Okay guys, I promised myself, I promised you, I promised my husband, but most important I promised my daughter, I would start running. But seriously, running stinks. I’ve made a little progress. Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Step 1: Sneakers
I pulled out my sneakers. They still fit which is good because I really don’t want to go buy a new pair. But maybe that doesn’t count since I pulled them out to take a pic for the last blog post. hmmm, oh well.
Step 2: Gear
The timing of this was perfect. My sister gave me a big fat gift certificate to GAP/Banana Republic/Piperlime/Athleta/OldNavy. I looked on all the sites and wanted to get the best bang for my buck so I bought some workout gear from Old Navy. They were having an after christmas sale. So with my gift certificate I was able to get two pairs of workout pants and a workout top I will be able to wear throughout the winter. Oh did I mention, it is damn cold here.
Step 3: Map My Run
I went online to MapMyRun.com to create a 1 mile, 1.5 mile, and a 3.1 mile loop. Then I showed my daughter the loops. She agreed they were not that bad. However, I might feel differently when I am actually trying to run them.
When I told a friend I had mapped my run she asked details that made it clear to me she thought I had actually run one of these loops. I laughed and said, “Oh I haven’t run yet, I just mapped the run.”
Step 4: Get outside
We have sort of a big goofy dog as seen above. She’s always happy to go for another walk. So, I decided to take the dog on a walk following the 1 mile loop. That was a good start especially since it was freezing out.
The next day I took her for what I hoped would be a run. That adventure was not nearly as successful. I knew the dog would not be a good running partner but she was a good excuse to get outside. That turned into more of a run/walk/sniff/stop/bark at other dogs/walk/sniff/run/walk. This was not what I had in mind. But at least I got outside.
That’s all I’ve done so far. I’ll let you know how the next round goes. Keep your fingers crossed I don’t take a header. After all, I’m not the most graceful creature.
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