I “Hate” Running!

I have a confession, I secretly want to hate running but I just keep falling for it.  It woos me.  It teases me.  It shows me time and time again that my body is stronger than my mind.

When I was a child, I feared running.  I was overweight, I struggled with my asthma, and I feared not being able to finish (well, I still feel these things some times).  I remember crying halfway through the mile run in PE class a number of times.  I hated running!

Back in 2006, when I moved to Dartmouth, I decided to take my weight struggles to the treadmill.  I was eating less with the help of the Weight Watchers CORE program but I needed to change my workouts.  I was comfortable using the elliptical and wanted nothing to do with the treadmill.  When I first started running, I worked out on the elliptical for 20-30 minutes before moving to the treadmill.  Being warmed up was key, especially for my asthma.

In August 2006, I was running 2-5 minutes at a time and then walking for 2-5 minutes.  By March 2007, I was running 40-50 minutes straight.  It took some time, but each run I increased the amount of time I was running and started to decrease the amount of time I was walking.  I got into a zone and trained my body to run.  I was a runner!

Over the past 2 years I have run a 5 miler, a 10K, a 15K, and a half marathon.  I have trained a lot and now secretly love running!  Running is still a struggle for me, as I don’t have proper form and I still battle asthma, but the way I feel after a run is well worth it!

A few weeks ago, Neal and I ran a 15K race which we spent 3 months training for.  Since then, we’ve run here and there but man oh man am I ready to get back to training.  Unfortunately I don’t run for pleasure.  I run to workout.  I run to burn calories.  I run to compete in races.  And I run to fuel my competitive nature.

So now that our 15K training is complete, what’s next??  Well, here’s what I’m eyeballing…

New Years Day 5K – January 1, 2012

Frozen 5K – January 8, 2012

Virginia is For Lovers 14K – February 11, 2012

Run the Love You’re With 5K – February 13, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day 8K – March 11, 2012

Charlottesville 10 Miler – March 31, 2012

Parkway Classic 10 Miler  – April 22, 2012

What’s your experience with running?  Do you like to run?  If you do, what keeps you going?

Today’s Meal Plan (Weight Watchers Weigh In Tonight, Eek)

Breakfast – Frozen peas and corn, sautéed spinach, turkey bacon, egg whites, 2 slices of bread (8PP)

Lunch – Tomato Basil Soup (4PP)

Snacks – Clementines, hummus, carrots, square of cabot cheese (4PP)

Dinner – Mystery Menu (something at home– I’m thinking sautéed spinach and garlic with pasta)

Today’s Workout Plan (#20daychallenge)

3 mile run — DONE!  Ran 2.96 miles in 34:46 @ 5:45AM