Saturday, May 18, 2013

I did it, and I'm still here to tell about it...

I FINALLY ran outside!!  I've been talking about it for almost a month, but didn't actually do it until today.  I know I should have been doing it for a while now, to get used to it, since the 5K is clearly outside!

My excuse has been that I needed to get running shoes, but you know I did that Wednesday.  Then Thursday, I tried my new shoes out at the gym, and found out they are magical!  So, I took the plunge today and went for a run.  (I skipped the gym yesterday, but still got in lots of aerobic activity.  The fun kind ;-)  Oops, sorry, I know, TMI!)  Well, it was more of a walk/run, but still.  Truthfully, I'm pretty damn proud of myself.  I ended up going literally twice as far as I had intended, and I feel great!

I was only going to walk/run to my parents' house, which is 2 1/2 miles from my house.  I ended up going from there to my Bestest Friend's house, cuz I figured she'd drive me home.  She didn't answer her door!! (Turns out she was in the shower)  So, I had to walk/run home.

As soon as I got home, I jumped in the car, reset my trip odometer, and drove the route I just finished.  It was 5.1 miles!  Woo hoo!!  Again, I didn't run the whole thing, but I ran half of it.  Since that is the first time I've run in 13 years, I'm pretty excited.

I switched back and forth between power walking and jogging.  I used the street lights as my guide.  I walked from one to the next, than would jog to the next, and so on.  About 2/3 of the way to my parents' house, I was starting to wheeze, so I shot Magnum a text asking him to drop my asthma inhaler off at my parents'.  He passed me in the car and beeped when I was about 2 blocks from their house.  He's so cute.  He waited outside their house for me, cheering me on. =)

I had originally thought I would just have my dad drive me back home, but I didn't anticipate feeling as good as I did.  I didn't think I could go all the way back home, but I figured I could go the half-mile to Bestest Friend's house, and SHE could drive me home.  Plus, then it would be almost the exact distance as a 5K.  Well, like I said, she didn't answer her door!  So, I walk/ran home.

The whole trip took me about an hour and 10 minutes.  Not so bad.  I do the elliptical for 65 minutes every day, so this was pretty good.  About half-way home from Bestest Friend's house, my left quad started talking to me, but I think that had more to do with the 7.15 miles on the elliptical Thursday.  And, my left knee started to get "pinchy," so I hope it doesn't kill me later tonight.

So, there you go!!  I survived my first run!  I actually felt like a million bucks when I got home, and was tempted to go back out, but then I smacked myself in the head, and reminded my big butt that this was the FIRST day, and I would probably end up hurting myself if I pushed too hard.  I have 2 weeks before this 5K, so I'm going to just have to get in a run every day til then.  I'm actually a little excited about it.  Who the HELL would believe that I would EVER be excited about running!?!  (M, I know you're so proud!  I thought of you the whole time!)

Maybe I should track my running mileage, huh?  Ok, well for today, I'm giving myself 2.5 miles!  Yay!

Oh, and M, here are my cute new shoes.  They're Asics.

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  1. You're making me feel guilty with all the exercise!

  2. Bravo! Well done! Just be careful; all that high-impact business is best left to the 20-somethings, or so I'm told... Works for me, anyway. Take care of yourself...

  3. Congratulations! I'm doing a 5K walk tomorrow wish me luck. I may try running by the end of summer. On a side note. If you have an IPhone or Smart Phone you take with you. On my IPhone I downloaded a Free Pedometer application. Just a thought. Congratulations again!

  4. YOU ROCK! And so do your Asics!
    I didn't know you had planned to run....even more reason to be proud!! Wait until the will be pumped and get an awesome time!

    Tomorrow I run, swim and bike! Wrong order but it will be a mini tri none-the-less!
    GO GIRL!!

  5. I am really proud of you!
    I am sitting on my butt eating a chicken sandwich with fries so you're a big hero to me.
    Love the new kicks!

  6. You rock, girl! I'm so proud of you and I always knew you could do it. Now if I could get back on the wagon!

  7. You are freaking awesome!!!! You know I don't run unless someone is chasing me with a knife.....and you did it with no threats at all!!!!! I can't imagine how great you feel; and you should!

  8. Congratulations LISA!!! Look at you running! I was never a 'runner', just not built for it but have always admired those who can and do! And look at those Asics! I have Asics as well for walking and love them!
    Good job and keep running kiddo!

  9. I am so so proud of you!!!! You really are on fire! Ok not really and if you were, don't run, its stop drop and roll.

  10. Really proud of you! I am trying to make some REAL changes for better health (I've had 'creeping weight gain' for the past few years and now avoid mirrors and cameras!)... so this is really inspiring to me - keep up the good work!!