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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The end of an Affair

I started an affair about two months ago.  An affair with running.  And I think that affair is drawing to a close.

Now, don't get me wrong.  I still like running.  I still plan on running.  But I'm going to do it on my terms.  On my time.  At my own speed.  To my own music.

You see, I've been using some downloaded podcasts from This Spot.  I was following the Couch to 5K running program.  Things were going great.  Then I got injured and took two weeks off of running and even on week off walking.  I started back in.  Things were going great.  But I got bored.  I'd be listening to the podcasts and when they said run, I wanted to walk.   When they said to stop running, I wanted to keep going.  It was getting frustrating.  Because of the way the music was set up, you just couldn't do your own thing - the cadences were wrong.  You had to follow.  Ergh.

So I stopped running.  It's been a week  now and I've just been walking.  I added some weights to my walking routine.  Just little 3 pounders, but enough to give some resistance.  But I'm still feeling the urge to run.

So I've decided to drop the podcasts.  To drop the C25K program.  To do my own thing.  Run when I want to.  Walk when I want to.  It's my party and I'll cry if I want to.

3 comments:

LivingOurWay said...

LOL, I tried to run to cadence music once in high school. It didn't go well for me either. Now, I'm bored running on my own so I might check that site out.

Meredith said...

I definitely can't follow podcasts or timers. I've learned that. I know deep down that I'm not a runner....a walker definitely fits me better. But I'll need some jogging in there to up my speed, so I'm trying my darndest. I learned from Day 1 though that I have to walk when and how long I feel like it, jog for a little bit if I want to, and go back to walking. That's the only way it's going to work. Being on a timer is NOT going to fly for me.

Jenn said...

I was doing okay following it, as far as running/recover time. But I wanted to do more and felt compelled to "follow the directions" I've always been a teacher pleaser! LOL

I did a bit on Monday doing my own thing and it worked so much better. I felt better about my running and about my time (although it was a bit longer!)

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