My friend, Deborah, coined the term "runnish" to describe what she was doing for exercise. She didn't feel like she could say she was actually running, it was more of just a runnish. I like it. It's a good descriptive word. And that is why I'm stealing it for today.
I've started to "runnish" lately. I say lately because I've only been doing it for a couple weeks. There is a 10K in March that I feel a responsibility to enter, so I've begun the preparation process. I created a play list called "RunFast" and filled it with all the best songs. It's an eclectic smattering of tunes. Here are a few just to give you an idea of what keeps me motivated:
There Goes My Hero--Foo Fighters
Since You've Been Gone--Kelly Clarkson
Air Force Ones--Nelly
Baby--Justin Bieber (I know, I know, but this became my theme song while I was pregnant.)
The Sweater Song--Weezer
Bust A Move--Young MC
Lip Gloss--Lil Mama
I know it's a totally random mix. But it's about what keeps me going, right?
So back to my training. A 10K is 6.2 miles. Not much in a car. Hardly challenging on a bike. On foot...makes me feel weak just thinking about it. But I'm determined to complete the race without walking. So I downloaded Couch to 10K on my trusty ipod (yeah, I don't have an iphone, you wanna make somethin' of it?), added my playlist, and started on day 1. It was OK. I didn't die. I didn't even want to die. That's a good sign. This may be feasible. So far I've completed through week 2. I've even gone alone once and didn't cheat. My confidence is growing.
Here's the catch, though. I hate, hate, HATE the treadmill. It's just so boring. Snooze-fest on your feet, except that you're gasping for air. Thus far I've been able to "runnish" outside because we've had an unseasonably warm January. But the weather is changing. They are predicting 6-10 inches of snow in the next couple days. I can't really afford to put off my training schedule or I'll never be ready in time. I fear I may have to resort to the treadmill. Blech.
I wonder if it would count if I ran in place in my living room for the whole time? I wonder if anyone has tried that? Hmmm...