Monday, October 22, 2007

See Mary run. Don't blink!

I actually ran last night. Well, jogged. In the dark, where no one could see me, so you'll have to take my word for it, but yes, I jogged and I live to tell the tale.

I'm following Theresa's advice (which is based on advice in the Beginning Runner's Handbook) and doing 4 minutes of brisk walking alternated with 1 minute steady jogging. It didn't seem as if I were doing enough. I kept thinking I should stop playing it cautious and just go do my imitation of a sprinter. Somewhere in the back of my mind is the idea that if I run faster I will get it over with sooner. (The back of my mind is not a place to go if you're looking for logic.)

Safety disclaimer: The park where I jog has lights, so it wasn't actually in the dark as such, and it's a quiet nothing-ever-happens-here place surrounded by townhouses and apartments. In other words, I feel safe jogging there in the evening. If it ever starts to feel iffy, my neighbors would gladly loan me their dog for the jaunt.

8 comments:

Christina said...

Congrats on the first run! Any other sage advice about running from yourself or Theresa or other that I can snatch up for myself?

Mary said...

Me? I know nothing, noth-ing. :)
All I know is what I read in books. I like the advice in the Beginning Runner's Handbook about starting slow and letting the joints/tendons/yada build up strength.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Yay, Mary!

Moanna said...

The back of my mind is not a place to go if you're looking for logic. Made me laugh.

This week is week three (get moving) at Weight Watchers for me so I might try the walk/run scenario you describe. Only I might have to omit the running part...

Congrats on your progress. And thanks for visiting me.

Theresa said...

Why would anyone want to run from Mary or me? Really, we're nice. And probably not that hard to get away from either. :+)

Go Mary! When I started running (this was before I stopped running, not that I ever work up to running for more than 20 minutes), I made list on the computer of each run in the schedule, with a box beside each one. The list went up on my refrigerator. Every time I finished a run, I gave myself a sparkly, colorful star.

Yes, I do have the mentality of a kindergardner, why to do you ask?

Mary said...

Thanks, Katharine! I just hope this exercise shows some results on the scale. You're leaving us all behind!

Moana, I think the Beginning Runner's Handbook has a schedule for people who want to work up to the jogging slowly. I like the idea of just jogging for 30 seconds or a minute then walking for five minutes, but they also mentioned something about walking briskly for one minute then walking at a good pace for a few minutes, something like that anyway.

Theresa, you've got a good point. Why would someone want to run away from us? Hmph. :(

Christina said...

Har, ladies. :) Even though I don't need to, let me clarify--is there any information you two possess about running of which I may partake?

I took the plunge and started Weight Watchers today. This should be interesting. Just found out that a Kit Kat bar is worth 5 points. Won't be having many of those anymore...

Theresa said...

Well, when I decided I was going to start running for stress and anxiety management, I checked out several books on running from the library.

The Beginning Runner's Handbook was the one I liked the most. It seemed the most sensible, with good advice for starting, and I felt that the plan they laid out was something I could follow.

I did end up modifying their running plan somewhat, to work myself up to running a 5K race rather than a 10K. I never actually RAN a 5K, but I did stick with it until I could run for 20-25 minutes, something I never thought I'd be able to do.