My friend from our Seattle days, Lindy, is a runner. She does marathons, etc. A few years back, my then seminary-wife friend, young Jessie, ran a half-marathon here in St Louis. Now I see that my friend from Atlanta, Jennifer, is running in 5ks and 10ks. I am always impressed when I learn about their achievements, and I always encourage them. I have lots of other friends who run for exercise, too. But at my size and with all the failed exercise attempts of my life, it seems running is not for me.
Well, I have been thinking about it alot, and I finally asked Lindy what she would recommend for someone like me who is way overweight who would like to start running. She recommended this book:
I ordered the book used from an amazon seller, and last night when I was killing time at Borders, I read the first chapter. It was inspiring. The author, John Bingham, was 43, a smoker, overweight, etc., when he started to run. He advocates walking and interspersing short runs until you run out of breath throughout your walk to get started. He writes a column in Runner’s World magazine, and I looked at that last night, too. The starting program in it advocates just walking 30 minutes 3 days a week, and on the opposite days going out to walk and interspersing it with running.
I’ve read a lot of inspirational diet and exercise books before. I have participated in a lot of diets and exercise programs before. I have even lost lots of weight before. But here I am years later with nothing to show for it. It might be that I will start this and not keep with it. It might be that I will start it, and I’ll be able to run, but I’ll lose no real weight. However, if I don’t give it a go, I’ll never know.
So, here’s my goal–to be able to go on a hike with my 4 kids at a local state park by my birthday toward the end of July without being winded. I don’t think it is too lofty, and it gives me a motivator. We’ll see.