Happy Saturday, everyone!!
Today I thought that I would talk about running. As I’ve mentioned before, Brandon and I are currently training for a 10k in September and a half-marathon in November.
Neither one of us have ever really been “runners.” It definitely comes more naturally to Brandon, but he typically prefers lifting weights over cardio. And I always hated running. I would run for 2 minutes (sometimes less) and then have to stop.
Then for some reason (I blame temporary insanity), back in April, I suggested that we sign up to run a 10k together. I thought it would be a good “bonding” experience (of course, we could have bonded over a pot of chocolate fondue, but again… temporary insanity).
After we signed up for the 10k, I started training. But initially, I didn’t really know what I was doing. After only a couple of weeks of running, I ended up running for 6 miles straight. I felt great on that particular day, so I just kept on going.
That “runner’s high” didn’t last too long. I ended up hurting my knees and having to take a couple of weeks off. In the meantime, I started reading A LOT of articles on running. And that’s when I discovered the importance of slowly building up mileage.
Since then, I’ve been more careful and although I’ve experienced some aches and pains, I haven’t had to take more than a couple of days off.
And I’m proud to say that we ran our first 5k in June, and it was a great experience!
So here are just a few articles that I have found to be helpful. I hope they are helpful to some of you as well.
Perfect Timing (when to train, eat, stretch, and do everything to run your best.)
Half Marathon Training Schedule (If you submit your email address, they will email you each week with your schedule for that week.)
Half Marathon Training with Jeff Galloway (He encourages a run/walk method. His big thing is running “injury free,” which is always good in my book!)
Walk Breaks (Galloway’s explanation on the benefits of walk breaks)
I also have to say that although I am really enjoying running, I still question my sanity sometimes. I don’t know if my body is meant to run. It seems like it’s harder for me than other people. I read a lot of blogs, and many of these women are running 8 minute miles (and calling it a “bad day”), while I’m running between 10-11 minute miles and finding that challenging.
And I always feel like something is hurting. My knees, my shins, my feet, my thighs… is it just me?! I know that I overpronate pretty badly. I’ve tried to buy the shoes to help fix this problem, and I constantly try to work on my form. But it is possible that running just isn’t meant for me?
I have no idea where I found this article, but I think it’s a little more controversial than most: No Business Running
She talks about how some people have no business running, because it’s an advanced exercise. She says that most people need to get in shape before running, rather than running to get in shape.
I had already been working out before I started running, so I’m not really saying that that part of article applies to me, but I do think it’s interesting…
She also quotes another guy in part of the article, saying: “To quote Mike Boyle, ‘Women who run successfully for long periods of time were made to run. They look just like men runners. Good female runners generally don’t look like plus-size models. It’s not a question of cause and effect; it’s a question of natural selection. You can’t run to get that cute little runner’s body. It’s actually reversed. You have to have that cute little runner’s body to survive running.’”
I don’t know if I agree with this statement. I’ve seen plenty of people who may weigh more than me on a scale, but they are kicking some major booty running! On the flip side, some may say that I have a “runner’s body”, because I naturally have muscular legs, but I’m the one in the back struggling to keep up!
So that’s my question for ya…
Do you think that some people are more “made” for running than others?
Any other thoughts/opinions on the articles or what I said?