|I run on a path along this stream|
But. Sue runs with her kids, and it made me realize how important it was to be an example to my kids about exercise being a normal part of a healthy life. I just didn't like to exercise, so I didn't do it. Not the best example, and not good for my health.
But I started thinking about it. God sent me a few other IRL friends that run, and I started wondering if this was possible for me. How can you tell the difference between a reason and an excuse?
Here's what physically worked for me:
-Good (motion control) shoes, and running on level paths turned out to be the key to running without joint pain.
|I needed good shoes!|
Here's what mentally worked for me:
-Separating my intention to exercise (and be more fit) from my intention to lose weight.
-Listening to music (it energizes me and makes running fun)
-Discovering that doing a little works better than doing nothing.
Seriously! The App is theoretically an 8 week plan where you run 3 times a week. I started in mid-September and I am in the middle of Week 5! I often can only fit in a run once a week (and occasionally less), and I often have to repeat a day or week, but I've just kept going, and it's enough- enough to feel better all day and enough to run farther.
I started running 30 seconds at a time, and I can now run for a mile and a half (with a walk break half way through). I have a lot more energy, and I just feel better than I have in a long time.
And Mxyl, Klenda, Zorg, and Oob run with me! I like to think they are extra encouraged by the fact that they all run faster than I do. I don't mind. I run slowly, but faster than I would if I were still on the couch!