I hope everyone is having a great Monday! I thought I would start out the week with another running update. In the last week, I stuck with running 10 minutes, walking 5 minutes, and running 10 minutes again instead of increasing the running time. Even though I think I was doing pretty well with running 10 minutes, I wanted to give myself another week to get more comfortable with it.
Sometimes, I think running can be just as challenging mentally as it is physically. There are some days when I still don’t feel like I can push myself to finish a running workout. Even though I know I am able to do it because I’ve done it successfully in the past, my mind has a way of holding me back and telling me I won’t be able to do it. Having this kind of negative attitude definitely affects how my workout is going to be. Those days I’m feeling down are usually the days when I end up just feeling exhausted at the end of the workout instead of feeling energized.
I think that’s another reason why I am always hesitant to increase my running time. Even though I’ve been pretty successful every time I’ve increased the running time so far, there is always that moment of doubt when I feel like I won’t be able to do it this time. I’m afraid to push myself too much and I still take baby steps even when I could be pushing myself just a little more. I think that’s part of the reason why it’s taken a week longer to increase the running time from 10 minutes.
I have been working on building up my confidence as a runner during the last week, because I don’t want anything as silly as doubtful thoughts holding me back from improving and getting better. I am happy to say that I finally took the plunge and ended up running 12 minutes at a time today. Now, a 2-minute increase isn’t all that much, but it’s an increase that gives me the little push I need to keep improving.
I’m not going to lie, I definitely took a deep, nervous breath before I pressed start on the treadmill this morning, and tried to tell myself that I would be fine. I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but I am a firm believer in positive affirmations and what they can do in your life. At the beginning of my workout I kept telling myself that I could do it, and you know what? I did it, and I didn’t even feel like dying after. I had nothing to be afraid of.
If any of you have been following my running journey for a long time, you’ll probably remember that I had decided to take a slow approach in getting into running. I’m still planning on going at my own pace and going slow when I need to, but I think it’s equally important to push myself every so often, especially if I feel like I have negative thoughts slowing me down. Obviously, I don’t want to push myself too much and risk an injury, but there’s nothing wrong with pushing myself a little bit each week to strengthen my running.
Whenever I start a new week and increase my running time, there is a period of time where I’m a little uncomfortable and feel sore after, but that’s all part of the process. I shouldn’t be afraid of breathing hard or having tired legs, because in the long run, I will only get stronger. As you can see from this update, there are definitely still days where I feel down and unconfident in my running ability, but I am always working toward shutting those doubtful thoughts out and going forward.
In addition to my running update, I also wanted to give a little update on what I’ve been enjoying lately for healthy food. I’ve said this before, but I am absolutely obsessed with greek yogurt and fresh fruit for breakfast, but it has been getting boring lately. Since it seems like summer is finally here in NH with 90-degree weather, I decided to pull out my Nutri Ninja and make some smoothies!
For the one I made yesterday, I put strawberries, greek yogurt and ice, and blended it all up until it had a thin consistency. Now obviously, this isn’t exactly different from what I’ve been eating for breakfast, but even the small twist of turning the greek yogurt and fruit into a smoothie is enough to make me feel like I’m switching things up.
Today I made one with half of a banana, blueberries, greek yogurt, and ice, and I’m excited to try out different combinations this summer. I’m going to start adding some baby spinach in there as well to add extra nutrients. When I first got my Nutri Ninja blender for Christmas, I made smoothies more often, and now that the warm weather is finally here, I know that I will enjoy using it again.
I like to use greek yogurt as a protein source in smoothies, but I’m interested in trying out different protein powders as well. Leave a comment if you have protein powders that you would recommend, I’d love to hear your suggestions!
I hope that you have enjoyed this running update, and that you might be able to find inspiration to push yourselves in your own journeys. As always, I would love to hear any running tips you have for me. I’m planning on running 12 minutes this week, and hopefully I’ll be able to increase that to 14 minutes next week. We’ll see!