True Life: I want to be a runner

Earlier this week I decided that I want to become a runner. I’ve always been terrified of running, and I’ve never even run a full mile in my entire life. The first time I attempted (ahem, was forced…) was one year during high school cheer camp training, and I ended up having to walk half the time. I’ve just always been better at physical technique and dance types of exercise.

Not that I’m about to make excuses, but having asthma doesn’t make things any easier. The last time I tried to run was a couple years ago in my parent’s neighborhood. A huge mistake, considering we live on a giant hill and it was the height of allergy season. It’s so frustrating when I feel like my muscles can do more but my lungs just can’t support it.

Yesterday, I went on the first run of my new endeavor. With my inhaler in hand, I was ready to go. Of course my husband Drew, who has run the Portland marathon, Eugene half-marathon and a few 5k’s here and there (nbd), decided to come with me. This may be a good thing because I need someone to force me to do things like this, otherwise I will just take a nap instead.

I read on http://www.runnersworld.com (at Drew’s insistence, he doesn’t take running advice from anywhere else, apparently) that beginners and people who have asthma should alternate between a few minutes of running, and then like 1-2 minutes of walking to recover your breathing. All in all, the first run was fairly successful. It wasn’t too cold out so that helped my breathing. Drew says we probably went a little under a mile (I know he was attempting to hold back the laughter at this point). He literally didn’t break a sweat, and he hasn’t even run at all for a few weeks either. Maybe one day I will get to that point! Stay tuned.

4 thoughts on “True Life: I want to be a runner

  1. I too decided that I wanted to run (having never even run 1 mile before) and started by running for 1 min and walking for 2 min and then gradually building it up. Fast forward 9 months and I can now run 5 miles! Remember slow and steady wins the race!

  2. Kalie,
    I have Asthma too and am always Jealous at people who can run miles without stopping. It may not be as satisfying, but I walk a few times during my runs to keep breathing. It gets a little easier each time and you feel less like your lungs are going to collapse on you. Good luck!
    Neethu

  3. I have been thinking about this too! Except, I will be doing it on a treadmill at home since I don’t have a jogging stroller and can’t leave the bebe behind! I hope you’re successful!

  4. I love this! I have really bad asthma and no inhaler- running seems to be out of the question for me. But regular respiratory exercise actually helps asthma.. so I need to start this! Way to go K!

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