Week 3: My first bump in the road

Alright, so yesterday I missed my run because the night before I had some serious allergies, I took Benadryl… and you know what happened. Couldn’t get up the next morning. So today, I did yesterdays run which was 30 minutes alternating 2 minute walk, 3 minute run.

Everything was fine until I was on my third cycle of 3 minute jog and my shins and calves started hurting. I kept going thinking that maybe it was soreness, but it wasn’t. I had shin splints or something. I tried stretching it out. Didn’t work. Go figure. From that point, I just walked the rest of the way home which took about 15 minutes longer than it should have.

Sigh. I didn’t let it get the best of me. I decided that maybe I was starting off with too much considering I have never done anything like this before. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to learn about what causes this to happen and to listen to my body.

Tomorrow is not a scheduled rest day but sometimes you just gotta let it give.

I turned to Google. Lo and behold, this is common among beginners. I found this on shin splints from Cool Running (love the name – that was a great movie):

“Cut back on your running. If you can stand it, you might consider taking a few days off altogether. The important thing is not to run through the pain. You’ll only make it worse.

With all that extra downtime, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to stretch your calves and strengthen your anterior leg muscles. Do wall pushups, and be particularly careful not to overstretch; ease into your stretches gradually. Do these several times a day, and especially before and after you run. To strengthen your front leg muscles, try the foot press and the furniture lift.”

Well, I supposed I will do the suggested stretches to strengthen my legs. Maybe I’ll give it another go on Thursday. Cheers to keepin’ my chin up!

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Week 2: 5K Challenge

I’M ALIVE!

Got through Week 1 a-ok. I have to say… it really is a mental game at times. Sounds cliche, but it’s true. I guess you never really understand until you start but I find myself thinking “Ok, just get to the lamp post” or “You can keep going, home is right there!”

Can’t stop, won’t stop.

This morning I was up and out by about 6:15. Not too bad. Today called for 20 minute jog, easy walk as needed. Man, I killed it! I jogged MOST of the time. I didn’t have to stop too often (PROGRESS!). I have found that breathing correctly (only through your nose every few strides, as recommended by my friend Danielle) I have way more stamina. Whoda thunk? I am also not having to compare myself to anyone or race anyone or thing which is really nice. I really love getting up early in the morning, stars are still out, it’s cool and quiet. It’s been nice so far. Here is a breakdown of Week 2 for ya:

Week 2

Week 1: 5K Challenge

Now that it has almost been a year from our wedding, I no longer have the “wedding dress” motivation to make me lose weight or stay in shape. I need a goal. I need a motivation. I want to be healthy. I do NOT want to be the recently-married-twenty-something that gained 40 el bees (lbs) in her first 5 years of marriage.

No siree bobby. Not I.

So, I made this spreadsheet using the 5K training guide from RunTex. It basically breaks down the first 12 weeks of training for a 10K (I think a 10 K – website didn’t say). Regardless, I like to have pretty, colorful spreadsheets for some odd reason. I’ve always had an affinity for school supplies and the like (don’t ask) and spreadsheets somehow fall into that category.

I already did 20 min of my walk/jog routine on Monday. So Friday morning I am going to do the 30 min walk/jog and go from there. I also decided since this is fairly ambitious of me to be doing something like this and knowing that other people out there struggle to get into running or have no idea where/how/when to start, I thought it would be a good idea to write about my experiences. Perhaps with some mixed in recipes as my cook-self decides to make appearance.

So here goes nothin’. I am going to sign up for this 5K run. All’s well that ends well, I hope (fingers crossed).

WEEK 1

Week 1 Table

Sasha Fierce is my alter ego. I wish to look like this in an outfit if I so pleased. Therefore, I am GOING TO LOSE 15 pounds by our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, OCTOBER 30.

And if I don’t make it, I am hoping to have shed at least 10. WOOT. Cheers to having a bod like B.