Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lefty Righto Ley-uft...

I haven't done any serious running since the academy, and I'm rather torqued off at myself behind it.

Recently, I have decided to actually get off my lazy ass and do something about it.

One day I just decided to throw on my running shoes and go do a mile. Ya know what? I was winded at the end, but I felt great.

Two days later, I went out again. I did a mile and a half and felt like I could keep on going.

After a few trips, I am again able to run three miles without walking. Next I have to work in some hills. There must be a water tower around here somewhere (anyone who attended the Alameda County Sheriff's Academy, as I did, will get the reference).

The big motivator for me, has been cadences. Those of you who are or have been in the military will know exactly what I mean. For those who don't, I present you with this. Scroll down and play the first one, "Cadence Medley".

I loaded some of these onto my MP3 player, and I listen to them when I run. It helps me to keep an even pace, and it motivates me to keep going. Just like in the academy, when someone was calling cadence, it kept everyone going.

All I know is that I am really glad to be running again. I forgot how hard it is to start, but how much I really like it once I'm moving.

13 comments:

USAincognito said...

I am thinking that when I move into my new 2 bedroom place next month that I will invest in a treadmill so I can actually get back to running. Since it is winter here darn near 9 months of the year, it is too dangerous to run out on the ice/snow (and i hate breathing in the cold below zero air anyway). And I am going to invest in some free weights, as well. I gotta get myself motivated to get back to working out!!

The Dispatcher and Her Officer said...

Hoooah! I too have recently become motivated. I am not overweight, just outta shape, and pressured by my beautiful bride, needed to get running again. I was thrown into overdrive by a flutter in my chest (at 36!) which my doc did a full cardiac work up and sent me to the cardiologist. They came to the conclusion it was a lack of sleep and too much caffiene. An anomolly. Cleared me to get exercising! You better believe I am on it! I got too much to live for! So, with the exercise, I am sleeping more, and cutting way back on caffiene. Feeling a lot healthier and need it for work anyway. Officer

Lorig209 said...

the famous ASCO water tower...the funny thing is that my husband never wants to see a water tower again in his life! LOL! we will really think you have lost your mind if you start running while holding rocks!!!! be safe out there!

The Dispatcher and Her Officer said...

Officer Smith Way to go!!!!! Keep up the great work!! -Dispatcher

Officer "Smith" said...

Yeah, don't plan on ever seeing me carrying rocks again.

Me said...

Keep with it. The Next Army Ten Miler's in 51 weeks in Washington, DC.

And if I can do it, I know that for damn sure you can.

I'll even put you up for a couple of nights if you want to come in to run the race.

TheBronze said...

Running sucks!

Smitty, good on 'ya for getting on it.

Berserk said...

My best friend (who works out for a couple of hours every morning, and runs a mile and a half in about the same time I run a half a mile) once told me "Running is like banging your head against a brick wall. It feels good to stop."

We're both still running a few years after the academy, but I have to agree with that statement.

Officer "Smith" said...

"The Next Army Ten Miler's in 51 weeks in Washington, DC."

Well, I guess I have 51 more weeks to work in another 6.7 miles, huh?

Just don't outrun me.

Me said...

Me outrun you? You got twice as many feet as I do. That means you should be able to go twice as fast.

Officer "Smith" said...

Don't bet on it. I can sprint, but I'm pretty slow for distance. If I haven't caught the bad guy after three fences, he's gone.

Tonya said...

I'm a runner too and Military cadence has always been my secret weapon! I keep it on hand for those times when I just need to get through.that.last.mile. This is the CD I bought about 5 yeas ago and I love it. http://www.amazon.com/Run-Cadence-U-S-Marines-vol-1/dp/B00005O3W3/

My other secret weapon song is "Air Forces Ones" by Nelly. I don't usually care for rap/hip hop, but The beat is very steady throughout and you can't go wrong running to a song about shoes.
You can listen to a sample here:
http://www.amazon.com/Nellyville-Nelly/dp/B000067RPH/

Liz said...

Keep it up, guys! I've made a goal to run three times a week. It's especially nice to get out when the sun is up. I run until my feet get numb (from the snow) and I get a cough from the cold air. It takes about 15 minutes for my toes to start to get cold, so then I turn around. It's not much, but it's something. And when my toes get numb, it reminds me of "Me", who runs races, RACES, for pete's sake, with one foot.