Still Striving to improve myself, one board break at a time

Tossing ideas around

I’m not a runner, but I’m considering taking a class to train me to run a 5k in 6 weeks.  I have told people repeatedly that I am “allergic” to running.  I don’t like the pain my poor knees feel when I’m running, but I’m guessing it’s because I’ve been hauling around a lot of extra weight for a long time. I’m working on that.

My daughter wanted to join a “Zombie run” and be a zombie. I’m thinking that I have no intention of being a zombie, so I’d be one of the runners.  Unfortunately, the run was on June 1st and she didn’t ask me to join her in this until May 28th.  Breathe a sigh of relief.  (whew!) I knew we wouldn’t be able to get ready for that.

Now I’m randomly checking out available 5k’s.  I’m not actively planning a run–I still have to figure out how to get into a class to learn how to run.  I’m pretty sure that a couch to 5k program would be MUCH better than running outright and hurting myself right off the top. The fact that I’m thinking about it means that the idea is there.

I’ve also contacted a local bike shop and asked them if they had a “cycling for complete newbies” group.  I’m actually more interested in riding a bike than I am in running.  Part of it is because the riding is so much easier on most of the body (except maybe my bum!). I love seeing peletons riding up the road in the mornings on Saturdays. That’s an awesome sight. I would love to be part of that, but know that I’m not in the kind of shape I imagine they’d need or want. That’s my mind and I’m tossing that mental image out of my head.  I am not going to go to that place again and say “I can’t do that.”  I AM going to do something. My husband is encouraging me to do something I like to do.  He is worried about my physical being and doesn’t want me to be discouraged by running and he mentioned that I could potentially stop due to joint pain.  However, the cycling, he is more than happy to encourage. That’s what I need…that encouragement!!

So, do you have any thoughts? Do you like cycling or running?  What would you recommend?

Comments on: "Tossing ideas around" (2)

  1. Heather said:

    Cycling.I have a bad knee that has never been able to handle much running in my later years.I love to ride tho.I wish there was a place nearby to do so.

  2. Danielle trained for a 5K by something called couch to 5k or something like that, I’ll ask her.

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