I’d like to start off by saying that I hate running. I was a book nerd, I ran like a 15-20 minute mile is high school P.E. class, and that’s the last time I ran. But you’ll notice on my 31 list, there it is: complete a couch to 5k program and run a race. so I downloaded the Get Running app, put it on my phone and my iPod, and today set out on my path to becoming a runner…
Which did not go so well. First, I figured I could do the program while walking Duke, who loves nothing more than to run. Second, I figured it was okay to just wear jeans and sneakers and a hoodie like I always do when walking Duke, since I am sized out of my exercise clothes.
Full disclosure: They’re a size 16 or a large, which I was fine with. Now? I’m a *gulp* 22. I can’t fit into literally 3/4 of my clothes. I’ve been buying a pair or 2 of new jeans and wearing XXL hoodies because I was seriously in denial. I bought Get Running last Monday. I only started it today because this weekend I looked at a picture of me that my husband took on my phone and it shattered my self delusion. I nearly cried at what I saw, because even though I have a husband that thinks I’m gorgeous, and more self-confidence than ever, I am not healthy. And I like my clothes, dammit! I want to wear them.
Anyway, the problems: Duke also loves to pull. I’m working on it with the clicker, but it’s slow going. Duke can also run really fast-we like to joke that we got the optional turbo boost package on our dog. If I run with Duke it’s really hard to slow him back down, especially since it’s such short intervals, I think he’s mostly just confused as to what the hell I’m doing. He’s a scent oriented dog, too, which means he spends a lot of time with his nose to the ground and will follow an interesting scent until I actually drag him away. Meaning he wants to stop and smell when I’m trying to run, and I have to stop.
And running in jeans? Not the most comfy thing ever, especially since they’re too long and I keep tripping on them. So, looks like I’ll be hitting up Wal-mart for some running clothes that won’t break the bank, and walking Duke, then going out for my run. It’ll eat up a lot of time, but I’m trying to think of it as a warm-up. I have to make exercise and eating right a priority and hold myself accountable.