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Proud to say (and not at all ashamed of this self bragging moment), that I did accomplish just that! I even managed to do 2 full laps running without stopping. But otherwise, I was consistently running one full lap & walking a half lap in between. It's a small celebration but for a super beginner, it's something to be proud about! And if we're being honest here, I'm wildly out of shape so running around even in a slow jog, is a serious improvement!
Then on my second run day, I actually ran on the treadmill at a friends gym. There were definite pros & cons to this. The first thing I realized, was I really missed the fresh air of running outdoors, the nice breeze keeps things fresh & not so hot or sticky like running in a gym. I also missed the fact that even when running around a track, I felt like I was going somewhere; even if it was just in large circles. On a treadmill I just couldn't get past the fact that I was running, but I wasn't getting anywhere.
However, on the treadmill, I could tell that I was moving at a much faster pace that I had been on the track (I amped it up from a slow jog, to a jog), and I felt ok! My pace improved from 14:30 earlier in the week to 13:02 on the treadmill. I even felt more motivation to run faster to finish a lap, giving me a 10:26 pace for the last lag of each lap. That really put a 5K into perspective. Roughly, a 10 minute mile to me sounds like a solid goal to have come the 5K in May. But now I got a tiny taste as to how much faster I need to move my legs to achieve that. I'll get there.
Oh and let me just put this picture in your mind. I'm running on the treadmill, I got a good pace going but the new song on my iPod just isn't doing it for me so I go to change it...only I somehow drop my entire iPod and it flies behind me since it caught the treadmills wind. So I had to act cool, stop and go find it all while pretending this was a part of my plan. At least I didn't fall of the treadmill too...
What has really helped me after getting back from a run is doing yoga to really stretch out. I want to make sure I'm treating my muscles right & I've been improving my flexibility little by little as well. So when I get home, I hop on my tablet, go to YouTube & search post running stretches. My favorite one have been yoga sequences like this one. Proper stretching & really giving myself an extra 15-20 minutes to stretch has made my body as a whole feel better the next day.
I made the mistake in week 1 of not properly stretching for one day & walking the day following was so painful. Going up stairs really required mental power to help me through it. But after taking the time to stretch, the days following aren't tremendously painful. I still feel sore, but it's not unbearable. It's the kind of sore that weirdly feels good because you know it's from challenging your body!
Goals for week 3 include: Keeping up running 2 laps at a time, going out for at least 4 runs by continuing to make the time for a run, enjoying the run more & improving my running playlist!
Speaking of a running playlist- what songs get you pumped up to run or workout? I've been tweaking my playlist but am still struggling to find the perfect songs! The current songs that pump me up without fail are: The Band Perry's "Live Forever", Kelly Clarkson's "Heartbeat Song" and Demi Lovato's "Confident'.
Comment with your favorite workout jam!
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