I did as promised & went out first thing Sunday morning and as I was running I kept thinking..
“my time is going to be great! I am running much further distances at a time than ever before [since I started running again, that is]”
But then I got home & figured out that my mile even with all that running is STILL over 15 minutes! How the heck am I still so slow?
How long does it take to get from a 15 minute mile to a 10 minute mile?
I want a 10 minute mile..
So I am struggling a little with being disappointed in myself for that. I feel like I should be improving on my time at this point especially since I am doing more actual running & less walking…do I really walk as fast as I run cause that is really kinda pathetic.
So I was so excited that after my first time out in my new Vibrams my legs & feet were not sore…so I went again.
Then I was afraid to get out of my bed this morning cause I thought someone had sawed off my feet in the night.
It is only the backs of my ankles that hurt, that’s it.. but holy geeze are they sore.
Sooooo, I did nada yesterday and some squats today & that is IT.
Tomorrow I am aiming to get out first thing in the a.m. before we hit 90 degrees again *gag* and just get it done so that anything I do throughout the rest of the day is just a bonus burn. I am certainly not looking forward to continuing this through the summer before going on the cruise but at the same time I am excited to see how I handle it. I am MOST excited to run a full 5K…start to finish. 🙂
Okay…not really…I am MOST excited to go on vacation but the 5k will get me by until September! I want to be one of the crazies [that I may or may not have made fun of in the past] that runs everyday on vacation. AND…my Vibrams will barely take up any space in my suitcase so I have room for more souvenirs.
It started a few weeks ago when I went through the worst pain e.v.e.r. Literally. Ever. Child birth was a breeze in comparison to a severely infected wisdom tooth. Had that removed and then tweaked my back then got sick….all that and my running career took a hiatus.
Started back over the weekend thanks to my hub and feeling totally fantastic. Even went out & got some Vibram’s!!! Wore them for yesterday’s walk/run and shockingly I have zero pain in my feet & legs like I thought I would! My ankles were mildly sore last night but today I am 100%! I feel weird in them…like I am running in socks. Weird.
The “big” news now….
Well, I have 2 things that could be considered “big” I guess, one FAR more exciting than the other…
1) Our first 5k is at the end of May!! The hub & I plan to do it together and I want to run the WHOLE thing!! (this is the least exciting but most ambitious of the 2)
2) We booked a cruise for Sept.!!! This will be our first vacation in almost 4 years and I am more excited than words can accurately describe.
So now comes the change in my workout…not only am I working towards a faster mile for the 5k but ALSO to get in [much much much better] shape. A shape other than round. A less lumpy shape. A shape closer to that of say…Jillian Michaels. I am eating tons of fruit and trying to stick to mainly water but I hate, hate, HATE dieting so I am trying to stay away from that term or concept by aiming for healthier foods instead of limiting myself to “X” amount of calories or carbs or fat or whatever each day.
164 days and I’ll be running the deck of a cruise ship :o)
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.
1. If you set out to write a blog about something you should actually post occasionally. Gaining readers is largely based on having something for them to read. (I know, shocking!)
2. Do not make excuses like “I’d rather eat Valentine candy while I read free Kindle books,” instead of doing what you set out to document in a fairly regular blog. (unless you set out to actually eat Valentine candy & read free Kindle books, that is….in which case, good for you!!)
3. Avoid wearing your hoodlie with pockets specifically so you can tote said Valentine candy along while you run..it defeats a lot of the purpose.
4. Do NOT whack your funny bone on the corner in the bathroom when you sit down to pee, it really hurts.
So, there you have it! I am not only physically lazy but lazy about blogging as well!! I have run, not near as much as I SHOULD be running, however. Today was BEAUTIFUL too, I would have had a fantastic run but I kept thinking how comfy I was sans sport bra and sneakers. BUT…..tomorrow I AM going and making it an extra long one! The kids are going with my in-laws to the zoo for a few [glorious] hours in the morning which leaves me open to run like the wind!!! More like a reeeeeally gentle yet kind of awkward breeze but I won’t have to worry about hurrying home to make dinner or any of that such nonsense! WIN!
So the little tracker on my nano does not give me my distance, only how many steps I took. I guess I will have to map out my route to get the distance and stick to it when I go.
It rained on Friday and though our road is paved there are a lot of roads in my neighborhood that are dirt. As I said in one of my first posts, I prefer to run on the dirt so I stay on those roads. Well, dirt & rain makes mud, shocking, right? I was really fine with it because the mud puddles were not so big that I could not jog right around them. It was a very quiet afternoon around here & I only saw 2-3 cars while I was out. What are the odds that one of those few cars happened to pass at the exact time I was jogging by the largest of mud puddles and not have the courtesy to go slowly or even wait for me to pass? The odds are pretty good, apparently. 5 minutes in and I was soaked. And dirty.
I COULD have gone straight home & made the excuse that I was cold in the 50 degree air. It would have been easy…justifiable even. But I kept on, pulled up my [now wet & cold] big girl panties & stayed out for 25 minutes! Day 2 success! My calves & ankles feel fine today too!
Q: SO…Am I a runner NOW???
A: Again, not even close. (but slightly closer than before)