What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.
~Billy Crystal (Brainy Quotes)
Anyone else remember the day time reality show Starting Over? I loved that show. Being a perpetual beginner, starting over is something I’m used to. And it’s time for another go around! I’m running again.
It’s been a couple of weeks, & I’ve been doing an hour of walk/run intervals. I based my plan on different 5K programs I’ve seen/tried. I did three days the first week, but last week I only made it out one day. It was a very up & down week. Monday & Tuesday I was so busy doing other stuff I never got around to it. Then Wednesday came. It was like the other two days had sucked all the good out of the rest of the week & left me hanging. I barely got out of bed Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. Saturday I drug myself out though. I was feeling a little better, & did not want to let the week get away from me without going out at least one day. Sunday was okay, & I spent a good bit of time researching form. Yep, you’re going to see some of what I found this week.
It’s been stops & starts the last year trying to get back into a regular routine. This time feels really good though. I’m excited about running the way I used to be. I’m back to being as slow as I was when I first started running, but part of it, beyond just I’m really slow, is I’ve slowed down trying to get my form right. At some point my form became very jarring. I noticed the first day I went out this time my back hurt, so I decided I needed to slow it down & focus on better form; better posture & less jarring. My form is becoming more automatic & I was faster Saturday, so yay! I feel strong too. I think that’s my favorite part of running, feeling strong. I’ve also been working on my stretching routine.
I wrote about how I got started running for Salty Running a couple of years ago, On Being a Fat Happy Runner. Anyone who thought they could never be runner but wants to try, might find a few good bits in it, especially other plus size women trying to get started.