Monday, March 22, 2010

I Ran



This is the year of the family fitness challenge - all of us Maxwells have chosen a fitness goal to accomplish in 2010. I'm running a half marathon, which has been one of my life goals for quite some time. It will be challenging to find the time to do the training, but I think it will be really good to have a goal to work for, so that I can't take the easy excuses to avoid getting back in shape.

I have been getting psyched up and prepared - researched the options and decided on a local race in October, bought new shoes for Valentine's Day, signed up for a running group in town, received new running clothes for my birthday and found a sports bra to fit the nursing body. I'm all set! Except for the RUNNING part. I haven't run AT ALL since before Owen was born. No wait, since before I was pregnant with Owen. So that means it's been 3+ years. That's intimidating.

But, you've gotta start somewhere, so on Sunday afternoon, we were getting ready to take the boys and dog for a walk and I decided to just put on my running shoes and take Hudson for a little jog. Gulp. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't fast, but it also wasn't as bad as I expected. I managed a 10-4-9 (minutes running-walking-running), and I can still move today. Decent start.

Though I did sustain my first running injury. Hudson took an abrupt stop to mark a bush and, in my blazing speed, my thumb had an unfortunate encounter with the dog leash. Let's hope this is the worst injury I sustain over the next 7 months of running...

5 comments:

tacosandkorv said...

Nice work! I can identify with the banged up hand (via leash), although mine ends up with a lovely rope burn. :) Loooove our pups!

tacosandkorv said...

Oops, that was me, Staci (Cole). :) OpenID doesn't ever seem to publish my actual name ...

I am Kate Maxwell said...

at least you weren't rollerblading when he decided it would be a really good idea to go on a different side of a pole than you were...

Colleen said...

Good luck Alissa! That is an awesome goal! I'm having a tough time getting started back in it too...but like you said, we've got to start somewhere!

Colleen said...

And P.S., now I totally have that Flock of Seagulls song stuck in my head!!!