I am happy to say with this running update that I have officially conquered the minute-and-a-half run. Obviously, this was only a 30-second increase from what I was doing in the first week of training, but it’s nice to feel like I am slowly but surely improving. At the end of my second week, I felt confident and optimistic, just like I had the week before.
And then came week 3, and with week 3 came the introduction of the 3-minute run. I’m not going to lie, doubling the running time was really difficult for me. The first half of the run felt good, but by the end of the run, I was definitely huffing and puffing and hoping to be done. Since I had been having such an easy time of it so far, it was a little discouraging for me to encounter my first obstacle.
Although I was disappointed, I am happy to say that I stuck with the workout to the end, and finished off strong, even though I certainly felt like I was dying at some points! I think something that helped me a lot was the section of the workout immediately after the 3-minute run when I could walk for 3 minutes. Without that mini break, I think I wouldn’t have been as motivated to finish out the workout.
That’s why it’s so important to pace yourself and give yourself time to breathe. There are so many people I know who are amazing runners out there running 10ks and marathons, and sometimes I need to remind myself that I won’t get there by pushing myself too hard too fast. It is my dream goal to be able to run these long distances some day, but it won’t all happen at once.
This is part of the reason why I decided to alternate the days when I am running. Not only does this make it easier for me to implement running into my regular exercise schedule, but it also gives me a break. On those days when I’m not running, I’m still walking and doing other strength training, but the intensity is much less. I think getting into running in this way has been another reason why I’ve stuck with the program and continued to improve every week.
Even by the second day of week 3, I felt like the 3-minute run was getting a little easier. Of course, it’s still hard, especially toward the end, but I think it’s a good sign that it gets easier and easier every day. With anything in life, practice is key, and I think as I spend more and more time running, I will find it easier every time. Next week I’ll be running for 5-minute increments, so that will definitely be interesting! I’m both excited and nervous to see how that will go.
Something else that I have found interesting is seeing how the running affects how many calories I’m burning. One of these days I’m going to get a fancy fitness watch so I can get an accurate reading of how much I’m actually burning, but for now I’m just using the calorie readings on my treadmill. As you can see above, this week I was averaging 167 calories burned during the running program workout. This has been increasing a bit each week when I increase the time that I spend running, so I’m interested to see how much it will go up as time goes on.
After completing the running workout through my 10k app, I finish up my workout by walking on a low incline for about a half hour. I am so so close to hitting 400 calories burned, which is really exciting! Since I’ve started re-introducing fitness back into my life, I wasn’t really focused on how many calories I was burning. It just felt good to get back on the wagon and move more. As I’ve gotten more and more in shape, I’ve become more interested in how much I’m burning. Lately, my workouts have consisted of about 350-360 burned, which is great, but it’s always exciting to cross another threshold in my fitness goals. I’m guessing in the next couple of weeks I’ll be hitting 400 calories burned!
While I hit some obstacles this week, I’m still feeling optimistic about the way my running program is going, and I’m excited to share this journey with all of you! I wanted to start documenting my running adventures because I thought it would be cool to look back on how I’ve improved every week, but I also hope that this will inspire and encourage anyone else who either wants to start running or just get more physically fit in general. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can! Seasoned runners, feel free to leave any advice, I’m always looking for tips!