The promised ‘Learn to run’ kit came in the mail, so I stayed up late and read the first half of Alexandra Heminsley’s book plus the index so I wouldn’t have any excuse the next morning. The parcel included a copy of the book ‘Running Like a Girl’, a water bottle, hair elastics, compression socks, a vector bar, a notebook for tracking your runs, and some nail polish. The book gave me some good tips, and mostly made me remember that the biggest challenge is just getting out the door.
I grabbed my new equipment and went out the door the next morning for my first ever outdoor run. I went through the neighborhood at a brisk walk, occasionally bursting into jogging mode. 30 minutes later I was home. That wasn’t too bad! I admit it was mostly walking, but google maps says I covered 2 km so I feel like I accomplished something at least.
This week I tried some time on the rowing machine and the treadmill. I actually found this harder than the outdoor run. I found I liked being able to set my own pace easily outside, and not worry about any equipment. I also realized I need some help so I can prevent injury and make sure I don’t develop any bad habits. I set up an appointment with a trainer through work, and found out about a fitness promotion in the city.
I met with a personal trainer twice this week. I made it through the fitness assessment without flunking out, in fact I did much better than I expected. I think I found a better running pace, and I got some good ideas for improving my endurance on non-run days.
I also joined the UWalk program. The City Centre mall is having a few events to encourage walking and general fitness, so I grabbed a pedometer from them, had my picture taken beside the giant shoe, and logged 6000 steps on a ‘Foodie Walk’ where we went through the entire mall having free samples. It seemed a little strange to be encouraging exercise by giving us chocolate and lobster appetizers, yet it was also strangely effective. I went to each of the seven participating locations and had a little treat at each.
I will miss the next event at the mall, a Shop N Walk, because it is on a Thursday night when I already have plans. I would encourage anyone to try this though. Sign up for the pedometer by joining the City Centre team, and go on May 22 for wine and discounts as you walk all evening.
So, in the past few weeks I have walked in malls, ran on treadmills, and today I enjoyed the sunshine for a jog through the park. I think that is my favorite yet. If spring continues to come I plan to enjoy more of it outside, and maybe I’ll even be ready for a certain race.