Jun 15, 2010

Running for three minutes gives me blisters

So I've been running consistently for three weeks now and I'm happy to say I've seen improvements. For instance, I used to think running for 60 seconds would end me, but now I'm happy to report that I know it takes a full three minutes.

I never realized how much running is a mental game! So far I've had a great partner (who for the time shall remain nameless), but while they've definitely helped keep me motivated, I've realized it's all about just pushing through and not stopping. There have been plenty of times where I could have easily said "forget this," and walked the rest of the way, but I.kept.going.

Honestly? I'm not sure where that came from. Maybe because I know it's only a finite amount of time until I'm finished with whatever sequence I'm doing, but I have a tendency to not push myself when things get rough. So far, that hasn't been the case with running.

I'm running three minutes at a time now. I think of Lisa and Amber training for a marathon - they're running minimum ten miles a week, and I'm having a hard time with three minutes? However, I also know they would be the first to tell me that you have to start somewhere and to not give up. And considering where I started, I've definitely improved! I used to think I was going to be done after a minute of jogging and now I'm up to three minutes of running. Granted, it's still a little rough, but I'm doing it.

So, in celebration of not giving up, here are some fun changes I've noticed on my running journey so far. (Get it? Journey? I'm really tired).

*This will make my mother happy beyond belief (more to that story later), but hydration is key. I can tell now thirty seconds or less into a run whether or not I've had enough water. My shins and calves tell me. I've learned the difference between muscles being tight and muscles that are cramping because of dehydration.

*Physically, my body is responding well. Sure, I sometimes have to ice my knee after I run, but I took two days off in between running last week (instead of one) and my body felt sluggish. After I ran, complete transformation.

*Mentally (right now my biggest challenge), I don't hate it. This may not seem like an improvement, but this is HUGE for me. The first week and a half I was counting the seconds until I was finished. I don't think I'm enjoying it yet, but eventually I might get there.

*I'm trying to push myself to run a little faster (instead of jogging), but overall my recovery time has become a little less crazy. Instead of sounding like I'm having an asthma attack for 90 seconds, now it's only 60. (It sounds like I'm being sarcastic but I'm not - and I'm actually excited about this because it means I'm slowly building up my endurance).

That's all I've got for now - I might make these tidbits into a monthly post, we'll see!

What about you readers? If you're a runner what's a change you noticed in yourself? If you're not a runner, have you ever had that "don't give up" attitude come out of nowhere like I did?


Anonymous said...

You know what, I think you are very smart to start with three minutes at a time! I used to HATEEE running, with an immense passion. But I started doing it just like you and it was def. baby steps but now I can do 5 or 6 miles no problem... It is a growing process and one that really makes you access and know your own body. Good luck!


Hannah Katy

Alison Kinsey said...

Wow I'm so happy for you Becky! It's so true that you have to start somewhere. I have a friend who was never a runner, but she worked her way up to it and can now run for at least 30 minutes at a time. You'll get there too!

Gracie said...

Yay, you're drinking the kool-aid now, lol! Welcome to the club of crazy running peeople :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yea for you! You are so right - you have to start somewhere. Trust me, I was barely able to run 1/2 a mile when I started running back in 2005. But I kept at it, and would make myself run a little bit further each run. The endurance will come with time. It's totally a mind over matter thing - even now! I still do things like tell myself things like - 'get to mile 6 and you get a gatorade break'. Or I treat myself to a new CD when my running music gets old.

Oh and last year when i was getting back into running after a very long absense, I would be breathing so loud and I'd meet runners on the running path that were booking it and didn't sound like they were breathing very hard. It didn't take me long to get to the point where you don't actually hear me breath very loudly when i run. It just takes time to develop that aerobic fitness level. But we've all been in your shoes!

So proud of you! :)

Lucy The Valiant said...

Three minutes sounds like a long time to run! To me, three seconds sounds like a long time!!You are awesome!

Diana Mieczan said...

My Balazs is running for the last few years abour 3 times a weekend and he loves it...Its all about motivation for him....I do swimming and as much as I love doing it in summer I hate it in winter so I always make sure to have a little treat afterwords...to motivate me:)
Kisses sweetie and good job!!! You can do it girl:) I believe in you:)

Emily Lockley said...

AWESOME AWESOME! It starts small for everyone. ALSO, if you're finding yourself bored, run OUTSIDE with great MUSIC! It makes a tremendous difference. It was excruciating to me at first, and I was convinced I had 'bad knees' and a 'bad heart' and 'terrible endurance,' but all of that went away and I now run a nightly 5k without a glitch :)

If you need another boost, I can come on down to your 'hood any weekend and go on a jog :)

HC said...

Yeah...I don't run. I always make big plans, but something always comes up! Running always sounds so peaceful and nice...I love listening to people talk about running who have a pasion for it. Good luck on your journey :) And, for the record, I wish I could run for 3 minutes!!

Amber said...

This post will show you how far I've come: http://girlwiththeredhair.com/2009/01/21-minutes/

I ALWAYS go back to this post and remember how far I've come when I have a crappy run.

Keep going, you'll get there too! So proud of you!

Also, about the blisters? Get some dry-fit socks. I have Nike ones and they are ALL I wear when running. They work great!

Kyla Roma said...

You and I need to form a support group!! lol I'm completely with you, running is a mental game that I have no idea how to win.

I'm blogging about this tomorrow too, so no matter what, at least we're in this together :)

Nora said...

So glad you're running and loving it! I just got clearance to start running again and I couldn't be more excited =) Listen to your body and enjoy! It will be a great ride.

(Side note: I get to meet you in July!? I'm beyond excited!)

Shaina said...

I can definitely understand where you are coming from - I am not an athlete, at all. I have trouble sticking with ANYTHING. Yet I am training for a 1/2 marathon! It's a really big deal. Some days, it's SO hard to train because I just don't want to. Running is like ... 80% mental, 20% physical. I swear. If i think I can't do it, then I can't do it. But if I think I can ... I can! It's been a huge hurdle for me to remind myself that I CAN DO THIS and I have to remind myself every single run. And some days, when it just doesn't feel right? I skip it. And it's okay. :)

Shaina said...

Oh, and I forgot to add - you're doing GREAT! I think that running is effing HARD. End of story. So whatever you do? It's spectacular. Don't forget that!

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