Running Update

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I hope everyone is doing well! Today it is very gloomy in New Hampshire, and it has been raining all day. I can’t complain though, because it’s melting away all that snow we got from that storm a while back. And it’s supposed to be 70 degrees next week! I can’t wait for that. Maybe I’ll finally be able to start exercising outside again without worrying about a blizzard.

Anyway, I wanted to update everyone on how my running training has been going so far. I have officially been on this running journey for two weeks and two days. I mentioned in my last running post that I was feeling optimistic about the process this time around, and I am still feeling pretty good about my progress so far.

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Last week, I was running for one minute intervals. Overall, I feel that my experience running is not as difficult as it was any other time I’ve tried running, but I definitely felt a little tired after that first day. I have now become comfortable with running for one minute straight, which is a small victory to me. Before, I always found myself staring down the clock and wondering when I would be able to stop, but I started actually looking forward to those moments when I’m running, which is definitely a positive change.

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This week, I am up to a minute and a half. Obviously, this is not a big jump in time, but I definitely felt it when I increased the running time this week. It is mostly my legs that are getting tired this time around though, which is a big improvement, since I’m usually huffing and puffing trying to do any sort of running. I’m proud to say that I pushed through though and didn’t stop, even when I felt like giving up toward the end of each run cycle. After completing my second day with minute-and-a-half intervals, I am starting to get comfortable with it, which is a great sign.

On a similar note, I have also found that these running exercises have left me energized after my workout, instead of making me so tired that I want to drop as soon as it’s over. That feeling carries through my whole day, and I feel like I’m able to do more and be more productive. Before I started my weight loss journey, I felt exhausted all the time and didn’t really want to do much. It’s exciting for me to be able to have found something that gives me back my energy. Because of the benefits I’ve been seeing so far, I know that it will encourage me to stick with it and continue the running program.

Something else that is important is that I have really been able to easily pace myself with this app. As you can probably see, there are three days a week for the running program I’m using, which works out perfectly for me because I didn’t want to push it too much by running every day. In between the days when I’m using the program, I usually just walk on the treadmill with a small incline, and do strength training.

While it’s hard to have to deal with slow results, I think this pace will lead to success in the long run. It’s great to challenge yourself in anything you’re aspiring to do, but it’s also smart to be realistic. Realistically, I know that I will not be an amazing long-distance runner right away. It won’t help me at all to try to go from 0 to 100. As someone who is prone to burning out easily and giving up, I want to do everything possible to prevent that. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

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As you can see, I had to swap out the program I was using previously, and replace it with another free program. As it turns out, you have to pay for the full eight-week 5K program with that app. As cheap as I am, especially about apps on my phone, I was disappointed, and decided to look again for something else. No worries though, because I was able to find another free app called 10K that offers a full 5K training program without spending a penny.

It is also very similar to the program I was using before, with 3 days each week devoted to running, so I think it will be very helpful in my training process. I also like the fact that this app asks you to jog instead of run during the first few weeks of the program, because my running pace is slow enough to be considered jogging at the moment! I’m hoping to pick up the pace as I go through the program, but for now it’s nice to see that I’m not expected to be at a running pace right away.

It’s hard to imagine that in eight weeks, I’ll likely be running 3.1 miles, but I am still as optimistic as I was when I began this adventure last week. I’m excited to update everyone on how my training is going next week! I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it might help anyone who is on his or her own running adventure. Feel free to leave any running advice in the comments below, I’m always interested to learn more on this journey!

Love,

Sara

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