I am amazed at how quickly my body has adapted to running. My breathing is better, my heart rate seems better… that first day I was short of breath after minutes and counting down until I could turn around and go home. My past few runs have lasted 45+ minutes and I recover quickly too!!
I am not fast.
and I stink.
I start with walking fast for 5-10 minutes then run as far as I can.
You get the idea.
I pretty much run as far as I can then walk until I recover then run as far as I can again and so on.
Today I would look ahead of me & focus on something…a mailbox, a tree, etc. and not stop running until I got to whatever it was and that seemed to work pretty good. It’s a good thing I have poor eyesight though. 😉
My last 2 runs have averaged a 13 minute mile, much slower than I thought. I WAS aiming for something ridiculous like an 8 minute mile by the end of my 3 months but I feel like 10-10.5 might be more attainable and realistic.
My playlist today was 90’s rock, the stuff I loved back when I was skinny & DID run an 8 minute mile! It made me think I could run a whole mile without walking but after 2 blocks my butt literally detached itself from my body, bounced around in front of me & smacked me in the face for thinking such a thought. I was scared so I just walked for the next few blocks.
ps. not a runner yet.
Yesterday I FINALLY got to get out & run. Well, in all honesty I mostly walked fast but I worked up a good sweat doing it. 28 minutes total.
I went pretty early on thinking that getting it out of the way was best (plus it was a fantastic excuse to avoid the laundry) and I am SO glad I did because it rained for the rest of the day! A tiny part of me was a little irritated that I did not wait & have the excuse of rain to use but it was a very tiny part…probably my sweaty boobs…which really is not a tiny part at all, I guess.
There is one spot where I come down a small hill & the view straight ahead is a horse pasture and at that moment the breeze picked up & I felt so good about myself, about moving my body and sweating & breathing deeply…it felt so so so lovely that I decided right then & there that I will include that particular hill on my run as often as I can.
Oh, I totally thought that it was going to be the up beat songs that kept me at a good pace so that is primarily what I have on my playlist. Well, a very sad song came on, one that makes me think of very very sad times & events and it somehow pushed me even harder than the faster songs seem to.
Okay, not FORCED but almost. In the past 7 days there has only been ONE opportunity that I
could should have gone running.
I did not take it either because laundry was beckoning me and the hub is not fond of going to work pantsless. (what a baby. right?)
So I have a question for you today!
What is your bad weather/sick kid/afraid to run in the dark because you live in the sticks where there are no street lights & possible crazies workout?
Yoga? Jumping jacks? A particular DVD? Dancing?
I need some motivation to continue building endurance while I am unable to get out there & run!
I need motivation because I am pretty sure I heard my butt & thighs cry out in desperation when I sat on them in front of my computer yet again.
They’d appreciate anything at this point.
Got some shoes! Not the Vibrams like I originally wanted because…well, I was too lazy to drive the 30 minutes to the nearest place that carries them.
with both my kids.
and it was raining.
In all honesty, the more I thought about it the more I talked myself into “regular” shoes. If I [by some miracle from God] happen to fall in love with running after these 3 months THEN I will invest in the funky toe shoes.
Basically, I think I will never be getting them.
But the ones I got are nice & comfy! Got a good sports bra too!! (sorry, no pic for that one.)
So today will officially be my FIRST on this crazy road to becoming a runner. I just have to wait for my hub to get home. I will be following the routines from the running app that I loaded on my Droid. Day 1 is called “20 Minute EASY Workout.” I sincerely hope that description is accurate.