Let’s talk about running. I used to be a runner. Not a fast runner, not a competitive runner, just a runner. After a stressful day at work, or on a lovely Saturday morning, or a Sunday afternoon where I’d been feeling too sluggish, a good 4 mile run would put me in a happy, relaxed state. I’d hop on that treadmill or hit the sidewalks, and lose myself in my playlist and the feeling of my feet hitting the ground. When I finished my run, I felt great. Exhausted, sweaty, exhilirated. Runner’s high.
Well, 6 1/2 months into motherhood, I’m finally getting back there. I get a little mini runner’s high now. I’m only running 8-10 miles a week, but I can actually feel my body getting stronger now. I look forward to running! It feels right when I run again, not like brutal punishment from the start!
Months ago, a friend and I decided to run a 10K together in early June. It’s a tough race. I know – I ran it in 2008 – my first and only 10K to date! I finished in 1:05:11, a time I’m still really happy with. What do I remember from the race? Nerves at the beginning. Stopping for a bathroom break in one of the port-a-potties. (Ew.) Facing a hill that looked like a roller coaster. And then another one. Maybe another really big one? They blur together. Running through the finish line with strangers all around cheering. The medal they gave me – a participation medal never meant so much! My body, tired and a bit sore already; my mind, tired but elated: I finished!
Flash forward to 2012. We decided to do the run, I thought about training but didn’t, for a couple months. Then I found a training plan, which I will commend with helping me start a regular workout schedule (Ahem. Finally. What was I waiting for?). Then I ditched the training plan. Enough with the cross-training! I just need to get back into good running condition! I didn’t cross train back in my salad days. I’d run, then I’d lift weights and stretch, and it was good. So I’m doing that again. I’ll use the training plan as a guide for how many miles I should be aiming for each week, but that’s it. I’m a renegade. Wish me luck.
My goal for the race? Finish in 1:05:11 or less. I’ve got a long ways to go!
My new running playlist…
Note: New is a relative term, meaning newly created. Some of the songs are embarrasingly old.
Cascada Everytime We Touch (Radio Mix) 3:20
Maroon 5 Harder to Breathe 2:54
Akon Right Now (Na Na Na) 4:01
Ok Go Here It Goes Again 3:00
Cascada What Hurts the Most (Radio Mix U.S.) 3:42
Rihanna We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) 3:36
Natasha Bedingfield Pocketful of Sunshine 3:23
Shinedown 45 4:14
Cascada Miracle 3:39
Shinedown All I Ever Wanted 4:10
Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger 3:21
Rihanna Only Girl (In the World) 3:55
Cascada Bad Boy 3:12
Shinedown Simple Man 5:22
Akon Beautiful 5:13
Lady GaGa Just Dance 4:02
Shinedown Save Me 3:34
Cascada Ready for Love 3:23
Shinedown Lady So Divine 7:10
Blue October Should Be Loved 4:02
Lessons have already been learned, in the last couple months. First lesson: It’s easier if you never stop running. Duh. That’s my plan for the next time around.