I recently began running. Throughout my life, I played sports but I’ve never liked running. I’ve logged hundreds of miles up and down the basketball court but distance running is a whole new ball game, so to speak.
On the recommendation of a friend, I started the Couch To 5K program. It is a 9 week program for beginning runners. It starts you off slow with a mixture of walking and a few short runs. Each week you progress to more running and less walking until you are able to run a 5K straight through.
The first few runs were brutal and I’m ashamed to say that I could barely run 3 minutes without feeling like my lungs were going to burst and my body was going to shut down.
Runner’s have a term called “hitting the wall”. It’s a very real condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, which manifests itself by sudden fatigue and loss of energy. It is something that runners take seriously. But there is also a mental wall that runner’s can hit. This is a response to your mind, not your body.