For the past 3 years I have been a jogger. This year I will be a runner.
I will wear sleek shoes and non-cotton socks and feel the breeze in my face. I will see the shape of my legs alter and wear my hair in a ponytail.
I feel the past 3 years have only prepped me for right now. I have built up my upper body strength, stabilized my core, found the music that makes me tick, and watched enough GMA on the TV at the gym to never need to see Matt Lauer again.
Intervals by song.
Planned: Walk a song, run a song, walk a song, run a song, walk a song – home.
Actual: Walked to Jessica Simpson’s A Public Affair (3:22).
Ran to Xtina Aguilera’s Ain’t No Other Man (3:48).
Walked to Jack Johnson’s Banana Pancakes (3:11).
Ran to Robyn’s Be Mine! (3:28)
Walked to Hillary Duff’s Beat of My Heart. (3:09)
But I wasn’t home yet…
Ran a fartlek to the stop sign behind the Holland’s house to the beginning of Jack Johnson’s Better Together (3:29). Walked from the stop sign across the main street. Ran the beginning of K T Tunstall’s Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (2:54) until my street. Walked from the corner to my house.
Total: 1.75 miles.
I followed up my first run with 16 “real” push ups, 60 bicycle crunches and some stretching.
The only problems I encountered were loss of breath at the end of “Be Mine!” some right shoulder pain that went away by the time I stretched, and a stitch on and off but very slight on the right side about 2 ribs under my bra line.