Wednesday, 6 June 2012

How my love affair with running began

Happy National Running Day!

So as I sit here having run my first half marathon, having run my first race post-op, and on the brink of tackling the training for a full marathon - and I find myself deeply and whole-heartedly in love with running.

But you should know that this was not always the case.

Growing up, I remember dreading the cross country element in gym class. I couldn't run. And being forced to run around the track 10x was highest level of torture. My short little legs (which I should point out have not grown much since then) just could not keep up with everyone else. And my asthma left me wheezing in their dust. I was convinced by the age of 9 that running was just never going to be my thing.

Now don't get me wrong, despite being a horrible runner I was always fascinated by it. Seeing that lone woman out on the road before dawn with nothing but a pair of sneakers and sheer determination - to me was truly a beautiful thing. And despite loving the idea of that kind of dedication, I was still fairly convinced that lone woman would never be me.

Fast forward about 10 years, and there I was 50 lbs overweight with a robot heart, and I was even more convinced than ever that running was not going to work for me. I had started hitting the gym again, but shied away from the tredmill. The tredmill was reserved for runners (re: real atheletes) not genetically defective chubby girls like me. So I stuck to my ellipitcal routine for the first few months. I was comfortable. I was happy. And I was seeing results.

Then one holiday monday, the local gym threw a monkey wrench in my ellipitcal plan. The gym was closed! That meant no ellipitical and no workout. I didn't want to skip my workout, especially when I just started to build momentum. So I begrudgingly laced up my sneakers - after procrastinating for several hours - and then hit the streets. I did a short loop downtown, and didn't totally hate it.

When describing my run later that night over drinks with some friends, one of the girls (re: a real runner) informed me that I had actually conquered a fairly good distance, likely 4 km! What? Me?! This chubby cyborg just went out and ran 4 km willy-nilly!? I was stunned and officially hooked!

How far could I go if I really tried? How fast could I do that loop if I really pushed myself? Could I run serious distances if I wanted to? All these questions started swirling, and my love affair with running began.

Running has become so much for me over the years than just exercise and distance, and my reasons for running have evolved. But the moral of this story is; that running is for anyone. Because if a girl with a robot heart, no boobs, and stubby little Hungarian legs can run - than anyone can!

Are you lacing up your sneaks today?
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten




15 comments:

  1. I WISH I was lacing up my sneaks today. But I am battling some knee pain and would rather be safe than sorry since fall marathon training starts in a little over a week!

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    1. AWESOME! What marathon are you training for? I am training for my 1st in October! The Toronto Waterfront Marathon!

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  2. I love your posts, Krysten. Keep running and inspiring us :D

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  3. Wow, your keyboard was humming today. Excellent writing. Happy National Running Day to you as well.

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  4. Wow, you are inspirational to me. I really just started this week to commit to running more and eventually doing a 5k. And I am lacing up today! ;)

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    1. GO GIRLIE GO! You will do that 5k! I just know it. Everytime you lace up those sneaker is a triumph! xo

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  5. I love this story!! love, love, LOVE!! YES, ANYONE can run. And ANYONE is considered a "runner" if they run 1 mile, or 10. It doesn't matter. Awesome tribute to nat'l running day! :)

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  6. You truly are an inspiration! I actually did run cross country in high school, but haven't done any running since. I really hope that I can have an experience similar to yours soon... I need it :)

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  7. It's fun to hear your story! Running has a way of sucking us in and getting us hooked. Glad to hear it's surprised you in a good way!

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  8. Great post!
    Love and identify with this line... "Running has become so much for me over the years than just exercise and distance... "

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  9. I am usually a walker but I am starting to incorporate jogging slowly but surely. I have over 100 lbs to loose but I am hoping to not injure my knees further so I am being conservative :) Thanks for writing how you got started

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    1. You definitely want to listen to your body, but don't rule running out all together. I started just rocking the elliptical for the first few months of my weight loss journey, and then tried running. I used the walk/run tactic for a LONG time. But everytime you run a little more, or a get a little farther before you need a break is a triumph. I think you could definitely do it!

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  10. I love your story. I was most definitely never ever a runner. I have severe asthma and running just didn't happen for me. I danced (ballet). That was my passion. But as you get older, it gets harder to find advanced adult classes in a state that barely knows what performing arts are. You are such an inspiration.

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    1. Oh gosh you are more alike than you know. I also danced competitively for 14 years - all types, jazz, ballet, tap, modern. I still like to bust a few moves at Zumba haha.

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  11. I love hearing more about your story! I was definitely not a runner growing up. Running was for "athletes" - you know, those really good, athletic people in high school, not me. But I started running a bit my Senior year and then more in college and have come to love it. It's definitely more than just exercise as I'm realizing more now that I can't do it right now. Can't wait to lace my my sneaks again!

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