I’ve started reading and enjoying poetry again. And it all started with the poem below so I figured I should include it here. Most people know it from “G.I. Jane”. As I was flipping channels the other day, I managed to catch the last minute or so of the movie, when the poem plays an active role. Upon hearing it I found myself sobbing like a baby. It’s like the best words of advice anyone could give me in the form of this beautiful poem, and it just touches something deep inside of me. Amazing. So the first line has become my running mantra. It just repeats in my head, “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself … I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself … etc.” It’s helpful, keeps in my mind the important parts of what I’m doing.
Speaking of which, today starts week two of the run/walk program. I have to admit that I’m fairly nervous to see how it’s going to go. Today I start doing run one minute, walk one minute over and over and over again. Seems pretty daunting. I just don’t think that walking for one minute is really going to give me enough time to catch my breath. Crap. I have so many questions that I need to ask! How about if I post them here and if any of y’all know the answers then just let me know, ok?
1. If I’m thinking that one minute isn’t going to be enough time to catch my breath between minutes running, does that mean I’m going too fast?
2. How do I protect myself from shin splints? Especially because the slower I run, the more my shins hurt. Someone recently told me that’s because I’m running up on my toes (like a sprinter does) so I’m going to check out my stride today and then figure out if that’s the truth.
3. Why do my knees hurt when I run slower? The difference in knee pain between running 5 miles/hour and running 4.8 miles/hour is most definitely noticeable.
I think that the absolute best thing for me right now would be to get some sessions with a personal trainer. I’ve got so many questions related to fitness and nobody to ask them to. I need someone who’s right there with me, you know? And, especially right now, it’s just so super important that I don’t hurt myself. Hmmmm … maybe that’s something I’ll look into. See how much it costs.