(Original Post Date 7-21-14. Reposted not just because its Monday, but because I went back into training mode again today. That means running, working out, eating right and staying away from the bad stuff.. well maybe a little wine because it has resveratrol (omg I think I was calling it rohypnol, lol, big diff n maybe I should rethink the wine) Well ANYWAYS reading it today helped motivate me to go out into the freezing cold this morning and run and I feel great because I did. Happy Monday Motivation! You can get right back on the horse too!)
When I first started learning running it took many months just to be able to run long periods without stopping – and to learn to breathe properly. I started by running 20 seconds at a time (I’d count, in my head) while running with my dog Max. Then I’d feel like my heart was gonna explode! It was actually all about exercising him (if I never mentioned that before), since we have a tiny yard and no dog run. Gradually, seconds became minutes, minutes became a half hour, etc. For the first year all I did was count seconds, omg… I got up to ohh thousands (the insanity of that –I look back on now). Hey, I didn’t have an MP3 player yet- and my Discman (omg haven’t seen that word in a while), while great for skates was a bit bulky for running. Anyways, for a long time, it was “fake it till I make it”. You just keep pushing through the crap days and weeks.. and then one day, the breathing kicked in, the body was strong and I got that high, that distance and felt what running was all about.
Then, the very next day I’d lose it.. lol.. that perfect run…somewhere. Maybe on the trail, lol. Maybe back at home.. where did it go?? How come I couldn’t breathe right when I did it yesterday? That perfect run…Idk. However, through patience and time it would come back- and the right shoes (and inserts) and eventually, I was running like a pro. I could run 10 miles a day, 6 days a week. Ya. For months and months. Then I ran a half, and then I ran a marathon.
Then I took a long vacation. Bye bye breathing. Bye bye distance. Bye bye focus. Even after all that. YUP. Happens.
This time, instead of just going through the grueling agony of fighting that day after day until I snapped back… I decided to rollerblade and not fight it, and at least build up my muscles and get some exercise. What I didn’t expect to happen was that I would be back running normally and breathing better faster than I’d ever done before.
In less than a week I was able to run normally and longer. It was almost an instantaneous effect on my running.
Some of my friends of various running levels will ask us “veterans” for advice, and I’m thinking of one of them “Mud Pies,” who has asked me about this before and still has her struggles to get past that point.
I say to her now, and to all of you, start doing something else immediately. Whatever cardio activity that’s not running (or whatever you’re doing right now that you’ve hit that wall and can’t get over), like rollerblading, biking, climbing, swimming, basketball.. if you can do it for a long period, and do it 4-5 times a week, you will see improvement in your running (or other sport) almost immediately. Just get the body up there and feel that burn in another way and see what happens when you run. Don’t stop running, and if you’re doing poorly anyways, lets be honest here, lol- you won’t run long enough to really wear yourself out so don’t think you can’t do both!
I’d love to hear how and if it works for you… feel free to comment and share your story!
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