Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I Was Run-Ning

I've had this weird thing in my head for a while now. Some might call it a thought, some might call it a goal, I just call it craziness. But the craziness is telling me I want to be a runner. I know, right? If you've seen me, and most of you have, I don't look like a runner. There's a lot of jiggling going on just walking, so running just seems insane.

But still, every time I see a runner on the road, I examine the form they keep, the shirt they're wearing, and I always wonder what they're listening to on the iPod.

So yesterday was such a nice day, I decided it was time to take that first step. I donned my walking shoes, my golfing socks, my yoga shorts, my nylon hoodie, and Sean's giant iPod and headed out. I know, how could I not go wrong with the appropriate attire involved?

So I ran. And I kept running! And I didn't die! I actually enjoyed it. I'm a little sore this morning, nothing more than expected, and I feel pretty good.

I've been inspired by so many of my bloggy friends that run. Some are beginners, some are experienced racers, and most are in between. But what I get from each of them is that the trick to running is there is no trick. You just have to run. Even when you don't feel like it.

Maybe I can keep it up for a while and get the most of the beautiful Spring weather. Maybe one day I'll run a marathon. Or maybe I'll give up and just go back to wanting to be a runner. Either way, yesterday was a good day to go running.


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12 comments:

Shannon Watson said...

Right on, girl!! :)

When I started running again (I was never much of one, but I took an, um, extended break from college through 2008, ha), I read a book that you might really like: No Need for Speed by John Bingham. (They might have it at your library; that's where I got it.) It gives some great advice - and says what you just did: running is for anyone who can put one foot in front of the other. :D

Shannon Watson said...

ha - one more:
http://www.google.com/search?q=couch+to+5k&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Not that I'm saying you have to be aiming for a 5K, but I've heard of a lot of people using these formats to get started, to make sure they are not overdoing it and training safely, and they really enjoyed it. :D

hanner said...

that is awesome. i love running. i hate starting after a long break but it makes me feel good. i wish you well on your journey. also, thanks for the forrest gump quote.

Jill Johnson said...

Its all about your pace. Everyone has a pace they could run at forever. All you have to do is find it and increase it evertime you feel strong. Running is fun!

Sara said...

OH, I was so excited to read this post. I always hope other women can find the enjoyment in running that I have over the last year. I started not long after my mom died and it has been, hands down, the best therapy. I always feel better after a run. My biggest tip...hang in there. The first couple miles are the worst. Even after 2 marathons, I don't feel good until mile 3! Let me know when you sign up for a marathon...I'll meet you there!

Tami Allred said...

I'm a wannabe runner, no I'm really more of a chearleader in my family. Everyone runs but me. My hub still hasn't given up on me, even after 26 years. So you go girl. That is awesome. Enjoy yourself.

grannybabs said...

I'm no runner either, but I'm way impressed by people who are!!

Way to go!

Kelley Rae said...

I used to really enjoy running - but my knees just won't have it anymore. Man, that makes me sound old. Keep it up - it's a good stress outlet too, not that you have any of that right now ;)

Tina said...

Okay, who hacked your blog? Who are you and what have you done with our Keli?

All joking aside - GOOD FOR YOU! I hate running, especially outside but I am always pregnant anyway, so it doesn't matter:o) It's nice to hear the sun is shining and you can take advantage of it - keep it up!

Tina said...

ps - thanks for bringing out the Forrest voice, because you know everyone who reads the title has to! miss you guys!

Hannahtess said...

You should come downtown and run the 5K with Maddy and I in April! This particular 5K is part of the Salt Lake Marathon. Starts in Liberty Park and ends at the Gateway.

Nurse Heidi said...

You go girl!!! Running is my therapy :). I started out timidly after Elizabeth died, and look at where I am today...you can do it!