Thursday, May 19, 2011

Baby (pant pant) Steps

Yesterday I did a strange thing. I got up at 6:30 in the morning and went running.

I haven't been running in...ever. I tried once in Chicago when I was in my twenties. I think I did about a mile and decided it wasn't for me.

A mile. I was so ungrateful.

I don't want to tell you how far I didn't make it yesterday morning. The important thing is I went. I'd run a bit then walk until my lungs gave me permission to run again.

Okay. I'll tell you, because it's all right for you to know I'm not an athlete, and because maybe my lack of prowess will inspire you to start your own pathetic regimen. I went around the block. I had to stop running four times and walk. But hey, I started four times! And it's a big block! And I ran in the rain!

It felt good. I plan on doing it again today. I'd be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens, except my butt kind of hurts for some reason.

29 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

Hey, I think that's wonderful, Petrea. Especially running in the rain. That's the stuff songs are made of. Did Boz go with you?

Book Dragon said...

you go girl! I've got the perfect book for you to read...P.A.C.E. It's not in front of me but that really is the title. It explains why what you did yesterday is the best way to go ;)

Petrea Burchard said...

John told me I'm doing "wind sprints," and that they're good for me. Is that what "P.A.C.E." talks about, Dragon? J. says running is good for every part of me except my knees, hips and spine--and of course those three things are of huge concern to me so I'm not sure this is what I should be doing, but I did it again today and it felt good again.

Shell, Boz gets a long walk every day and he likes to run when he chooses to. But he's elderly and a late sleeper, and I don't think his delicate system could bear to exercise at 6:45am.

-K- said...

I haven't seen a stone fence like that in a long, long time. And I haven't been jogging for even longer.

Petrea Burchard said...

You're invited to Pasadena, K. We have them all over the place. I won't make you run.

I am so stiff. Second day of running a whole block.

altadenahiker said...

The amazing thing is how quickly the body catches on. (Of course, the body is pretty fast at forgetting, as well.)

Cool photo. Looks like Ohio.

WV: Pathwe.

J.J. in L.A. said...

Yay for you! It's the starting that matters.

Petrea Burchard said...

John says as a beginner I shouldn't run every day--I should alternate. I have a 9:15 appointment tomorrow so I guess I'll take tomorrow off. I kind of don't want to. Afraid I won't start up again on Saturday. I like momentum.

J+P said...

Gee, lemme think of some other stuff to say …

Trish said...

You go girl! Am proud of you!

As an ex-jock, I can tell you that wind sprints are you running like your butt is on fire until you can't breathe, catch some breath, then sprint again like your butt is on fire---repeat until you die or the coach says to stop. Might have *felt* like that, but am guessing your butt being on fire isn't why your butt hurts today. ;-) remember to stretch before going out and on your way back in. Your butt, I suspect, is reminding you that you are not 20 anymore. Mine sure does!

despite being a former jock, I can tell you what I've told other friends---if I am running, I'd suggest you run too b/c like seeing gas men running, if I'm running, I'm either running TO or running AWAY from something.

and that would be me you'll see, walking, perhaps quickly, but walking, around the block or on the treadmill or walking a dog..but walking. I left my cartilage on courts and fields all over SoCal, my joints remind me of this all the time.

Keep up the good work, run what you can, walk what you need to and don't overdo it.

Margaret said...

You are admirable soul. I walk, but I don't run.

Virginia said...

You're getting a standing at the computer ovation from moi. You go girl. I can't run anymore. Oh I did for about 6 months in the late '70's. I'm done. I don't want to speed up what gravity is already doing here.

Love the photo too. Surely you didn't run with that camera!!
V

Susan Campisi said...

I cover a lot of ground walking Tommy but my running days are over. Tommy wishes it were otherwise. If you get lonely, Tommy would love to tag along with you. I'll sleep in with Boz.

Petrea Burchard said...

Well, it's only been two days. I probably shouldn't have said anything. If and when I can't keep it up I may not tell you. But I was walking for as much as an hour a day and still getting fatter.

I don't take the camera with me--it would give me excuses to stop.

Tracy Wood said...

I am riding my bike to work for the first time tomorrow..... We newbie 'athletes' need to hang together! Nice photo today. Peaceful.

Bellis said...

Keep it up, P - there's nothing as good as feeling your feet flying above the ground, the feeling that you could run forever (till the lungs can't keep up). It gets easier every day.

I'm enjoying all the comments, especially Trish's and Virginia's. And I love the arroyo stone wall in the photo.

Ms M said...

Good for you (as long as you're careful with your bod :-) )
My running days are past, too, but I walk and bike.

Petrea Burchard said...

You go, Tracy! Watch out for heedless drivers.

I'm enjoying all the comments, too, Bellis. Of course that's nothing new.

Ms. M, I'm chicken to bike around here.

Katie said...

I'm very impressed that you got up early and went running! If I do anything more strenuous in the morning besides walking I'm fried for the rest of the day. My only advice is to listen to your body; if your knees and hips really start to hurt, don't push it. Gorgeous photo.

Gina said...

If you are out and about in the neighborhood and see a pregnant lady running/walking rather slowly with a big navy blue double jogging stroller - that is me. I've been doing the couch to 5K program:

http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

which uses running interspersed with walking until one gets up to running 5K without walking.

I've never been a "runner" either (my husband is) but I am actually having fun doing the program. I don't have any aspirations of greatness but I do feel in better shape since I started.

Petrea Burchard said...

My calves are what's hurting now, Katie. They're getting the day off tomorrow.

Gina, I'd know you anywhere! But I haven't made it across Lake Avenue yet. Thanks for the link.

Trish said...

P---John has good ideas...must be one of the reasons you keep him! But I do think it's a good excuse to have him massage your aching parts!

I have but one question...isn't Saturday the rapture? you REALLY want to be running around with all those nekkid people ascending? ;-)

Dina said...

It must take a lot of will power to go out without the camera, too.

Petrea Burchard said...

Yup, tomorrow's the rapture. I don't know what time, though, do you? I figure early. I want to get up in time to see it.

Not really, Dina. It's a block I've seen too many times!

TheChieftess said...

Yesterday I experienced the rapture...er...rupture!!! Getting up off the ground from taking a photo...my knee went out!!! No reason that I can figure...except that that morning I had done pilates (my fourth session) and she is focusing on strengthening my knees...go figure!!!

ps...Book Dragon is cutting edge!!! short spurts of intense activity with rest in between is reported to be the best for heart health!!! Of course, runners and swimmers have been training like that forever!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Chieftess, I'm sorry to hear about your knee. Not good news. (True, though, Book Dragon is always cutting edge.)

Jilly said...

Well good for you and if you can't run you can always take glorious photos like this one.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you.

L Barlow, AIA said...

Very late with this one, but I recommend a fast-walk at dusk. I do 2 miles every evening, not hard to do at all anymore, and my knees and hips don't get the damage that the jogging produces. Spurts of walk-really-really-fast are almost as good as P.A.C.E.