Wow, no aliens.

Running for me comes with two physical feelings. The first is that burning of the legs. I am learning to move past that and eventually it does lessen. The next feeling is horrific. Remember that scene in Alien when the creature burts out of the chest. You know the one I am talking about. That is the exact feeling I get. I know that despite the pain it means that my heart and lungs are getting stronger.

I have been working at walking for 5 minutes, run for 90 seconds, walk for 2 minutes and repeat 6 times. I decided to go for endurance instead of speed. I know this means less of the alien feeling meaning less cardio work-out but I needed to boost to my self-esteem. I ran longer than the 90 seconds and for the last rep I ran for all my might. That familiar, horrific alien bursting feeling came back. It had not left me. But, I will take comfort in the fact that it means my heart and lungs are getting stronger. I will not die from the alien feeling. I can actually do this.


About jodyweymouth

I have worked as a portrait photographer in a studio for several years. Leaving the studio setting and working for myself has allowed me to capture creative and custom photographs that will be cherished for years to come. I grew up in Newfoundland and lived in Prince Edward Island. Surrounded by these beautiful landscapes influenced my photographic work. I love natural candid photographs that trully captures a person and their surroundings
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2 Responses to Wow, no aliens.

  1. Wendy says:

    You go Jody!

    I started running a few years ago – one telephone pole length run, 3 lengths walk – and I recall that feeling from Alien. I haven’t experienced it in many years.

    You are awesome!

  2. jengalle says:

    I love your metaphor! It can certainly feel that way sometimes. I think you’re smart to do endurance instead of speed. When I started running, I found that I had a lot of trouble sustaining it for very long. My husband came with me on a run and told me that I was going way too fast. I slowed it down, and I was able to run for much longer.

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