Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Running with Ease


I am not a runner
. However, when I read an article in Self magazine about running 3 miles with ease (by Danny Dreyer), I thought I would give it a try. The short article gave techniques on breathing, foot placement, arms and so forth to help you increase your chances of reaching 3 miles. (personally, I couldn't help but think of Pheobe Buffay from "Friends" and her interesting running style... but don't worry, you won't look like Pheobe if you use Mr. Dreyer's techniques properly... hmm I guess you won't worry if you don't know who I am talking about anyway).

SO, guess what? I am running 3 miles! Never in my entire life have I ever ran (knowingly) 3 miles, until now!
I have arrived!
As a high school athlete - I dreaded any conditioning. Couldn't run a mile to save my life... well that was until my coach made the rule "if you're lapped you have to run another mile". Needless to say, I ran 2 miles for a couple of weeks.
As a college athlete - forget it! Actually, I didn't make it pass "hell" week.
As a professional athlete - yeah,well, if I liked conditioning back in high school, I could of been a million dollar pro athlete. (note to self: brainwash, teach Little Bean to enjoy running).
As an over-weight adult - I can jog 3 miles while watching tv, movies and/or the news. (oh I should try running while eating popcorn too!)

Now, I will go read Danny Dreyer's book, ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running and shoot for a higher goal... actually, I need to go finish the bathroom first.

3 comments:

Momma Val said...

Yes, and running while eating a box of candy? Turtles? Well, I have been tokld by 3 of my doctors that running is too hard on my legs. So I walk with a fury. I have no problem as long as I can watch the news or Martha or listen to some fast dance music with a techno beat. That is sooo awesome about the running. Keep up the good work. Maybe they can bring you your Christmas dinner on the treadmill? JK!

JayMonster said...

Congrats and good for you!

I had started the Couch to 5K program that was working well, and I was up to 2 miles when I tore my ACL (not from running). Hopefully I can try again soon.

Anonymous said...

that's cool..congratulations!