Okay, all right, running is not as awful as I remember it being. It also helps that I have the Songza app to take my mind off things/I also like to pretend I’m training for the Doctor and/or running from supernatural creatures.
I had (and still do have) asthma pretty bad when I was a kid, like in-the-hospital-not-breathing bad a few times. I once had an attack that landed me in hospital in the oxygen tent while my Dad was in New York on business, apparently it was a pretty harrowing trip home for him, as this was in the time before cellphones were considered acceptable life partners.
But asthma (combined with some wicked allergies and “sensitive airways”) made running, and most sports, less than enjoyable for me as a young adult. Those factors, and my Western European genetics, have made it really easy for me to gain weight, but not so much losing said weight. But himself started jogging again at the start of March, and it’s been working really well for him (14 pounds lost in three weeks, though he certainly has them to lose), so I thought I would give it a try.
I’ve been working my way into it. I started walking about 1km a night, then starting jogging half of it, then I started doing 2km a night, and then I discovered the Nike+ app. I’ve started with the 5K running program (the beginner runner program), and it does push you pretty hard one you get into it, so if you are a totally new runner (much like myself) give yourself a couple of weeks of brisk walking and light jogging before starting the program.
I also really like that it syncs with the Nike+ website and you can sync it with the Nike Training app, so you can add crossing training, and additional workouts, and sync it all up for a holistic view of your fitness plan.
So, I’m plugging my way through the 8 week plan, I’ve only just finished week one, and I’m already running faster than when I was in high school. Mentally it’s definitely challenging, especially with the Mouse wearing me down through the whole day, and I’ve never experienced the whole “runner’s high” when I’ve run in the past, but today while I was out running tonight (3.5km, more than I’ve ever run before), I felt really great. I felt powerful, which, when you live with a three-year-old is a rare thing, and I felt strong. Granted I was only running about a third of the time, but I felt really good.
So yeah, check out the Nike+ app if you’re getting into running, it’s pretty great.