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.
So I was all dressed in my running clothes (my one outfit I have for the task) and by the time my hub got home it was black out and since we live in the sticks I was not about to venture out because I am a wimp….and it is hard to carry my gun in running clothes. I did do some stretches that I found for runners and a little kickboxing so that putting a sports bra on was not a complete waste at least. The stretching felt amazing and I will most definitely be doing them before & after every run from here on out.
I did get a prize though… the hub brought me home a tiny little iPod nano 🙂 I spent the evening adding all my music & getting it all set up. I am super happy that it just clips on & I can go… however it does not have my running app to track my pace & distance so I am little torn. There is a pedometer on it that I think will do basically the same stuff other than keep me on a timed routine but I would much rather take the tiny nano than my big ol droid.
I sincerely hope that the rain lets up long enough at some point this afternoon AND that the hub is home so that I can go do this. I am so ready for day 2!
Ok, not killing me but hurting really bad, at least.
Today will be my second day out there.. doing my thing. This time I KNOW how to use my app to track my time & distance and I have my playlist all set. Today I shall be moving to the sounds of Katy Perry, Jay Sean, Black Eyed Peas and Keith Urban. The songs I picked add up to about 25 minutes of fantabulously booty-shaking listening pleasure, perfect for my 20 minute routine & 5 minute cool down.