Friday, May 01, 2009

Nike Dreams and iPod Reality

I love running - at least the idea of running. I love looking at the shoes, the clothes, and enjoy the latest in outerwear technology. The electronic component is even better - how fun to run when you can know everything about your run - your distance, time, heartbeat, etc. I bought the Nike-iPod-thingy-for-your-shoe last year, and think the idea is great.  

However, I'm not sure what my Nike-iPod combination really does for me. Unfortunately, all it showed me about my running was that I am not a runner. I didn't meet any of my goals, and I failed at all my challenges. (On that note, I thought the challenges were pretty badly matched. I wanted a challenge - like "Run 50 km in a month" - to keep me motivated. In the challenge I joined, most of the members had reached the goal on the second day. Not very encouraging for the rest of us...) I did realize that I was running about once every three weeks... and that does not a runner make.

So now comes spring, new weather, new motivation - and summer pants that no longer fit. I have started getting up at 5.30 every morning to do something... run, Wii Fit, eliptical... something. And it is going... well... Anyway, I'm not as fit as I once was, nor am I getting fit as fast as I used to. But so far, I'm on track to meet my first Nike-iPod goal, and today was the first run (of 8 in this fitness go 'round) that I actually started getting a "wind" - we're not going for second wind here - I'll settle for the first one. 

So here's hoping I can keep it up!

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