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I fought a fear and…who won?

I did…well sorta.

I have had a fear now for about 15 years. That fear you might ask?….RUNNING outside. Huh?

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Okay let me explain. I hate running. Actually more specific, I hate running outdoors. From the age of 10 until my freshman year of college, I played basketball year round. I was in excellent shape – I will admit it I had a HOT body. I could run for miles on a tread mill, run sprints on the court, run stairs for conditioning: but one thing haunted me! Preseason conditioning in high school. Why you ask? We had to run a MILE outside. Although I could run 3 to 4 miles on the treadmill then do an hour of step aerobics, I couldn’t run that mile outside and it was humiliating! To say the least. I dreaded the very thought of it. My stomach would tighten, my head would pound, my mouth would get dry and my hands would sweat. I would start out the run and within about 100 feet, my chest would begin to tighten and the mouth begin to swell and hurt. I never could finish the run without stopping to walk and catch my breath.

Up until a few years ago, I never understood why I couldn’t, but once I graduated from school, I never tried running outside again. Until yesterday! Yes my friends, I Cortney, conquered my fear of running outside, and yes all of those things mentioned above came back to haunt me. Why am a so obsessed with running outside? I came to a realization a few weeks ago, that I may not always be as fortunate living 300 feet from my fitness center, the rest of my life and running seems to be the best fitness activity I can do around everyone’s schedule. I could just get out of bed before the family wakes up and go for a run. Besides that I was getting motivated by all the chatter about the Couch to 5 K from friends like Andrea from Mommysnacks. Yes Andrea, you have inspired me to take up running again and to actually run outdoors!

A few years ago I got sick around mid September – just a basic cold I thought. Until this cold didn’t go away and by the time early November came around I was almost at my wits end. Finally going to the Doctor, he informed my that I had a severe sinus infection, caused by, ALLERGIES. I have never had allergies, or so I thought. But after thinking about it, I remembered I did get “sick” around the same time every year. This same time was right around the time of preseason conditioning. So the sysmptoms I was experiencing during those dreadful mile runs, were symptoms of allergies! I never knew!

So as a New Year’s resolution, I promised myself that I would run a 5k by the end of the summer! And yes, I do know I have to do a 5k outside. I have been training on the treadmill. Even though I have had a recurring knee injury, I am able to run around 3 miles on the treadmill at a time.

This past week, after finally getting frustrated with my knee issues, I went to a local running store, Up and Running,  to get a new pair of shoes. They were great. They fitted my foot and found that my super high arch falls every time I step down and that my shoe size changes a size and half with every step. A reason why I have some issues finding a pair of runners that don’t make my feet and legs hurt. I decided to buy a pair of Mizunos. The nice lady who helped me also reminded me that to run a 5k I am going to have to run outside eventually! Thanks!

My wonderful hubsand, bought me a running outfit, for my birthday. I love that he is so supportive of me, no matter what I am trying to accomplish! He bought me a pair of Mizuno running shorts, a Mizuno running tank and a Brooks Runnig t-shirt. I am a little vain in the fact that I have a big issue with my work out gear matching my running shoes. If the logo shows, it must match the shoes. I know! You don’t even have to say anything.

But hey, Mizuno and Brooks PR – if you catch wind of this post – hook a beginner runner up!! Please!

So now I had no excuses. I have a new pair of runners, new socks and a new outfit. Now to face my fear! Check back tomorrow to get a humorous account of how my first run outside was.

5 Responses to “I fought a fear and…who won?”

  1. Best of Luck! I have a resolution to run a 5K by the end of the year and find myself so much more comfortable running on the treadmill than the road. But I can’t seem to a 5K that is a race using the treadmill as your running surface :)

  2. Joanne Adams says:

    I’ve never been a runner but always wanted to. I recently went to a local (PA) running store and got a pair of Mizunos and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! You’re now inspiring me to get off my rear end and start training with the Couch to 5K! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us.

  3. MommyAmy says:

    Congrats on getting inspired! I really need to start some form of exercise again… as soon as this sinus infection clears… UGH!!!

  4. I had no idea you didn’t like to run outside! And, I feel so honored that I have inspired you to hit the pavement! You will do awesome!!!

    And, I just registered for the 5k at King’s Island (for this Saturday). You should do it with me! I will totally stay up with you and make you laugh so hard you pee your pants!!!…or break out into an asthma attack! One way or another, we’ll remember it! :) Seriously, I hope you do it! If not, I have my eyes on one for June too.

  5. Becky says:

    I love my Mizuno wave runners! They are the most comfortable running shoes I’ve ever had. I’d never even heard of the brand before I bought them, I just liked how they looked :). Keep up the great work! I’d much rather run on a treadmill too – TV keeps me more engaged than mother nature!

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