Running Update #4

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It has been gloomy, rainy and chilly all week so far, which is not the best motivator to keep moving and get out there and accomplish fitness goals. Whenever the weather is like this, it seems like all I want to do is curl up in my warm blankets and nap the day away.

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Even though the weather had me feeling sleepy and lazy, I still pushed myself to continue my workout routine this week, including my running program. ¬†Luckily (or unluckily) for me, I use a treadmill for these workouts, so I can’t use the excuse of bad weather to keep me from getting it done. Even though my feet were dragging this week, I’m glad that I made the effort, because seeing how much I’m improving and pushing myself further toward becoming a runner make it so worth it.

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I mentioned last week that I was thinking about repeating week 4 of my running program, and that’s what I ended up doing. Even though I still feel a little bad about having to repeat a week instead of moving forward, I think it was still a good decision.

On Monday I still felt myself struggling with running for 5 minutes at a time, so I’m glad that I am taking the time this week to work through that. It’s great to push yourself, but it’s also important to be realistic with yourself and what you’re able to do. I am much stronger than I was when I first started this running journey, but I still have to be aware of the fact that I am not a seasoned runner yet. Slow and steady wins the race, so I can take my time!

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Today it seems to be going a bit easier though, so I’m optimistic about how this is going. Sometimes, I really have to stop and think about how far I’ve actually come in a few short weeks. Although I’m slow still, I am running for five minutes at a time! That is so crazy to me. Years ago when I tried running the first time, I couldn’t even run a minute without giving up.

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That first week or two was still difficult, but the real difference is that I pushed through and went with it even when it got hard. I didn’t really think about this when I accomplished this last week, but I am now putting in 3 miles on my running days. Now, obviously, that doesn’t consist of all running, but it’s still 3 miles and essentially a 5K.

My ultimate goal in all of this is to be able to run a 5K, but at least I can now say that I am able to do it in 70 minutes. As I start increasing my running time I’ll be able to do it in even less, which is so exciting to me.

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Something else that I noticed this week is how running is affecting me both physically and mentally. I’m still only losing about a pound a week, but I see my legs getting stronger and smaller. My thighs have always been a big problem for me in terms of where I carry my weight, and I definitely can see how running has helped, even in the five weeks that I’ve been doing it. I had a post a while back about non scale victories, and this is definitely one of those non scale victories. Seeing my muscles grow stronger is so much more important to me than the number on the scale.

Running has benefited me mentally as well. Seeing how I’m improving with my fitness has given me a confidence that I lacked before. Being able to accomplish these running goals makes me feel like I’d be able to accomplish anything that I set out to do. That sounds cheesy, but it is so true.

It’s also been an amazing stress reliever. Being able to focus on improving my health instead of my random worries and stresses has really been a blessing for me. I’ve mentioned this before, but any form of exercise used to seem like torture to me in the past, so it’s great that I’ve been able to find something fitness-related that gives me purpose and calms me down when I’m stressed.

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As I continue on this running journey, I will try to keep this positivity up and remember the amazing reasons why I am doing this. I’m anticipating some hard moments ahead, especially as I continue to build up my running time, but I am still just as committed as I was when I started. I know it will all be worth it when I achieve that long-term goal of running an entire 5K.

As always, if you have any running advice, feel free to leave your thoughts! I am so excited to share this journey with all of you, and I’d love to hear about yours!

Love,

Sara

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