On running

Running and I go together like….Britney Spears and her husband of a few hours. For a brief period of time, we think, hey! We might be able to make this work. And then we realize that, nope, in fact, we are meant to be apart. Far, far apart.

Which is a problem, if you’re supposed to be running three nights per week as the cardio portion of your workout.

Cardio night 1 was tonight, and it was a colossal failure. I was supposed to run at 3.5–a VERY reasonable pace–on incline 5 for three minutes, then walk two, then run three, etc., etc., for an eternity (or 30 minutes. Whichever came first.) Except 3.5 at incline 5 was just not happening. I was able to eke out two minutes before I had to go to a walk. Then, one minute. Finally, I gave up and hit the elliptical. When I run, my bad knee aches, my shins scream in agony and I cannot breathe. I don’t know how I’m ever going to overcome this, but I really want to. I’d LOVE to run.

And I need to run. Because I sort of promised Betsie that I’d run a 5K with her the day before Easter. This is problematic. I have eight weeks to train and I can currently run for 60 seconds. I’ll keep working on this, but I’m afraid the 5k run/walk will become a 5k walk/walk.

For the next several weeks, this running thing will be a top priority. Here’s hoping I improve quickly. Or that Betsie forgets about the 5k. šŸ™‚


About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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One Response to On running

  1. Betsie says:

    I won’t forget, and I’m hoping there’s not much of an incline on our 5K. šŸ™‚ And if it’s a walk/walk, that’s ok! If I have my jogging stroller by then I’ll be pushing about eighty pounds, so I won’t be very quick either. šŸ™‚

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