Run, don’t walk.
Today I ran for the first time since I was 17. I actually ran about 1/4 mile total, but this is astonishing for me.
Consider this: In May of 2007, I could barely walk two blocks up a downtown street without getting puffed out and exhausted. Some of that was due to my fibromyalgia and my vitamin D deficiency. Some of it was due to just being plain seriously overweight and out of shape. When I first started seeing the chiropractor for back pain a few months prior to that, I couldn’t roll over in bed because the pain was so bad. I had two car accidents that exacerbated the disc degeneration and required some extensive physical therapy and spinal steroid cortisone injections.
Fast forward to today. Thanks to Weight Watchers (started March 2008), a lot of discipline and determination, I am over 50 pounds lighter and can do a two mile walk easily. I have about 30-40 more pounds to go to hit my goal. I still have disc degeneration and back issues, but with continued chiropractic treatment, it is better. The fibromyalgia is still there, but the severity of the symptoms is greatly diminished (most of the time), and the vitamin D deficiency was rectified by taking supplements.
Today I set a goal to do some sort of outdoor activity at least three times a week, and each time to increase the level of exertion by five minutes. So I started with that today. It was cold out, some light snowflakes falling, and no sidewalks to walk on, so I had to walk in the bike lane on the street.
I walked up to Safeway (two miles round trip) and bought myself some warm gloves and a tall, non-fat latte from Starbucks. I stopped and drank the latte, then headed home. It was on the way home that I started running.
Jason at run4change has been my inspiration. Seriously – please go check him out. If you are into getting physically fit and trim, he’s excellent inspiration. He inspired me through his blog to give running a try. And today I started with a little bit, and each time, I’ll add to that.
This is the new pair of running shoes I’m saving for – Brooks Ariel for women. My chiropractor told me these would be the best shoes for me at this stage, but at $100 a pop, I need to save a bit first. I tried them on and they are so comfy. After my little “run” today, I can see how these will really help me with my activity goals.
I also decided that I’m going to sew my own workout pants. I can get some powerdry fabric online and sew up something cute that will work in the interim until I get to my final size, then I can invest in good workout/running clothes.