In an effort to stop my seasonal weight gain I have started running again...and not like I used to. This spring I was pretty into jogging for a few months but I rarely pushed myself, it was more of a relaxation technique than a challenge.
One day I was doing my favorite new hobby - surfing pinterest- and saw a few pins about running and ways to motivate yourself to push harder. LEt's get one thing straight, I have NEVER been good at running. I was always one of the stragglers in gym class who marveled at people with 6 minute miles. It's not an activity I enjoy but to be honest, with the great weatther and my penchant for loud thumping music I found the idea appealing.
So I did my research and downloaded the MapMyRun app for my iphone. I got some good tunes and went for it..I took the same route I usually jog, just to see my time and get an idea for a baseline measurement. My 2 miles took me almost 30 minutes..yikes...what a turtle!!
But I did that route three more times last week, adding a few blocks here and there and pushing myself along the way...Here's where you start getting some advice:
I would run from one driveway to the next then slow to a walk for two drive ways...Each day I pushed a little farther- run for 2 driveways walk for one..three driveways walk for one.. It kept me from getting too winded but it kept me going.
Sunday I did a 'big' run for the week- 4.5 miles. I decided I wanted to do a longer run once each week in addition to my daily work outs. This would be something that would help with my endurance..let me just say, it was painful. I came home with four blisters and a new found appreciation for band aids. Still, it felt GREAT to accomplish that! I can't wait for my 5 miles on sunday!
This week I started running one full block at a time, let me say, it's not as hard as you think! I'm really impressed at my progress so far. I never hold myself back either, if I feel I can do 2 or 3 blocks I just go for it!
I make myself go every day. This sounds daunting, and some days IT IS. But even if I only do a mile, I still go.
I of course have noticed a difference when I run and I have been dealing with the blisters and the cold weather..but yesterday I had my first reward.. I was running up 2 flights of stairs (IN HEELS) because I was late for a meeting. When I got to the top I noticed something amazing- I wasn't winded. I didn't have to stop outside the conference room to catch my breath. It was a major victory.
So now I just need to get rid of my monster blister (my own fault for not adjusting my laces!) and I'll be ready to tackle my long sunday run.
The gist of it is this, it feels good to have a routine..I come home, get dressed and go run. I even look forward to it now and am disappointed if I can't make it. I think this might just stick..