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Taking Up Running
Published on June 30, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about how I've been running lately.

Here's an excerpt:

"About a month ago, I decided it was finally time to try jogging.

At the time, I hadn’t gone for a run in about 15 years.

During my senior year of college, I vaguely remember walking out to the athletic fields and going for quiet jogs in the afternoon. But I’m not sure I did this very often, because I hate running. I probably did it a few times, remembered how much I hate running, and quit.

I had always assumed I would never run again.

Even now, I’m a little baffled as to what brought about my change of heart and whether it will last. I know a lot of runners. Is it possible that hearing about their triathlons and marathons and 5Ks and Iron Mans was starting to make me feel inadequate? Or that I sensed running would be a good thing to add to my repertoire of physical activities? After all, I go for a lot of long walks. Would I be in better shape if I spent some of that time running?

I didn’t want to be that person who goes running for the first time in more than a decade and immediately gets a cramp and pulls a muscle, and so I decided to start slowly and cautiously.

The first thing I did was stretch.

I’d never really understood the point of stretching when I played sports, but I am no longer as young and limber as I once was, and stretching seemed like an essential step. Then I walked down to Lincoln Park, and willed myself to start running."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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