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Getting stronger.

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.

 

Walk.

 

Run.

 

Walk.

 

Run

 

Walk.

 

Run.

 

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.


It’s about time…

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.

whodathunk?


forced to be lazy.

Okay, not FORCED but almost. In the past 7 days there has only been ONE opportunity that I could should have gone running.

one.

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.


Day 1

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.

bleh.

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.