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diary of a non-jogger – slow & steady

2.20 km total; wonky gps. Grr.

I have a four-day weekend and after being back at work full-time, I’m really looking forward to this weekend! I have been out running three times this week, I’m super proud of myself. I didn’t blog about the last run because I was tired. And I forgot. Plus, this blog seems to be just about running now and well, you’re probably all sick of that.

ANYHOW…

I had to force myself off the couch today so I could go run. I had grand plans for this long weekend. Plans that included running as often as I could. Not sure if I’ll be able to get 4 days in a row in, but I wanted to get out there more often so I can build up endurance.

With each run I have done this week, I have gone a little farther than the last time. Sunday I achieved my first full kilometre and Monday I went a few feet farther. Today I went a lot farther than I had but the gps didn’t track it at all. Grr. I know what I did though and I know how fast I did it.

In all I got 1.88 km of running in out of 2.20. I’m increasing at a snail’s pace, but I am happy with my results. I feel great during the runs and afterwards, so I know I’m improving. Right now I need to work on breathing because I’m stopping due to my lungs feeling like they are going to collapse and not because of any pain when I run. This is a good thing, and a new thing for me. My legs are stronger and I’m getting faster (I still run slower than I walk though!)

I have my first outdoor Crossfit of the year tomorrow morning. This will include some form of running so I might just count that as my exercise for the day. Not sure yet. I’m trying to build up endurance and strength before the Spartan race at the end of May. I will admit to being terrified about this race. I have registered and I paid, so I’m in it whether I like it or not. Let’s hope I can make it through in one piece!

I keep waffling on whether or not I want to try the Couch to 5K app again, or if I want to keep going the way I am now. I’m not sure what works best for me. I think I need to switch up my training programs once in a while in order to progress. I find that if I do the same thing too often it becomes difficult, or something. I can’t quite explain it. I sort of like my current routine so I’ll stick with it for a while. Who knows, maybe in a month I’ll be able to run that full 2km without stopping and then I can just build from there. Mostly, I need to work on teaching my lungs that they like to work while I run because I am enjoying the running so they should too!

diary of a non-jogger – new personal record

Well, golly. I haven’t written on my blog in weeks! I only wrote one post in March! Oops. Obviously I’ve been going through some stuff, but I’ve also been swamped with my grammar course this semester. I just did my final exam in that course today and I’m both happy and sad that the course is over.

I was mentally exhausted when I was done the exam (almost 2 hours long!) and I went up to take a nap but I couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking about how it was a lot nicer out today than it was supposed to be. It was supposed to pour rain all day and yet the sun had started to peek out from behind the clouds. It’s cool enough outside that a run wouldn’t have been uncomfortable. So, I got up, changed into my running clothes and went out.

Now, I haven’t run since February 23rd and I have been quite ill for the past month and a half (possible bad reaction to medication, not sure. Seeing my doctor tomorrow.) I kept the same goal in mind I had last time though – run as much as I can in a shorter distance and work on building that up. Last time I was thrilled that I was able to run a full 7 minutes without stopping. I didn’t make a full kilometre in distance though, but because I had a shorter route, I was happy with what I was accomplishing.

This time I got the 5 minute notification from runkeeper and I’d only covered about 0.63km. I was determined to make a full KM though so I kept running. I wasn’t feeling like I needed to stop yet, so I took that as a good sign. I was waiting for the distance notification to sound but it didn’t. Finally, I needed to stop because I knew my body couldn’t go much longer without a walking break. I was disappointed that I hadn’t made a kilometre yet again. Imagine my surprise when I looked at my phone and saw that I’d actually ran 1.10 km!! Seems I need to turn on distance notifications! I forgot to check the time though, I think it was just under 7 minutes.

I walked for 0.05km and then started running again and managed to get another 0.45km of jogging in before I got home. Which means I ran 1.55 km out of the 1.63! I’m so proud of myself.

Sure, this isn’t even close to 5km and I really need to build up my endurance and distance again – especially since I’m doing the 5K Spartan Sprint in May! I’m hoping that most of my health issues are going to go away finally and that I can go out for runs more often. I’d like to try and keep 3 times a week as a general running schedule, plus I have my two nights a week of crossfit/interval training (and hopefully soon, the weekend morning outdoor classes!).

I shall continue to run this shorter route until I can run the entire thing. I am thinking that if I keep this up regularly, I should be able to make some decent progress this year. I have obviously built up a lot of muscle and stamina over the last year with regular exercise. I’m still enjoying the jogging and exercise too, and now it has the added bonus of NOT feeling like I have to do it or my world will collapse. I can enjoy the activity without it being necessary to help battle my anxiety because the anxiety has lessened a whole bunch lately.

When I got home, I sat on the stairs for a few minutes and drank the rest of my water. Then Shawn and I leashed up the dogs and we went out again (almost the same route) and took the dogs for their walk before the rain started once more. It was a nice cool down after the run.

I’m hoping to go out again tomorrow since it’s supposed to be warm out, and I’ll be home early from work (oh, yeah, I’m back at work full-time again…) because of the doctor’s appointment in the afternoon.

Let’s see if I can actually achieve my goal of running a full 5km without having to walk in-between this year! I’m super excited to try!