Back in 2003 I decided I wanted to be a runner. I wanted a runner’s body. I wanted to tell people I was a runner. I wanted to tie on some kicks and just go. I wanted a dog to run with. It made sense to me…rescue a dog from the humane society and hit the slopes. I was in college people, don’t judge! Or go ahead and judge…we ALL have different reasons for wanting to run. Running clears my thoughts, gets me outside, and burns a lot of calories.
SO, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought the 13 Week Walk/Run program. If YOU are like normal people, like me, when you try to run, you begin with LOFTY ambitions and begin sprinting upon reaching the pavement. And pretty soon – as in 20 seconds – you begin having breathing problems, your arms begin to swing WILDLY about and your brain begins thinking about how your wide bum is probably jiggling wildly. It’s been 45 seconds now and your lungs are SCREAMING. You’ve gone halfway around the block, MAYBE, and you are annoyed that you chose THIS as your workout today and you’ve basically thrown it away. And you once again realize that you DO hate running and you hate skinny girls because not only do they run, but they appear to enjoy doing it. And you hate that for SOME REASON you weren’t built to run. Not true. I must confess; I used to think this way. But I bought the book and just began. This is our view from our front porch.
At the end of 13 weeks you are literally running for an hour, straight. No walking. It’s awesome. You begin walking more than jogging. For example, Week 1 Session 1: Run 1 Minute Walk 2 Minutes – 12 Times for a total of 36 minutes.
If we plan it right we can get up early enough that Gooner takes a snooze, allowing us the time for a long run. And if you follow the program you will have long runs to. Oh, and nobody is paying me to write this stuff, it’s just a way to safely become a “runner.”
So, the Merry-Thon is a December goal of running 26.1 miles throughout the whole month of December. So I challenge YOU to walk/run a grand total of 26.1 miles this December. I’m totally going to do it! I LOVE stuff like this!