#9: Please don’t make me run…

Funny story to start us off this evening.

Just last night I was doing laundry and, for reasons I don’t feel like explaining, I have to go to the house next door to do it. Don’t worry, I know the person. I’m not over there doing ninja laundry or anything. Anyway, so it’s late and dark and there are coyotes around. I’ve had nightmares where I’m attacked and eaten by packs of coyotes and wolves so, naturally, I’m a little bit of a wuss.

I decide to do the ‘brave’ thing and make a run for it. But before I can even lift my leg off the ground to start running, I sprain my ankle. I SPRAINED MY ANKLE PUSHING OFF TO RUN!!! No feet were off the ground when I injured myself. What’s so sad is this happens frequently. Curse my weak ankles.

Just one more reason I’m trying to get in shape. What if the zombie apocalypse really does happen? I would be one of the first to go, and all due to faulty ankles.

I refuse to go out that way.

So as you know, I am on a Journey to Fit! I already created a workout program that I think will work for me. For all you fitness gurus, let me know if anything I talk about is stupid or wrong. I would really rather not injure myself because I am not an expert.

My three main concerns are:

  1. Strength
  2. Flexibility
  3. Endurance

1.) For strength I plan on lifting weights 3x per week. I’m fortunate enough to have a combination of free weights and resistance bands at home. My schedule looks something like this:

Monday – Upper Body + Abs

Wednesday – Lower Body

Friday – Full Body + Abs

2.) Flexibility is probably my biggest problem. You remember the fuzzy sock story… To combat my inflexibility, I plan on doing a beginner’s yoga video almost every day. I’ll use it sort of as a post-workout stretch. I like this chick because she’s a no-nonsense kind of girl.

3.) And finally, endurance. Obviously I’ll be doing some cardio. I might start off trying 3x per week, but if it’s just too much I’ll drop it down to 2x. This will happen on the days I’m not lifting weights.

Now I’m going to be honest, I am not a runner. I don’t know what to do with my arms and my feet make a weird curve out to the side as I bring them forward. It’s awkward for everyone involved. Add to this my weak ankles and a bum knee from a bad car accident and you have me questioning life itself. I hate it. I find it incredibly boring and it hurts everything.

And that’s probably why I need to start. I have zero endurance. Nada. I also know nothing about running. I did so much research about running for complete beginners. I got the shoes, I got the gear, now all I need is a training program.

And I found one. Yippee…

Running for Beginners

I linked the picture to the original site, but I made it a little girlier and more appealing to my taste. My reasoning is, if I don’t like the way it looks I won’t use it.

I figure this is a pretty good start. I’ve got my June calendar all filled out for with my workout plan. I’m going to lift weights tomorrow morning before work. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Wish me luck my friends!

And again, I am not a professional! So for any professionals reading this, please tell me if I’m about to seriously injure myself. Appreciate it.

Also, any tips from reformed running-haters on how to actually get enjoyment out of it, that would be appreciated as well.

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