Celebrating a run

July 21, 2011

I was going to continue my train of thought from yesterday’s blog, on choices and decisions. Instead, I decided I would rather write about how great I feel after going for my second run this week.

I joined the Survivor’s Running Clinic at the Running Room. This is a free clinic for those of us who have survived breast cancer. I invited another friend, and fellow survivor, and she joined me in the clinic. Monday night was our first night.

I have not been exercising at all the past few months. I have not been exercising very much the past year. So I am really out of shape. On Monday, we ran for one minute, then walked for two minutes. I felt like I was going to die. It was hard and I was breathing heavy. It took the full two minutes of walking to recuperate before I was able to run again!

Tonight I went out running with my friend again. We did the same thing: one minute of running, then two minutes of walking. It felt better but I was still having a hard time finishing a full minute of running. It only took one minute of walking before I was able to recuperate. That was an improvement. We still walked for a full two minutes though.

I hope that I can run again this week. Maybe I’ll go out again on Friday. The goal is to run three times per week. I will keep the same running routine: one minute of running followed by two minutes of walking.

The clinic is held every Monday night. For the first half hour, there will be discussions on different topics. I’m looking forward to the discussion on the proper type of shoes to wear. Every Monday night starts a new running routine. Next week I will use the same running routine but I will complete ten sets. This week I only have to complete six sets.

I have completed this training routine before. Three years ago, I used this routine to improve my running. After three months, I was able to run 10 kilometres! I was able to run for 40 minutes straight, then walk for a couple of minutes. I did this three times in a row! That’s quite a big difference from where I am now: barely able to run one minute! But three years ago, I was in the same place. I had a hard time back then to run one minute. So I know that I can do this. I also know that in three months, I’ll be able to run for 40 minutes straight!

I am not planning on entering a race event this year. Three years ago I entered the Royal Victoria Marathon. Maybe when my friend and I get close to running 40 minutes straight, we can talk about running a race. Right now, I am quite happy to simply be able to run for one minute!

To find out information on the Running Room’s free Cancer Survivor’s clinic, go to:http://www.events.runningroom.com/hm2/?specialty=1

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