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.
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 alternating...at 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 haha...it 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 running...it 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!