For the first time in about a month, I ran a mile last night. I wanted to run two miles but ended up walking the second mile, which is perfectly fine. I think last night was probably the hottest weather so far that I’ve run in and I could really tell a difference. By the end of the run I was dizzy, nauseated, and had a throbbing headache. Unfortunately the headache is still with me 16 hours later. It will just take my body a bit to get used to running in the heat. I didn’t hydrate as well as I should have yesterday and I think that played a big part in it.
I mentioned in my last blog post about a book that I’m reading entitled “No Need for Speed.” This book has changed my whole attitude about running. I am not a runner because I’m fast (I’m very slow), or because I am thin (I’m most definitely not thin), or because I am a gifted athlete (not even close), or because I look good in my running shorts (we won’t even go there…). I am a runner simply because I run. Period. I don’t have to be fast or talented or look like I know what I’m doing or even look good trying. I just have to get out there and run. It’s the same for you. I realized last night that if it weren’t for slow runners like me, the fast runners wouldn’t look nearly so fast. So really, I’m doing them a favor. Haha. If you want to see if running is your sport, I highly recommend that you get out there and give it a shot. It may take a while before you actually enjoy it. But don’t give up! Go through a program like I did. My church offered the “Run For God” program that baby-steps you to becoming a runner (click on the link at the right to take you to their website). And remember, you don’t have to be good at it – you just have to try!