Thursday, July 17, 2008

On Running

I hate running and I hate that I hate running. All through school on the one mile runs, you'd see a crowd of runners, and then me in the distance panting and wheezing with a flushed face. Once after finishing a mile at 16:25, my 7th grade PE teacher shook his head "Aisha, maybe you just can't do it." For many years I accepted his perception as my truth but it bothered me. Why can't I do it? Both of my brothers ran cross country, my dad jogs every day, we share genetic makeup, surely in me is a runner? Year after year I tried but .25 miles into the run cramps built up, wheezing ensued and I'd end up hunched over hobbling the rest of the way home. Eventually, I gave up.

One day over lunch, I told a co-worker I couldn't run. He shot me a raised eyebrow and told me he went from couch potato to marathon runner in 10 weeks. He said I could do it if I simply persisted. So ever the optimist I tried again, this time doing a little more research before hitting the pavement. I began in intervals of walking mostly and running in spurts, slowly over time I found myself running more than I walked. Today, for the first time in my life, I ran one mile without stopping. I never thought I could do it, but simply by getting up and trying, I proved my PE teacher wrong.

I wanted to share some of the links that are helping me reach my goal (My ultimate goal is to run a 5K, its only three miles but a feat for me at this point). I hope it helps you as it has helped me if you are inclined to pick up the sneakers and run. If you are a runner with tips, please share!
  • This link can calcuate routes in your neighborhood or any place else to determine the distance you need to run to reach your goals.
  • For couch potatoes looking to become runners, this link helped me get started on a schedule to start running.
  • How to avoid cramps here.
  • Some cool general tips on running here.
  • If you think you don't have the time, or motivation to do so, read this because suddenly you will realize, you have no excuse.
  • And finally, this picture helps remind me that genetic makeup or not, if I want it bad enough I can do it. (Thanks for the link Tee!):

7 comments:

Dahlia said...

Awesome! You'll have to post pics of yourself crossing that finish line!

Anisa said...

go aisha!!

i was also the girl in the back, panting, in PE.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

On the topic of motivation, have you ever heard about the Canadian runner Terry Fox? He is always an inspiration for me whenever I run (or at least try to).

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/fox_terry/

Aisha said...

Dahlia, thanks :) I will do that!!!

Anisa, good to hear I was not alone :) We can do it though!

Anon- I read that article and I was in tears. Thanks for sharing that amazing story. Thats an example of a man who became more... he became an ideal. Thats incredible.

Tee said...

Another girl from the back of the pack - I think I probably always finished last. I'd half heartedly jog at first and then walk the rest of the way, kicking puffs of dandelion. I hated it.

That's messed up that your PE teacher said that to you. Obviously he missed the class, "How to encourage your students". :p

Keep it up, Aisha. There's one thing I know about you - if you want it, you will find a way to do it.

Arfeen said...

Thanks for the links ... I've been thinking for some time about starting some sort of a running regimen ... so the schedule helps a lot

LN said...

Running with music helps as well. Also, you can consider running in your neighbourhood but changing routes often, to avoid boredom. When you plan to go running and don't really fell like it, just put on your running gear, grab your snickers and start runnin as soon as possible. don't delay til later what you can do now!

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