I can't believe that it's week 4! Where has this year gone? I'm still loving the program. Just like last week, I cannot look at the run as a whole. 2 rounds of 5 minutes at a time? That scares the jimmies out of me. Just 5 minutes of running? I can do that. And I did. I did it 2 times.
I had my first trip to a running store over the weekend. I had a moment of "Oh crap!" when I first walked in the door. I couldn't shake the fear that I didn't belong there. There were a few people in the store, and I couldn't help but think that these people were going to figure out that I'm an imposter. I had to remind myself that I am a runner. I might not be the best one, but I'm working at it. As long as I don't give up, I'm going to be great. BTW-Everyone in the store was friendly. No one pointed, stared, or bit me!
I bought my first pair of for real running shoes. It’s a shoe that promotes balance. They are light weight, sturdy, have a good tread, and have bright lime green laces. I happen to think they are very snazzy. The owner of the store is very, very nice. He made me take off my shoes and walk around barefoot so he could examine my step to see if I had bad arches or if my feet pronated. The shoes were reasonably priced, and he didn’t try to upsell me. That impressed me. He invited me to come running with his group on Saturdays. I'm going to take him up on his invitation. Turn out, his store sponsors most of the races in this area. These are people that I'd like to get to know better.
The only downside of running (for me) is that it is lonely. Very few of my friends share my passion for activity. I spent years and years sitting on my butt. I'm so grateful that I can run, kick, and play; I think I may over do it sometimes. I'm looking forward to making new friends who do like to run. Somebody has to get me, right?