Thursday, August 02, 2007

Run, Forrest, Run

Inspired by my friend Adria and challenged by my sister, I have officially started the Couch to 5K Running Plan. It is designed to enable a non-runner (although historically I've been more of an anti-runner) to gradually build endurance without burning out. I completed the first workout today and promptly called Scott, who was very excited and cheered for me, just like he was supposed to. He loves, loves, loves running and I hope I will learn to love it, too. Saying, "I'm going for a run" has an air of competence and achievement about it. Saying, "I'm going for a walk" just doesn't sound as urgent. If you're "going for a walk," it sounds slightly self-indulgent, as if you might actually end up at a quiet, scenic lake feeding the ducks. I've even tried upgrading it to "I'm going for a power-walk" in an attempt to emphasize the added layer of fitness, but it just seems unnecessarily pretentious. (Which is not at all to say that power-walking is not good, strenuous exercise!) So there you have it: I'm training to run for linguistic reasons.


zoe said...

I'm holding strong to the Anti-runner group. If my house was on fire, I'd still bet it'd be a fast walk;)
Yay! I can comment now!

michelle said...

I am so excited for you!
I also have jumped on that train, I am going to run a 1/2 marathon in Nashville, Tn. in April. Three of my friends from back home are going to run it with me. I can run 20 min. straight now without dying!! The first day I ran 2 min. and just about threw up!
We will have to be eachothers cheerleaders! Keep me posted!

Scuttle said...

Here's a website i am using
You Can do it!!!!

mum2brady said...

Cool - I'm going to try this!! I've been walking 3 miles daily for two months now, but I'm interested in upping my fat burning ability :) I'd like to be able to run a 5K in a reasonable amount of time - just for fun!!!