Running….Can I Do It?

For years now, I’ve secretly admired runners.

Those folks you always see on the side of the road that seem to run forever, never stopping.

I remember telling my husband back a few years ago about my desire to be a runner. It was the first time I said it out loud and I remember feeling like a dufus while telling him…the exact thing I didn’t want to happen. Wishing I had just kept it to myself.

When I was a kid and had to run the mile in PE class, I was always one of the kids that finished last. It seemed like the entire class would be inside the track cheering me to finish before the 12 minute time limit was reached. Telling me that if I didn’t hurry, I would have to run it again tomorrow, and it was supposed to rain that day.

With shortness of breath, pain piercing my sides and my pulse so loud in my ears it was deafening, I would finish the mile just shy of 12 minutes every time.

Boy was I glad when PE was no longer mandatory and I could choose art or photography.

I’ve never been a good runner, but I want to become one now.

This morning, with my husbands encouragement and my kids cheering me on, I loaded up my black Lab and the two of us headed to the coast.

Choosing a running partner that won’t ever utter a discouraging word was a very wise decision on my part. He was grateful for a short run along the coast that ended with a little game of fetch before heading back home. We weren’t gone long, but it was a start.

It was a small victory.

Categories: Andrzejewski, pets, Portugal
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01977752862367266113 Pastor and Judy Brodie

    You go girl 🙂 You have taken the first step. I love your transperancy. My husband and I have been walking faithfully for over two years now. I don’t like to exercise and cringe at the thought of running but I can handle walking… just barely 🙂
    Love,
    Judy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10170754432538839962 Becka

    I’m so happy for you girl,

    I on the other hand have never wanted to be a runner,
    Me & Rhonda know when its running time its also black eye time,lol(if you know what i mean)

    But I am happy for you,
    love you,

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04887884977787790642 Amrita

    Wow that ‘s great Nina. Keep it up

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00448779296171184733 Mom

    Im with you Rebecca! Those of us who are even a little top heavy know how uncomfortable running can be.
    But Nina you can do it and Major is a perfect running companion. Are you running on the beach? If so thats even harder!
    Ahhh yes, I know you can do it and maybe you could get the girls out there and get them started in a life time of running. Hey pray for me when your running!
    I love you! Mom

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01987206535600023065 Dani Joy

    Now we are multi tasking! posting for the Christmas Crunch and your own blog!! That´s so Ingenious!!! 😉

    Love it!!

    Love Major!! He is a special dog that´s for sure! Just like our Emmi. We should of named them Orphan Annie.

    Now I almost want to get out and run again. LOL It is a good feeling!

    Big hugs!!
    Dani Joy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04662751045378148853 Cathy

    Way to go Nina!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01183835861330993295 Melissa Wertz

    Good for you! I have run a few times. Like you, admire those who do, but I do not love it. I think it is b/c I have dancer legs and running hurts, at least as I get started. My legs are like lead. The Mercedes Marathon is coming up and everyone around me are training for it. The 6k, the 1/2, the full….
    In the past, I loved when I finally get my legs conditioned and started enjoying the wind in my face. You will too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09961929692808138092 Jungle Mom

    A great choice for a partner. you go girl!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09372324451070874591 The Webbs

    Good luck! I just ran my first 5K not long ago and I’m NOT a runner. Thought I would try it and was sore for days!!! My 35-year-old body didn’t know what to think 🙂 Keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    try looking up info on John “The Penguin” Bingham. He has a pretty good book called “the courage to start”-it is about how he started his running journey. Susan Davis (I work with your Mom)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10540064662050920859 Personalized Sketches and Sentiments

    What a great goal and that you are doing it. I used to run, but havent in forever, it seems! I’m afraid that my motivation and commitment is there when I have someone to run with… same way, even with walking for exercise! If one of my friends are up to it, I am more than willing; otherwise, there always seems to be something else to do!

    And what a beautiful running buddy! (So, this is the infamous panting pup on your vlog?) :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14648711711757596328 junglewife

    Good for you! I hope the running goes well for you! I used to run back in high school. I was also the one in LAST place. I was too un-coordinated to do any kind of organized sports so finally i ‘tried out’ for the track team. Our school was small so pretty much anyone who wanted to could participate in the track team. I had fun and my running improved drastically! Now it has been a long time since I have run, but I still think about getting back into it!

    sorry I am just now stopping by to comment after the Candle in the Corner giveaway! I’ve subscribed to your blog and look forward to getting to know you better. I will always read your blog but sometimes am a bit lazy about commenting, sorry!!! blessings to you!

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