Thursday, March 18, 2010


For any runners out there...How do you get started and then once you do how do you know that your body can handle it?

I have been wanting to start training my body to be a runner however, it just seems so overwhelming. I have started by forcing myself to walk (a fast aerobic type of walk). I will admit that I am having a hard time being consistent though. The thing that is hard about being consistent is the getting into a routine and doing it at the same time everyday.  I am really not a morning person and it is painful crawling out of bed to do it before "Starting my day".  Evening is hard because I am always fretting over what to do or make for dinner (for those that REALLY know me, they know that dinner time is my LEAST favorite time of the day) and I forget about getting out to exercise  (plus in a couple more weeks it will not be possible to get out in the afternoon due to the extreme heat). I guess I am going to have to pull myself out of bed and do mornings.  Ok now that I have that taken care of....

How do you know if running is something that your body can handle?  I have been walking for a while now and the other day I found myself walking so fast that I thought "I might as well run", so I did. Well, it didn't last long as I found myself huffing and puffing like a panting dog. I also started having really heavy chest pains.  I don't know about you, but this didn't seem right or normal. I have yet to try again. Maybe I need a little more time and conditioning, or maybe it is time to find something new...hummm?


Chelle said...

Yes, you can run, you can work up to it, your body is designed to do it. There's a great program called "Couch to 5K" for beginning runners. Great program, and it helps people who are just starting out, you can find it here:

Your body just needs to be reconditioned and your cardiovascular system may need to be strengthened. I know I have exercise enduced asthma, so I take AdvoCare O2 Gold which helps increase oxygen supply. It totally helps me.

But, yes, you can run girl!

Bethany said...

I'm right there with you Aunt Amy!