running goals

Friday, October 05, 2012

So, I think I need to set more goals besides just weight loss… I don’t dare make measurement goals since I’m not sure what thin girl inside of me has measurements of…

At the gym I was running at a 4.5 mile pace for 15 minutes (at my top end) but then was told I needed to up the pace so I went up to 5.0. What a difference that .5 made… I really had to scale back and build back up again.

Let it be known that when I started I could only run maybe 4 minutes at a 4.5 pace. It doesn’t happen overnight and a steady pace is key, but I need some goals.

Right now I’m running at my high end 10 minutes at 5.0…. yesterday I was exhausted and didn’t run but 6 minutes but I was exhausted and frankly just happy that I made it to the gym for some movement. I think I will start including this on my Saturday weigh ins since this is a pretty big accomplishment for me and the better I’m running the better my health and stamina are becoming.

Friday 9-10 minutes at 5.0 pace

Sat-Mon 10 minutes at 5.0 pace
Wed-Friday 11 minutes at 5.0 pace

Sat-Mon 11 minutes at 5.0 pace
Wed-Friday 12 minutes at 5.0 pace

Sat-Mon 12 minutes at 5.0 pace
Wed-Friday 13 minutes at 5.0 pace

Sat-Mon 13 minutes at 5.0
Wednesday 14 minutes at 5.0

I’ve always admired people who could run… to me it is just the height of fitness to see someone jump on the treadmill for half an hour. I will be doing ab exercises 5 times a week and I do a bit of arms a few days a week as well.

I have never been a “runner.” I don’t mind (well didn’t since I don’t do sports anymore) running in sports, actually it never felt that tiring. What did bother me was running stairs for basketball or laps around the track… I never got why I hated it so much an why some of us struggled more than others. I believe that I didn’t “build up” to the amount I was running and then despised it because I got so tired. Not this time. It would be a dream come true if I could run 30 minutes straight and even enjoy it.

Not everything is about weight, but making non weight goals are just as important since they go hand in hand with weight loss.

Happy Friday all! And remember, just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean you need to throw away this week’s hard work! I weighed in at 167 even this morning…. I am hoping to be somewhere in 166 tomorrow for my weigh in and am having an atkins shake for lunch while I do some homework!
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    It really is not just about the weight - it is so much more. I want to run too and run until I do notg feel jiggle. I am one that can not run on the tredmill - it is just something about that and it makes me laugh. You are doing very well!
    1893 days ago
    Wonderful! I could never run on a treadmill, not sure if its a balance thing or what, it i used to love the elliptical at the gym I was at. Now I run outside which is different in itself definitely. Great job on making goals around fitness! Good luck!
    1894 days ago
    Hey there! I followed a Spark friend ^^^ over to your blog. You have some great goals laid out. I wish you much success and you have given me something to think about as I ease into a running routine. You are a rockstar because I can't even run 4.0 for a long period of time but I will get there! emoticon emoticon
    1894 days ago
    With your determination I can see that you will be running 30 minutes straight while enjoying it in the future! You are rocking it :)
    1895 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/5/2012 2:21:19 PM
    Keep on pushing girl. Running is a great fat burner, and I'm going to work on my running this weekend. I use to run a lot back in the day with my friend, and we ran track together 2 years in highschool -so the running is in me. I just have to let go of the. I'll be tired and do a running HITT program. You are doing great with all your non scale victories, you my friend is nothing by pure motivation.
    1895 days ago
    I find even walking for exercise alone to be boring as dirt. I love music but listening while exercising still doesn't generate enough interest for me to see it as anything but drudgery. Probably the only way I'll ever get myself to either walk or run consistently is to find some way to give it either a practical or an entertaining component - like saving money by walking instead of taking the car, or playing a game while running.

    The key for most people, I think, is to keep investigating what keeps you from doing something and keep trying to figure out a way to MAKE it doable. Fortunately I am REALLY stubborn, so eventually I'll find my own key to walking and running!
    1895 days ago
    I encourage you with your running. I have never been a runner. In my younger days I could not do what I can do now. I find it easier to run outside my daughter prefers the treadmill. Take it at your pace and you'll see those minutes add up. And after the minutes the speed will add up. Shoes matter. emoticon The thing I find that helps me most is to relax my upper body. Like I said I'm no runner but that is what helps this old gal get out there. I average about 2 miles in 20 minutes but I can pull 32 minutes if I am doing a 5K. I only share this because last year I could only run .25 mile and then it took 20 minutes to get my breathing back. emoticon

    You are doing GREAT! The non-scale goals really do help in pushing to the next level. emoticon
    1895 days ago
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