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Day 51 - Couch to 5k Week 2 Day 1!

Monday, April 01, 2013

I did it. I woke up today feeling blehhh... grouchy, wanting to sleep in, knees were mad, IT bands were tight... I thought about skipping it... then I remembered how good my runs made me feel, and I reminded myself that I had an entire day to be lazy and rest up yesterday... my body was ready, but my mind wasn't. But, I made myself do it anyway, and I'm sooo glad I did.

I had to take the running slower today because of the longer intervals

Me after the run.. squinting from the sun

It wasn't too bad! I think I can try it a bit faster Wednesday, even. There were a few points that I was really pushing, feeling like I couldn't do it.. but I could, and I did. I became my own Jillian Michaels in my head, repeating to myself, "straighten up, chin up, breathe in through your nose and mouth, use your diaphragm, engage your core," just repeating these over and over and focusing really hard on my breathing rhythm. That really helped... running posture and breathing are so absolutely critical.

On my way back home after each run... I am greeted by this ^
OH JOY OF JOYS. These stairs get my heart rate up faster than running ever could. I hate them, but I love them. They suck, but I know they're good for me. It's a bit of cross-training for my quads, and it is helping me get into better shape.

Now, off to stretch and shower. emoticon
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    This info helped me. I will talk to self and motivate me from the inside out. It is way too easy to not do the work. But it is so worth it when you do. I am-was-in a slump. Thanks for the tips.
    1847 days ago
    Those stairs look like almost any street in my neighborhood... SO hilly and the terrain is awful. (We are on the top of the hill in any direction so coming home is an uphill battle!)

    Way to go. I am loving some of those interval times. You are awesome!!
    1847 days ago
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