to running 15 minutes continously on the treadmill which was a very big deal for me. :)
    I'm sure now I can barely do 30 seconds. I have to build myself up again. I know you will meet your goal. Good luck!!

  5. whooohoooo!!! congrats on your run.

    The longest I've ran is 6 miles (65 min.) but at that point I felt like I could keep going forever! Love it!

    Keep it up, you're doing great!

  6. I'm finally easing my way back into Blogland...feels good to be back...loved this post!

    I shocked the shit out of myself the other day...well, about a week ago. The most I had jogged at one time was 3 mins, but I decided to see how far I could go, and I made it as far as you did without stopping...7 mins. I stopped at that point before I tripped and face-planted on the treadmill in front of everyone at the gym, lol. Of course, I haven't exercised in a week now due to the flu, and tomorrow evening will be my first day back to the gym, so who knows how far behind I've fallen. I guess we'll find out! I'm hoping for a decent weigh-in tmrw morning after that hideous gain last week. Be sure to stop by. :)

  7. I can run a few hours at a time. Longest run has been 17 miles. I have the cardiovascular indurance to go on and on and on but my knees, well, they dont seem to love long runs. I have to figure something out about that ;)