Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just A Run

The good news is that after a week of retraining my body to run, I was able to do 16 minutes today, without any walking breaks. The bad news is it was a slooow 16 minutes-I managed just 1.5 miles. Also bad? Not sure if I'll be able to keep it up-next week I might have to go back to the Couch to 5k training and add a few walking breaks back in.

A crazy headwind really slowed me down today. It was so weird running into such strong winds. The wind was blowing in my eyes, despite the fact that I was wearing sunglasses. Not sure how such a thing is possible, but it happened. Our temps are back up, it was 83 degrees yesterday after we experienced 40s and 50s on Monday. So back out came the running shorts and tank tops.

I'm glad I got some exercise today. The husband and daughter left this morning on an overnight trip, and I fully intend on eating some really bad for me food today. At least I started the day well by burning some calories.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Starting Over At Week 4

September 24th was the last time I ran, and it was a mile. I've been out of running for too long, due to my sprained ankle and bad breathing. A trip to California last week packed on a few pounds, so today was the first day of getting back to running. I decided to start over on my "Couch to 5K" training, in the hopes that starting slow will allow me to get back to 5K shape in time for the Jingle Bell Jog in December.

I picked week 4 as my starting point-easy enough to manage (I hoped) but still enough to actually be able to say I "ran" today. The repeats were run 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, run 5 minutes, walk 90 seconds. I did that twice for a total of 20:30 minutes of exercise, covering 1.71 miles. It felt good to be out running in the cool (50 degree) weather, and I was pleased I managed to actually do the training. I purposefully kept my pace slow (hovering between 10:30 and 11 while running) and that was definitely a good idea! Going much faster would have tired me out too quickly.

My breathing seems to be doing it's usual thing for this time of year-a hit on the inhaler before I run allows me to complete my run, but my lungs are tight enough that walking up stairs winds me. It's really embarrassing-and perplexing. Hopefully I'll keep any serious sickness at bay this winter and keep working on building my mileage.