“Ooo, Owww, Ohh, Ouch!” – Getting Started, Day 0-1

12 Feb

I started this blog about a week after I started running. So let’s go back and recap the first couple days of my running. My very first day, I like to refer to it as Day 0, I didn’t even know that I was going to begin running and I definitely did not run one mile. Gasp! I know… I was laying in bed one morning, it was 4:30am (my man had already left as the military life is one that starts early) and I couldn’t fall back asleep. As I lay there staring at the ceiling wondering, “How am I ever going to fit in wedding dress?” it dawned on me that I was wasting my time just laying there. Since I couldn’t sleep I might as well workout and my current workout wasn’t working for me.

I struggled out of bed into the cool of the dark (ps I hate the dark), put on some workout gear and ended up in the living room. I sat on the couch lacing up my Nike Frees (which I had bought as a fashion statement and because I was jealous of my man’s when he had bought his a couple months before) wondering what I could do since even the amazing P90X wasn’t working me this time. P90x had been my lifesaver in the past helping me get out of the overweight zone and lose 35lbs to get to my healthier and thinner pre-college weight, but this time I had only lost 5 lbs and was stuck. So I sat that wondering- maybe Insanity? maybe that Brazilian guy’s butt lifting workout? I thought about it seriously and realized I didn’t have time to order anything and have it delivered all before I needed to get ready for work. Then it dawned on me, I’m wearing running shoes so I might as well run, right? I didn’t need to buy anything or wait for anything; I could start right away. So I did.

I started to slip out the sliding glass door into the dark in those early morning hours when I heard a noise- a bird, a cat, a fish splashing, a scary monster… Who knows?… I was back inside with that door shut so fast I could have skinned a cat. I didn’t want to let my fears get the best of me so I busted out some headphones. I figured if I couldn’t hear the noises outside, I wouldn’t be scared. I cranked up Pandora’s Workout Station and hit the ground running.

Well not exactly… I hadn’t run in years – maybe even a full decade so i started off slow. I walked for an entire song before realizing I wasn’t running if I walked the whole time- so I ran for the next song. Winded and out of breath I definitely needed to walk again. And this is how I spent my first day, Day 0,  of “running” – walking, light jogging, walking, light jogging… I think you get the point.

Day 1 turned out to be a little bit more eventful. Day 0 was hard, but I made it. During my Day 0 activities, I noticed that lo and behold my running path had markers: Start, .25 mile, .5 mile, and .75 mile. So for my second run, I decided that I was going to use these markers; I was going to run one mile! And I did. I was dogging it the entire way. My feet felt heavy and were dragging; at some points, I thought I could actually walk faster then I was running. However, I had set my mind to it and I was determined to make it no matter how long it took.

Being the math geek that I am, I of course wanted to track my overall time and my quarter-mile times so I busted out the timer on my iPhone and made sure to hit the lap button every quarter mile. I ran my heart out and holy crap! My first one mile run was 11min and 25 seconds. That is absolutely pitiful. I used to be a ballerina, I used to be a cheerleader, I used to be a softball player and this is it?? It’s not like I don’t work out now. I did P90x like it was my job and I can kill it on an elliptical machine. I knew my time would be high, I was expecting 10 minutes- NOT eleven and a half.  You know most people can walk a mile in 15 minutes right? When I saw that time the perfectionist and overachiever in me took over and the OneMileRunner was born. I decided to run one mile everyday until I got a decent time- well a time that I think is decent; and it doesn’t help when your man runs 5 miles on a regular basis and can run one mile in 6 minutes.

This is a journey. It’s my journey and there are multiple aspects. I started running to get in shape for my wedding. Now I am running for my health and for my pride. I am going to do something I never thought I could do because I told myself I couldn’t. I hope this blog inspires you to do something you thought you couldn’t do, too!


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