I haven’t been able to run well for years! I wasn’t the best at it to begin with… But all those hip surgeries and issues made me a more avid walker than runner.
I’ve tried several times in the past to “pick it up”. I researched the best way of doing it. I started and then… Either injured myself or lost interest when the results would not come fast enough.
I knew enough about running to help my oldest friend to start running and she even ran her first marathon now! Of course it wasn’t all my tips, but she always said they helped her to get into it and to keep going with it. And I have no illusions of ever running a marathon! But…
So here I am, slowly starting to practice running on a treadmill. As a kid, I once injured myself greatly on a treadmill kind of device and it left me scared of them for quite a while. I’m still afraid, even now, after I’ve walked so many times on them. Mind you, my right hand is almost always on the bar!
I’m starting with intervals. Slow ones, short ones, but hey, I’m started at least! First I had a warming up of a few minutes on 5,6 km/h. Then a minute at 7,2 km/h, two minutes at 5,6 again, repeat this three times. So in the end, I merely run three minutes. And it was very hard! The first time, I even held the bar with my left hand, but my watch would fail to register my workout that way, so I needed to push myself into only holding on with my right hand.
And while it is scary for me, I am learning. And it feel weird to be proud of this, but I really am. I, who could not run for such a long time, going at 7,2 km/h for 1,5 minutes. Yeah, only that, but compared to getting just 30 seconds… It’s a HUGE improvement. Ow, for those who aren’t accustomed to using km/h, I will calculate my speeds to miles per hour, to give you an idea of my speed 🐌 haha.
So 5,6 km/h is about 3,48 mi/h. 6,2 km/h is about 3,85 mi/h. And 7,2 km/h is about 4,47 mi/h.
The fun thing about my converter is that it also tells me the speed in meters per minute. And if I run at 7,2 km/h, it says I’m going at a speed of 120 meters a minute. I usually walk about 83 meters per minute, so this is a huge improvement. Of course I do hope to build up stamina, to run at least two minutes before needing some breathing time. But as I hopefully increase that running time, hopefully, maybe, I can also train to go a bit faster as well. I’d love to be able to get a speed between 8,5/10 km/h. I have no idea if this will ever be a reality…
I am first trying to focus on improving the time. I never dared dream that I would ever try again, having failed so many times. My ankle would give out, my hip would turn bad, I would not progress fast enough and just give up, I would blame the weather (before I joined a gym)… So many reasons why I never really pushed through. But now, I am eager to give this a go and keep on it. Acknowledge it will take time, recognize improvement however small it is, and give it time…
And if I keep believing in myself, maybe, some day… I’ll be as fast as Speedy González, or the Road Runner or maybe like the blue hedgehog Sonic… I may even need a speedy name 😂 But, first things first, let’s train to get to the 2 minutes running interval and take it from there!
To be continued…
Just before posting this, I wanted to share with you that I’m now running at 7,4 km/h for a minute to 1:15, and 5 times at intervals. 😊 A small graph from one of my 1min run-2mins walk:
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