I Want to Be a Runner

March 8, 2012 | By More

I had a dream last night that Nate wanted to move us out to California. I thought it was cool and would be a lot of fun but when we started talking more about it I started having anxiety and my palms were getting all sweaty. I was literally having a panic attack in my dream. I was thinking but what if I got pregnant I wouldn’t have any help and I’d have to have my baby out there. I woke up trying to figure out if it was real or not and was listing the pros and cons in my head. Weird. Very Weird. Any who …


If you read my What I Learned this Weekend post on Monday you know that I want to try to run. You’re probably thinking where in the world did this come from. Well …

One of my best friends lives in Chicago and we’ve known each other ever since we were in Kindergarten. In fact, we lived with each other throughout college and even shared a bedroom for two years. I was talking with her this past week and she was telling me about this marathon that she ran. I was thinking that she was going to say she ran a 10k or something like that. No, this girl ran 26 miles. 26 miles!!! Are you freaking kidding me. I literally almost fell off my chair. First off how in the world do you run 26 miles and second off why in the world would you run 26 miles?

After I hung up the phone with her it got me thinking, if she can run 26 miles I can at least run 1 3 miles. Right? I’ve always wanted to like running because it would be so easy for me to get in a workout. With my total workout being 30 minutes rather then 3 hours. Pilates class is fun and I really enjoy it but to get CK all packed up, trying to time up his naps with my class, drive 30 minutes and then workout it’s just not really worth it to me. It’s time consuming, draining and just too much at the moment. All I want to do is walk out my door run off some steam and come back half hour later feeling freshed. Is this too much to ask?

I am a little nervous, I’ve tried running a few times but I pretty much gave up because it was so boring and I felt like I was going to die. And honestly who wants to feel like they’re dying?

But I want to try again and I’ve heard that once you get past a certain point; it actually starts becoming enjoyable. I wish I could just fast forward to the fun part and not go through all the hard work but I can’t. So my out of shape behind that literally jiggles when I run or jog (thanks to pregnancy) is going to try this again.

I’m not really sure where to start, but I did download the app Couch to 5K.  Anyone have this app? How did you add music or Can I just put Pandora on and still have the prompts come through?

So, I guess my next step is to actually get running shoes. I have tennis shoes but they are from like 2 years ago; I think it’s time for a new pair.

Any recommendations on what shoes to get?

Which ones do you have and do you love them?

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  1. Jenny
    Twitter: JennyBrewton

    Personally. I think the couch to 5k program is a great starting point. I know several non runners who started with that and it has worked great! Myself included. I’m pretty sure you can listen to your music and still have prompts come through. Honestly, music is what gets me through my runs. I have a pair of Nike’s that I love and use the Nike+ app to keep track of my pace,time, and distance

    • Susan says:

      I think listening to music will be the only way for me to enjoy it. So this Nike app thing is it part of iphone or what is it? I’m so new to all of this stuff … how does it keep track of everything?

      • Jenny
        Twitter: JennyBrewton

        It’s kind of hard to explain in text but it’s a calibration system that syncs together and yes it is part of phone.

  2. Christie
    Twitter: koesterRuns

    Go to Fleet Feet Sports right there in Birkdale! They will look at your feet, have you try on a few pair of shoes, and even watch your running form (your gait). They will help you figure out which type of shoe is bet for your feet- which is a huge part of running. You don’t necessarily have to purchase shoes from there either. I usually go online or shop around to find my shoes at a cheaper price. Good luck, Susan! Excited to read about your running!

  3. Amy says:

    Go to a running store — get fitted for proper shoes and buy some good socks. Cotton ones lead to blisters which = no fun! I have balega socks that I LOVE! Also, get fitted for a good athletic bra. Having a good one that fits also makes a world of difference.

    Second, the couch to 5k is a great program. However, I find that I enjoy just doing a 2 minute (or 3) run with a 1 minute walk. It is just enough time to recover. You must have a watch with a timer on it though.

    And this really works — I finished right behind two girls who ran the whole race while I did the run/walk thing! It was kind of gratifying to know that I could keep up with them even though they were running the whole thing! :)

  4. Michaela says:

    I agree with Amy, fitted shoes and a good bras make such a difference!!
    Also personally I find that some cute running shirts help ;)
    I hope you will enjoy it!

  5. Jen says:

    The C25K app is good, but I like the run keeper app better. You can create your own program (such as a walk/run combo as Amy suggested), or use on of their programmed ones, and the voice prompts come through with your music. If you are running outdoors, the GPS tracks your mileage and average pace. I am also a fan of the Galloway method of running and walking. If you don’t use the Runkeeper app and don’t have Nike+ sneakers, but want a tracker, you can just order the Nike+ chip with a little case that hooks on your laces on amazon.com. Have fun!


  6. Libby says:

    So glad you’re inspired to run!

    Definitely get fitted for shoes! I highly recommend fleet feet too! I went to fleet feet in Chicago to get fitted and they were great. Get a good sports bra and running shorts like Nike (this will prevent chaffing)!

    I use the Nike+ gps app. I downloaded it onto my iPhone and I run with my iPhone so it works out great. It plays your iTunes playlist when your run and syncs up all your running data to Nike.com. You can also set up running challenges for yourself and play tag against your friends on the app. I’m going to buy the Nike+ watch soon, its just really expensive!

    The last recommendation I have is to sign up for a race! Before I ever ran a mile outside I signed up for an 8K with a friend. Then I had no choice but to start training a month prior to the race. Soooo…. maybe we sign up for a race together this spring/summer and I’ll fly down to NC and run it with you?!?!

    • Susan says:

      Yes! Let’s find a race; I need motivation! By the way have you decided more on a date? Try coming sooner then later :) Like June maybe?