Well, I have to say that a week in, I definitely surprised myself! Here’s a little run down of how I felt about it all:
Thursday 8/1: Am I insane? I’M GOING TO DIE!
Friday 8/2: This isn’t so bad.
Saturday 8/3: I didn’t want to run, but my dog woke me up early so I went to the park. It was a beautiful morning and well worth it. Plus, I swam for over and hour that day.
Sunday 8/4: No run. Rest day!
Monday 8/5: Treadmill. Nothing too great…I was in a terrible mood that morning! Watched beauty videos on my iPad.
Tuesday 8/6: This is the day I surprised myself. I thought no way could I run a mile without stopping, but I can! Yay! I don’t know why I assumed I wouldn’t be able to do it. Listened to: Run Lola Run soundtrack (I love that movie).
Wednesday 8/7: THE DAY FROM HELL. Hot and miserable, ran on choppy concrete, and it was windy. Still, I made it and was initially planning on taking a rest day, but didn’t want to! Listened to: Paul Oakenfold Creamfields Volume 1 and Run Lola Run again.
Thursday 8/8: Really great run. Ran a mile and a half and walked another 2.5 miles. Saw a lot of people on the trail too, including an older guy walking his senior golden retrievers. *Day.Made.* Listened to: Lady Gaga, Jock Jams Volume 1 because I AM SO ‘90s!!!
So, in a week I have surprised myself quite a bit. I haven’t been very sore, except that Sunday, but I think the swimming did me in. Using the Nike+ app keeps me motivated, and my sister is using it too. She said I inspired her to get back into running, which made me SO HAPPY and feel amazing! 🙂 I am hoping to visit her in a couple of weeks. Maybe by then I can keep up with her…I doubt it though. 😉
I made a few running related purchases throughout the week that have been helpful. First, Danskin leggings. How did I ever live without these? They fit me perfectly and don’t get in the way while I’m working out. I also bought a small waist band to hold my phone, iPod, and a key while I’m out. It’s by Marika and I found it at Marshall’s. This has been really useful since I often run with my border collie and need to be hands free for the leash. The pack just stays in place around my waist. I also bought a few shirts because let’s face it, even when I’m a sweaty mess, I still want my clothes to be stylish! 😉 I also had to pick up insoles for my shoes, which was the most important purchase. My feet are SO flat it is ridiculous.
Now for something REALLY scary: There is a 5k race in October where the proceeds go to a local animal shelter. My sister wants to run it..my husband wants me to do it. I’m terrified to sign up. What should I do??? On one hand, it would keep me motivated. I also know that I am highly competitive athletically and would probably die trying. The race is October 5th, so it’s still a good two months away. Any thoughts?
Thanks for reading!