This whole post makes me so very happy. So. Very. Happy.
that i know someone who wrote a ZOMBIES FREAKING RUN episode makes ME so very happy!
In contrast, this post makes me sad because I don't like the idea of running and part of what Kyle wrote (" I want to point out I don't like running, it's kind of awful") reinforces the fact that as inexpensive as it is ("just put on shoes and run"), it's definitely not the physical activity for me and I need to find something different to achieve my fitness goals.
Once you've slogged through the initial awful, which is probably whatever it takes you to get up to running a 10k, then there's a lot of other stuff that doesn't hurt. Running 5k slow? That's no problem, and I can have a nice conversation with people and not really breathe hard running a 5k slow, I can enjoy the view and all that. But you kind of only get to that point by pushing at the bag that you're inside of. Running's a great thing, I imagine it's a bit like climbing a mountain where it's cold and wet and hard work but then you get to the top and you say "holy smokes! look at that view!!" -- The reason I started was that it seemed to be the most efficient way to get fit. Looking at the number of calories burned doing stuff I was like "well, I can spend a week on this elliptical or I can run 2 miles on this treadmill..." I'm not really sure if I ever like it, but I can tell you that you do get addicted to it -- to the point that you look forward to meting up with your running group so they can kick your ass and you can come in last but then hang out with them in the bar being sweaty.
Don't give up on it just yet.
Thank you for the words of encouragement, but I think what I really need is to get off my butt and find a place where I can do ballroom or belly dancing, as I also need low-impact exercises due to a neck problem. Pushing at the bag, though... something I need to think more about. (After I get used to reducing portion sizes, though.)
I think the most important thing is that it's regular, whatever it is, and if you like doing it, it's much more likely to be something you do regularly. that and portion control and you got it.
You broke 2 hours! Congratulations!
I think in the back of my mind I just always thought people who do stuff like this must just like running. I can't imagine putting so much energy into something I don't enjoy.
I enjoy the accomplishment, and I feel better about myself, that's all good stuff. Ultimately I guess I enjoy all of this better than my alternative, which was to feel tired all the time -- I'd love to be fit from just sitting on the sofa, but I realize now it's not in the cards.
Congratulations! Sounds rather like the late stages of labor, before the birthing part, though I'm betting you get more sleep afterward.
Cheering on my dog helps me get through runs. Like he needs the motivation.
when i run with dogs it's usually them dragging me which makes it a little easier.
You're awesome and I'm so proud.
You are really goddamn awesome Kyle, and not because you live this exciting life with authors and rock stars and everything. But because you did a thing, just for yourself, that was pretty hard and crazy.
Aw, thanks. I feel that way too. It's slow, but you just keep grinding at it every day and eventually, there you are.
Besides, now you look more like that skinny guy in your icon...
yeah, I think that was 1999. zowza.
Somethings that I have learned playing derby are.
Yes it hurts.
Yes that pain will go away, just in time for another one to come up.
Sometimes it totally is about distracting yourself long enough to finish.
Finishing is always worth it.
And this is the one that I have recently come to realize, I constantly need reminding and reassurance that it is worth it. It's easy to let "THIS SUCKS YOU NITWIT, STOP RUNNING RIGHT NOW" be louder than, "FINISHING IS TOTALLY WORTH THE PAIN, LOOK AT SOMETHING SHINY FOR A MOMENT AND DISTRACT YOURSELF". And today you are my reminder of that. Everyone has that voice, and the trick is to not listen.
Thank you Kyle.
This is exciting! Way to go. And I feel this way too. I dislike running. I like finishing and saying I did it.
However....I'm interested in this "everything went white" thing. Did you look into that further? That'd be concerning to me.
"Exercise-associated collapse (EAC) commonly occurs after the completion of endurance running events. EAC is a collapse in conscious athletes who are unable to stand or walk unaided as a result of light headedness, faintness and dizziness or syncope causing a collapse that occurs after completion of an exertional event. ... EAC is perhaps the most common aetiology confronted by the medical provider attending to collapsed athletes in a finish-line tent,... EAC is now believed to be principally the result of transient postural hypotension caused by lower extremity pooling of blood once the athlete stops running and the resultant impairment of cardiac baroreflexes." http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/45/14/1157
I had one after broad street that actually involved me ... collapsing ... twice. Bottom line, after you cross the finish line, don't stop moving.
Ok, good to know! I'd heard that too, but didn't realize that's how it manifested.
Apparently it happens all the time. I know to watch out for it now. So I either keep walking or lay down and elevate my legs. usually a combination of both. Just make sure if you feel like you're going to fall down, sit down first. :)
I'll keep that in mind. I've only done 5ks, but I'm wanting to train for a half!
Edited at 2013-11-18 10:08 pm (UTC)
That's a good goal. There are a whole bunch of training schedules on line, pick a half with a cool looking medal a few months out and go for it! If you run easy and slow down when you get tired you won't go all fuzzy at the end :)
Yay Kyle! Yay Patricia! Huzzah for overcoming the suckage of it!
FUCK YEAH KYLE CASSIDY DOT TUMBLR DOT COM!
I have a bunch of mantras like that. "Ten more minutes!" "I can do anything for a mile!" "I don't stop when I'm tired; I stop when I'm done." and the ever popular, "I run because I can."
I don't love running--though that's getting better, on shorter runs, especially. And shorter runs now means "Six or eight miles."
But I love being able to run. And I love being able to walk eight miles sightseeing, and do a handstand, and touch my toes...
2013-11-20 12:35 pm (UTC)
Way to go, Kyle!
hope all is well! haven't seen you around for a while!
I'll have to use that distracting-yourself-from-the-pain way of thinking, myself.