Up and Running: The Training Begins for Real

By Megan Cox

So, the doctor gave me the magical thumbs up yesterday. I am now stamped with approval for physical activity. This morning I gazed lovingly at my new running shoes (as you know, acquiring them with a toddler and newborn in tow turned into quite the affair). Anyway, I said to my new kicks, “My dear running shoes, I believe we have a date.”

And I’m super excited. I totally am.

Except, now the work begins. No more talking about training and my love of running. Time to put my money where my mouth is—a.k.a., feet to pavement.

How will my legs respond? Remember, they haven’t run since the beginning of my second pregnancy, which is, oh, at least eight months ago. And they haven’t completed any long runs (five miles plus) since 2009 B.C.( which in my world stands for “before children).

I certainly have quite the challenge ahead. Especially because my training will be taking place indoors more than I’d like. My toddler goes to a children’s day out program twice a week, but I’ve still got my little man with me, and at six weeks old, he’s not ready for the YMCA childwatch (the gym has an outdoor trail) or my running stroller (which isn’t recommended until your kiddo reaches at least five to six months of age due to their immature neck muscles).

Not that I like my running stroller anyway. First of all, it’s secondhand and veers toward the left. Secondly, remember my comment about the Oklahoma wind? Well, running strollers, especially with the shade down, act as a sail too. And there’s nothing like running uphill with what feels like an open umbrella.

Where does that leave me? It leaves me on the treadmill, counting minutes and trying not to collapse of boredom. Thankfully, I’ve got a sweet list of upbeat songs ready to go on my IPod, so maybe that will be enough to get the motivation flowing. In fact, I’m always open to suggestions for great running music. Got any?

Well, the next time I write will be after my first run. Wish me luck! I’m gonna need it…

This is a guest post by Megan Cox, an Oklahoma City-based novelist, writer and contributing blogger for HalfMarathons.Net. Learn more about Megan at her website.

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