I fought a fear and…who won?
I did…well sorta.
I have had a fear now for about 15 years. That fear you might ask?….RUNNING outside. Huh?
Okay let me explain. I hate running. Actually more specific, I hate running outdoors. From the age of 10 until my freshman year of college, I played basketball year round. I was in excellent shape – I will admit it I had a HOT body. I could run for miles on a tread mill, run sprints on the court, run stairs for conditioning: but one thing haunted me! Preseason conditioning in high school. Why you ask? We had to run a MILE outside. Although I could run 3 to 4 miles on the treadmill then do an hour of step aerobics, I couldn’t run that mile outside and it was humiliating! To say the least. I dreaded the very thought of it. My stomach would tighten, my head would pound, my mouth would get dry and my hands would sweat. I would start out the run and within about 100 feet, my chest would begin to tighten and the mouth begin to swell and hurt. I never could finish the run without stopping to walk and catch my breath.
Up until a few years ago, I never understood why I couldn’t, but once I graduated from school, I never tried running outside again. Until yesterday! Yes my friends, I Cortney, conquered my fear of running outside, and yes all of those things mentioned above came back to haunt me. Why am a so obsessed with running outside? I came to a realization a few weeks ago, that I may not always be as fortunate living 300 feet from my fitness center, the rest of my life and running seems to be the best fitness activity I can do around everyone’s schedule. I could just get out of bed before the family wakes up and go for a run. Besides that I was getting motivated by all the chatter about the Couch to 5 K from friends like Andrea from Mommysnacks. Yes Andrea, you have inspired me to take up running again and to actually run outdoors!
A few years ago I got sick around mid September – just a basic cold I thought. Until this cold didn’t go away and by the time early November came around I was almost at my wits end. Finally going to the Doctor, he informed my that I had a severe sinus infection, caused by, ALLERGIES. I have never had allergies, or so I thought. But after thinking about it, I remembered I did get “sick” around the same time every year. This same time was right around the time of preseason conditioning. So the sysmptoms I was experiencing during those dreadful mile runs, were symptoms of allergies! I never knew!
So as a New Year’s resolution, I promised myself that I would run a 5k by the end of the summer! And yes, I do know I have to do a 5k outside. I have been training on the treadmill. Even though I have had a recurring knee injury, I am able to run around 3 miles on the treadmill at a time.
This past week, after finally getting frustrated with my knee issues, I went to a local running store, Up and Running, to get a new pair of shoes. They were great. They fitted my foot and found that my super high arch falls every time I step down and that my shoe size changes a size and half with every step. A reason why I have some issues finding a pair of runners that don’t make my feet and legs hurt. I decided to buy a pair of Mizunos. The nice lady who helped me also reminded me that to run a 5k I am going to have to run outside eventually! Thanks!
My wonderful hubsand, bought me a running outfit, for my birthday. I love that he is so supportive of me, no matter what I am trying to accomplish! He bought me a pair of Mizuno running shorts, a Mizuno running tank and a Brooks Runnig t-shirt. I am a little vain in the fact that I have a big issue with my work out gear matching my running shoes. If the logo shows, it must match the shoes. I know! You don’t even have to say anything.
But hey, Mizuno and Brooks PR – if you catch wind of this post – hook a beginner runner up!! Please!
So now I had no excuses. I have a new pair of runners, new socks and a new outfit. Now to face my fear! Check back tomorrow to get a humorous account of how my first run outside was.