I went to bed last night thinking I would not be able to run today. I decided to make sure I did not take any kind of pain medicine/anti- inflamatory last night or today so I could really listen to my body. After a full day of cleaning and kid’s birthday parties I felt great and decided to go for a run. It rained though and the humidity was atrocious so I decided to hit the treadmill. Today was 1.75 which I have previously struggled with so I was nervous. I don’t know if it was running on the treadmill (which I have always heard is easier) or just being inside out of the heat, but it was so much easier. Like seriously easier and I felt like I could have gone past the 1.75 but I didn’t want to push it.
Mile 1 = 10:16
2 mile total = 21:36! Average of 10:48 min/mile
I increased my speed in the second mile so that helped my overall time. Although it was on a treadmill, this run was definitely the confidence boost I needed to keep up the work.
Sometime between when I blogged yesterday and 5:00 that evening I became SORE! Really really really sore. I felt so great after my workout and spent a good deal of time stretching so I just did not see it coming. It is all on my right side(hip, groin, and thigh) and I could barely walk by the end of the night. I did some ice on different areas, took some Aleve, got an awesome massage from my husband (LOVE you!) and went to bed. I woke up still a little sore but nothing like the day before. In the training schedule, Fridays are always rest days which means Fridays are going to have a whole new meaning for me. Obviously it is the end of the work week, which is amazing, but now it will always mean a break from running which after a long week with 20 5 and 6 year olds will be well deserved! So I am going to enjoy my Friday and hope that everyone relaxes and enjoys theirs as well! Happy Friday!
Day 10 was a rest or a run/walk day. After being in the pool with the kids for 3 hours I opted for a day of resting! We had an amazing time at the pool and the kids swam the whole time! Alana has been working on floating on her back all summer and she did it on her own yesterday for the first time. Cameron was a little fish and “choo-chooed” all the way around the pool. Since I rested, I did do some stretching and ab work at night. I am still amazed that I was not sore from the 1.75 on Tuesday.
Day 11 was a 1 1/2 mile run and I did the whole thing without stopping! Not even a quick stop to catch my breath or anything. My progress is definitely slow and steady but it is encouraging to see some positive changes. Mile 1 was 10:28 and the 2 mile total was 24:26.
I am still working through some changes in my body though that are a bit puzzling to me. I did not think I would lose weight right away from starting to run but I certainly didn’t think I would GAIN weight. I have gained about 5 pounds in the last 11 days and I have no idea why. I am eating less and more healthy and exercising more. I keep thinking about it and the only reason I could come up with is that my summer eating habits are catching up with me. However, on second thought I began wondering if I am retaining some water from the heat and exercise. My weight always fluctuates on a daily basis but the fluctuation is up by about 5 pounds which seems like A LOT to me. I am already over what I would like to be by about 5 pounds so adding those extra 5 pounds on is frustrating. I am wondering if there is anything you can do to reduce this amount or retention if that is indeed what is going on. Other than that though I am confident in the training process and excited to continue working hard!
When I was running today there was a JV or Freshman football team out there and the poor kids were exhuasted from running. They were doing sprints over and over, blah! Afterwards they had to run a few laps around the track. This thought went through my head as I was watching them struggle and sure enough when I came home and looked online Nike has a slogan for it.
Day 11 Advice: don’t think. run.
I did it! Well…my version I suppose. Today was 1.75 miles and I have not been able to do more than 1 mile yet so I was determined after 2 easy days to accomplish this goal. First mile time was 10:40. The next three laps I ran with a 5 or 10 second break sometime during each one. So although I did stop for a second I started back up. I have not been able to do that yet so I am ecstatic!!! 2 mile time total was 23:14 or 11:37/mile, a definite better time than previous 2 mile times so I am feeling great about that. The other good thing about today’s run was that I am not nearly as sore as previous workouts. Some improvements are being made for sure.
On a sidenote I am having trouble with my fingers swelling when I run. I can’t even wear my wedding rings without it being painful. Any ideas why or suggestions?
Also here is my jog.fm playlist if you want to check it out:
I will create more playlists as I keep going but for now this one is great for motivation. Yes, there is a Britney Spears song on here but I am telling you when it goes into the break it is awesome. Great beats! After a little research on the song I learned the guy that produced it, Dr. Luke, produced another song on my list “Dynamite” as well as many other artists on my list. Interesting.
I spent the morning in my classroom moving furniture and the reality hit that I have one week until the school year officially begins. Once the school year starts, the challenge of making time for the workouts will become much more difficult. It is easy to devote yourself to being a teacher, taking the work home everyday even when you have other things in your life you should be doing. As my fifth year of teaching begins I am still struggling to find the balance. Each school year I have many professional goals, I am excited to dive into this year of teaching with a personal goal in my life. I know it will help me say no more often when I need to because I have personal and family goals that I need to accomplish.
Today’s workout was very low impact, 30 minutes on a recumbent exercise bike and some upper body strength training. The BEST part of today’s workout was that I could not find my headphones. Yes you heard right, the best part was that I could NOT find them because it resulted in Glen letting me borrow his. He kept telling me to try them because “they would change mt life” but I am a creature of habit so I kept saying no it’s fine I have some of my own. Well I tried his and they are AMAZING. They are wireless and amazing (did I say that already?). There is no way to describe them so here is a picture:
If you have an iPhone you can listen to your music and press a button on the earpiece to answer your phone. They fit into your ear much better than regular ear buds of any kind I have ever tried. Finding these made me excited for tomorrow’s 1.75. I think I can, I think I can.
I am happy to say that I made it through week one! I have heard that it takes 30 days to change a habit or make new habits so I figure I’m almost 25% there! Each day is a small victory. Making the time in my schedule for working out has been a challenge in the past and I am ready to make that change. Everything I have read says that trying to change more than one habit at a time is a recipe for disaster. So for these first four weeks I am going to focus primarily on sticking with the workout routine. After the first 30 days I will continue with the training and try to make some big changes with my diet that need to happen. Currently, I have made a conscious effort to consume more water and more protein but that is really as far as my changes go.
Today was a walk day so I did 35 minutes around the neighborhood which is nice and hilly so it’s a good workout. Tomorrow will be either run/walk or cross-train. Tuesday is supposed to be 1.75 miles and I would really like to be ready for that so I may just do something at the gym so I can do the 1.75 on Tuesday. I honestly find in incomprehensible that I could ever be running more than 1 or 2 miles! Here’s to hoping…
Day 6 – The rest yesterday was great and had me excited to get up and get going this morning. As I mentioned before I am bringing Glen along in this 5K training process. So this morning he came along to run with me! I am still struggling to get past running more than one mile at a time and I find myself getting REALLY frustrated that I can’t keep going. It was great to have Glen there today to remind me that I am only in my first week of training! Haha, I’m looking for results now! He was also so encouraging in letting me know that even being able to complete one mile in the first week is an admirable accomplishment.
He stayed in pace with me and we ran the first mile in 10:34, we kept running but I could not make it through the next lap around the track 😦 so we finished the second mile walking. I am wondering how the heat affects your running because this Atlanta heat is intense! I am still proud of getting another 2 miles under my belt. Everyday is progress!
Day 6 advice: Be patient. Get a support system.