I wouldn’t call myself a runner but I’ve enjoyed running at many times during my life. My running fitness has come and gone many many times over the years.
I remember back at high school sports days. I entered everything. I was running, throwing and jumping. I loved doing it all. I entered the sprints and the long distance events. I absolutely knew there was nothing streamline or aerodynamic about this body but I still did it. I was never a first-placer but I think I was a solid performer.
Then one year, I sprained my ankle doing high-jump. High-jump! I am 157cm tall. What business did I have doing high-jump at all?!
I grew up in a house across the road from my high school. The next day I sat at the window of our second-storey and watched the long-distance running events. I was devastated. The long-distance events were my favourites. I didn’t join in just to make up numbers. And I gave it up for dumb high-jump. (I’m still bitter). This was one of the key moments where I realised that running was ‘my thing’.
So, I’ve been an intermittent runner. I’ve never trained regularly but I might have trained (and I use the term loosely) for specific events. My longest distance has been 10km. I have one major problem when it comes to running. I’m not consistent. I go out too hard too soon when I’m trying to get my running fitness back so it’s a short-lived effort. I usually find myself injured and not running again. I do it over and over again and never seem to learn my lesson.
The most recent time was after I had my baby nine months ago. I was due to compete in a triathlon when she was 4.5 months old so I had to start running.
The first run felt great…60 second run, 60 second walk. Oh I loved running again. I think I may have done one more session like that…felt really great again so i stepped it up. The next session was 5 minute run, 1 minute walk. Uh oh. Tore my left calf muscle.
So I promised myself this time would be different. I’m going to take it easy and listen to my body. After all, as part of this overhaul I need to get disciplined around the things that make my life better and also the things I like to do.
I like to run – so I need to ensure that I get to a place that is sustainable to manage on a consistent basis.
I’m halfway through Week Two on Couch-to-5k (C25K) and loving it. It’s an eight week running program designed to get non-runners up to running 5km (or 30mins non-stop).
I’m forcing myself to stick with the program no matter how good I’m feeling. I know in eight short weeks, I’ll be back to running at least 5km. It’s a short time in the scheme of things. It sorta feels nice not to be under pressure with this.
I’ve always felt like I’m achieving something with running. It’s not easy (especially with a short body built for comfort) but I grin like a cheshire cat while I’m doing it because it amazes me what this body can achieve.
What’s your ‘thing’? And tell me honestly…what were you like at school sports days?