Just a week or so back, I was running and cogitating on the fact that I was running. And it really seems to me that running is something I should not be able to do. I am thirty eight years old, and have been diagnosed with arthritis in both knees and both ankles. My tailbone is virtually immobile; “frozen” is the term my chiropractor used (a real party during pregnancy). I currently weigh in at about 250, but I actually started running when I was still 275ish. I should not be able to run, and yet, there I am at least three mornings a week, clocking in 40 to 45 minutes of sustained running. Sure I’m slow as dirt… but there is no question; I’m running. And I have a secret… after the first twelve minutes or so, it feels GOOD. I don’t run longer yet because I am careful about injury, but I feel like I could go for another hour.
So I was thinking that the human body must be designed to run, else I couldn’t be doing it. Turns out, I’m not the only one who thinks so, and there are some interesting facts and theories to be had! I’d like to introduce you to my old HS bud, her name is The Dread Pirate Rackham and she has a great blog about her athletic journey in the world of triathlons.
Read this… she will have you considering running, or at least give you some interesting facts to wow your friends with at parties. And if you are inspired to run? Don’t forget Rackham’s Rules of Running!
Sound like something you might want to do? Check out Hope Is Power, she has a series of posts on beginning running.
Beginning Running 1
Beginning Running 2
Beginning Running 3
Beginning Running 4
My point in this post is:don’t discount running just because you are heavy. I did work up to it by walking and pushing a stroller for about an hour, four days a week for a few months. I did get a physical before jumping into it (it helps to have a doc who runs). I did invest in good shoes. I do mix it up with weight training twice a week (cardio is not the cure-all for weight loss). But in September I was 290 and as sedentary as a mom of three young kids can be, and that’s surprisingly sedentary. Change can happen. There is every possibility that you could run too. No joke. Think about it, I am probably heavier than you are right now, and yet, I run.
But mostly, I just want to say… YOU ARE NOT DEAD! You can get up and MOVE! It doesn’t matter if running is not your bag, do whatever IS your bag, and do it just for today.