On Saturday I ran my first full 5k, and I think I did really well considering I only had 2 weeks to prepare for it! My time was 32:34, which was about average I think, but the fact that I did average and not worse than average is reason for excitement in my book.
Starting to finally notice a difference in the way I look. My family has been telling me for a while now that I’ve been looking a bit trimmer, but I didn’t really see it until recently. Feels so good to know that I’m actually getting results.
Don’t stop if you’re discouraged! You’re doing better than you think. It took you some time to put on the weight. It will take some time to get it off, too.
Very clear, very cold day in the Pacific Northwest. Off to walk my dog and go for a run.
Ohhhh, this. I’ll run on a treadmill if I have to, but nothing beats getting my shoes on, pulling my hair back, and just going. I’m lucky to have a few non-paved areas where I can run near my house, and if I’ve got the right playlist I can stay out forever. Nothing makes me feel more free.
Meg: March 22
It’s been so busy since I got back from Bellingham! Things are only getting busier, too. Most of the time, I enjoy being busy, because it forces me to prioritize and manage my time better. I just need to make sure I get enough rest - these 10 hour workdays are killing me. I’m not gonna lie, either, I’ve been pretty sporadic with my gym attendance recently. I only went twice this week, and had two days last week as well. I need to get back into my ‘every day before work’ habit.
Since recovering from my shin splints, I’ve been keeping my running to a minimum, which has been absolute torture. Running is hands down my favorite way of getting in my cardio every morning. But today, I discovered something that is almost MORE torturous: intervals. I want to just full-out run; I know I can do it and I love how it feels. Instead, I’m forcing myself to do 5 minutes at a good running pace and then slowing down to a fast walk for 5 minutes, so I don’t stress my shins too much. And making myself STOP is the hardest thing. I just want to keep going!
In a week or so, I’ll start transitioning to more running - 6 minutes on, 4 off, and so on until I’m running for the duration of my workout. I also need to start lifting more. I want to try to lose 5 more lbs by my birthday in May if I can. I’ll certainly be keeping you all updated as I go!
This might be a good way to ease back into running if you have any injuries, such as shin splints, as well as being a good general guide for beginning runners.