I am very hesitant to admit this out loud for fear of public failure, but I think maybe I might perhaps consider maybe wanting to take up running. Kind of. And by running, I mean an occasional gentle trot.
I know!! Who am I?? What has happened to the exercise-phobic wine-drinking Tertia we know and loathe??
Well, don't despair - I am still exercise phobic and I will never, ever give up my beloved wine. However, I am quite keen on being slim and fit. I've been going to gym for a while now and although I never LOVE going, I do love the results. Us middle aged folk need to put in a bit of effort to stay healthy.
I've never been keen on running (I have a car, why on earth would I want to run anywhere??) but after seeing two of my friends Tanya and Liesl who are totally normal assholes just like me do the running thing I thought if they can do it, surely I can do it too. I have another friend Kirsten who went from zero to running races in what seems like 5 mins and is now totally addicted. Then I read a fabulous post on my friend Snick's blog about her taking up running and I thought - this is a sign! All these seemingly normal folk running! Perhaps I should give this running thing a try.
I love the idea of running - quick, fuss free, outside, cheap, healthy, good for you etc, but I am not sure I will be able to do it, its damn hard! How on earth do people run for so far and so long? I can run for about 200 meters or 3 minutes and I need to slow down to a walk or else my heart will explode out my chest. Perhaps I am not designed to run? Perhaps tall, slim'ish women with big (fake) boobs and skinny long legs aren't designed to run? (Picture an ostrich in full flight) Perhaps I am doing it wrong?
I have been working on getting fit. I have two sessions with a personal trainer at the gym twice a week and we do strength exercises. To tone etc. In between I have been walking every day too. Brisk walks where I work up a sweat. I feel as if my fitness levels really have increased and yet when I try to break out into a trot, I can only manage a few minutes. My biggest problem - I get a stitch after a few minutes. I feel as if my body is strong enough to carry on running but the stitch becomes so painful, I need to slow down to a walk. WHY IS IT SO HARD?? I must say I get quite despondent about it, its very frustrating. The body and mind seem willing, but the (whatever causes the stitch) doesn't want to cooperate.
Who knew running could be so hard, I've been doing it since I was a year old which is like 25 years ago! There is so much I don't know. Like:
- What causes a stitch? How do I prevent it?
- Whats the best sports bra to use?
- What shoes should I get?
- I would love to run with a friend, but I am shy in case I really do suck and then I hold them back?
- When is the best time to run? Morning? Evening?
- How do I make sure I enjoy running?
- Is running at the gym the same as running outside?
- How do I improve? How do I go from running non stop for 3 minutes to 5 minutes to 10 minutes? Will I ever improve?
- Why is it so hard for me? Or rather, why does it look so effortless for everyone else? It is not like I am unfit or not exercising at all.
- What is a running club about? Does it help? Running clubs remind me of skinny athletes who can run for 3 hours without breaking a sweat. How intimidating.
- Do I even need to run? I am doing a really brisk walk anyway - how much better (calories / fitness) is running compared to walking?
- What I would really like to do is be able to run for 30 minutes non stop. It seems so far away at the moment.
I need your tips and advice. What are the three top tips you would give to anyone considering taking up running?
Fuck. I am exhausted just from writing this post. I think I am going to have a little lie down while I wait for your response.