Remember that whole overindulging thing I was talking about in my last post? I definitely overindulged during the Memorial Day weekend and didn’t track what I was eating quite as carefully as I should have (including a greasy Chinese meal one night,) but that’s life!
In between all of the overindulgences, I have still managed to increase my running time to 10-minute intervals of running, which is what I wanted to talk about in today’s post. In the past week and during the beginning of this week, I have pushed myself to go from 8-minute periods of running to 10 minutes. A 2-minute difference doesn’t seem like much, but it definitely felt like it that first day when I tried it out!
For this running workout, I did 5 minutes of brisk walking, a 10-minute period of running, 5 minutes of walking, another 10-minute period of running, and finally a cool-down of 5 minutes of walking. That’s 20 minutes total of running, which is pretty crazy to me! Of course, it’s an incredibly slow running pace, but it’s still running. I know I say this with pretty much every running update, but I still can’t believe all of the improvements I’m making with every week. When I first started this running journey, I felt like I was going to die after 1 minute of running, and now I’m running for 10 minutes, which is great and more than I would have expected.
I’m also burning an extra 38 calories with these 10-minute runs, which is another exciting improvement for the week. It’s nice to see that all of the effort is paying off, especially since those extra 2 minutes are difficult! To be honest, I think burning anything over 300 calories per workout is good, but I still celebrate when I’m able to burn a little bit more each week.
As you can see, that brings my overall calorie burn up to 442 calories. I’ve explained this in a previous post, but after I’m done running, I take about an extra half-hour of walking on a small incline, mostly because I like to workout for an hour when I can. I also think it’s nice to walk a little bit after putting my body through all that stress with running. I still remember when I was happy about burning 300 calories during my workout, so to see that number jump up to 442 is exciting. It will be interesting to see how that number changes as I add more and more running to my workout!
Another thing I’ve been noticing lately is how much running has helped with slimming down my legs. This isn’t necessarily surprising, because obviously you use the muscles in your legs the most when you’re running, but I’ve never been comfortable with how my legs look, so it’s nice to see stronger muscles replacing the extra fat there.
In terms of where I carry weight, my legs have always been a problem area for me. Even when I was walking regularly, that extra weight tended to stick to my legs no matter what. Because of that, I have always been self-conscious and avoided wearing shorts and skirts whenever I can.
In addition to feeling unconfident, I also just felt uncomfortable wearing shorts because they always felt too tight. I would wear loose leggings and yoga pants any day over that.
This week, I decided to try new things and actually went shopping for shorts. In fact, as you can see above, I picked out a bright coral pair of shorts, and they fit perfectly! I didn’t feel uncomfortable, and when I tried them on, I actually liked the way they looked on me. I went on to pick out a couple of jean shorts as well.
Being able to buy and wear shorts comfortably is just another amazing benefit that I have enjoyed since starting my running journey. I have never been a confident person, so being able to gain a little bit of confidence makes all of the hard work worth it. I still have a lot of work to do, but being able to like the way I look is so important and makes me even more motivated to continue my running progress.
I hope that you have enjoyed this little running update! I have really been enjoying sharing my progress every week with all of you. Do you have any running tips for a relatively new runner like me? I’d love to hear them!