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Becoming a runner. Day #1

Monday, July 22, 2013

My new workout clothes! The top is actually a size large...I bought the xl at first but it was too big. I wore it today and am still wearing it because it's comfy and cute. emoticon

Well I took the plunge and downloaded the "Get Running" training app for my iPhone. It had really good reviews and was cheap and seemed like it wouldn't be too difficult.

I tried it shortly after I got home from school. . . it was still really nice out. (Not now though). I had some trouble with the app--it paused at first and I didn't realize it. I had read that it doesn't measure your pace or distance--it only does intervals and gives you the plan--it counts down how much longer you have to run and alternate walking with) so I also ran runkeeper in the background to get the data I wanted. But then I figured it out. I was trying to keep my phone in a fanny pack with headphones so I could listen to the prompts and my music but that didn't really work---the phone got pulled out by the headphones and fell...good thing I have an Otterbox Defender case or my phone would be smithereens right now. I just held the phone instead after that.

Okay-so the app gives you 8 intervals of running (1:30 minutes each) and 1:30 minutes walking least for the first day. I did it! I think I might have cancelled one of the runs by accident but I'm not entirely sure seemed to go too fast and I had clicked a button by accident, but maybe it was just a good spurt of running...not sure. Either way, I managed to do the whole routine.

The two most difficult things about it were that my shorts were too short/loose and my thighs were rubbing together making it uncomfortable, and my breathing pattern. Breathing was and always is a trouble spot for me when I've tried to run in the past. I kind of figured out a method that improved that though--I would breath heavier when exhaling and push it out hard from my mouth...I don't really know if that's a good method or not, if anyone knows or has some helpful tips let me know!!

I was really slow in combination with the walking. I think I can run at an okay speed, but the walking in between really suffered after I'd do a spurt of averaged out to be about 4mph with the walking/running combo. I did that walking on the treadmill the other day and it was super intense (did it for 45 mins), but I have never been able to maintain that kind of a pace outside on my own without a treadmill. So runkeeper was saying I broke pace records for walking because of it. Yay!

Overall it was a decent experience. Tomorrow is a rest day (according to me and the app) although I'm going to do something different for exercise that's not running...idk what yet. Probably my bike? I'm looking forward to the end of the app when I can run a non stop 30 minute run! However, I think it might take me more than the 9 weeks it says it will, which is fine by me as long as I eventually get to that goal!


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    I love running (though you wouldn't know it during my 1st mile and the last 1/2 mile--I've seen my face and it's grumpy looking, even though I know it's intense concentration--lol).

    Because I didn't really know what I was doing when I started the C25K program a couple years ago, I didn't have the right pace, so at the end of the program, I could fairly easily run for 30 minutes, but it wasn't 3 miles. *sigh* Anyhow, I had the bug and kept running for about 18 months (yes, I was able to run for up to 90 minutes--which sounds impressive, but wasn't since it only got me about 5 miles--lol). Still, I liked it. Anyhow, about 6 months ago life happened in a crummy way and I stopped taking care of myself. I'm starting over and getting back in my groove for running (so, in a way, we're both beginners). We can cheer each other on.

    As for the nasty chafing issue...I've tried Body Glide which is highly recommended, but it still wasn't comfortable, so I finally bit the pride bullet and just bought a few pairs of "biker" shorts that wick moisture aways and have little to no friction (thanks to the wicking I no longer look like I wizzed on myself after a run). My legs look like overstuffed kielbasa casings, but running isn't as "uncomfortable." I can concentrate on pace, breathing, etc, and not "OMG OMG OMG my thighs are bleeding and raw." LOL

    May our thighs soon hate each other and never "talk" to each other again. emoticon

    1677 days ago
    Congrats on your decision to run. I have been wanting to love to run and though I have done a 5k I can's seem to get my love for it. It was great reading about our decision. Good luck.
    1677 days ago
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