Running, Why I Hated It Before and Now I May Hate It Less!
February 15, 2013
February 15, 2013
My Mindset About Running in the Beginning
When one of my fellow coaches, challenged me to run a 10k or a half marathon, I was like “Ummmm, maybe one day.”, but apparently my wife had a secret desire to run, and you know what happens when you’re wife suddenly has an interest in something, it quickly becomes your interest.
Now don’t get me wrong, we have run in the past before and enjoyed it, but knew little to nothing about it. We have friends who run all the time and talk about all the cool clothes and shoes and blah, blah….blah. Well, that world just became my world. It’s not quite the “hell on earth” I thought it would be. It’s actually been a lot of fun, mainly because we are doing it together (Alisha and I). So about 2 weeks ago, the journey began.
First things first, we were told we had to get “fitted” for shoes. Now in the past, over the many years of working out, I’ve always just run in my workout shoes, as I’m sure a lot of you have, and thought it was fine. Apparently, that’s not true. You have to have “running” shoes and you have to be fitted and they have to feel like you have nothing on your feet. I was skeptical of all of this and thought it was all hype, but it wasn’t.
We went to a local run shop here in town and got fitted and it was actually really cool. They actually watch you run and look at your stride, how you land and from that know which type of shoe you need. Then you try on about 3 different brands of that “type” of shoe, just so you know when I say “type”, I mean whether you need a lot of arch support or if you run flat footed etc. Those are all the things they see when they watch you run. We tried on several different types of shoes and I was amazed at how different they each felt! The lady told me that it should feel like I have NOTHING on my feet, and she was right, we both ended up with a pair of Brooks running shoes that are awesome. They weren’t quite as flashy as my Reebok Transitions but I accepted it and moved on.
So before we did the Beachbody Ultimate Reset in January, we knew we were going to start training after the Reset was over, so we wanted to see how well we ran and what times we ran before the Reset, then see how we would improve after the Reset.
It was a very cold January afternoon and we took off. I remembered in the past when we had run some, that I was decent at it and I could hang with decent competition. This particular day was a rude awakening, not in the sense that I couldn’t do it, but in the sense that the first mile, felt like FOREVER. I forgot how bad that first mile sucked, but once you got through the first mile, your body seemed to get into a groove. I ended up running about a 9 minute mile which is nothing special but I felt decent about it.
Running After the Reset
After the Reset, we ran again and my mile time dropped from 9:00 to 8:42, which I was thrilled with. Over the last 2 weeks, we’ve continually improved.
We are following a running schedule that Alisha got off one the “runners” websites, where we run on Tuesdays and Thursdays (2 mile runs) and then on Sundays we have our longer runs, I think they’re 4 or 5 mile runs since we’re only training for a 10K. The original plan was a half marathon, but after the first run, we decided to ease into it with a 10k.
Alisha made a good observation the other night, after 2 weeks, that first mile doesn’t seem to hurt or suck as bad as it used to. It’s no big deal at all really, so that’s improvement that I’ll take for sure. The only thing that sucks right now is the cold weather.
I believe as we move forward the next couple of weeks, we’re going to try and run with some groups and start doing some “hill work” and “sprints”, God only knows what that means, but I’m down for the challenge! I’ll keep you guys posted on how we do.
We are continuing to do our Beachbody workouts on top of running so we can still get our resistance training in as well. Speaking of that, if there is anyone out there who is a runner and is interested in a cross training schedule using a program like P90X, Insanity, etc, along with your run training, let us know and we will hook you up.
I’m going to do a time lapse of of some of our runs, thought it might be cool, so I’ll post that one day when we shoot it.
Until next time…..peace out!