Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Just Keep Running

After a lot of hemming and hawing I finally decided I had to go to the gym tonight. I was feeling frustrated, sore, tired, and 500 different thoughts were running through my head. I needed to calm myself, give myself a few extra endorphins. I can hardly lift my arms from yoga last night. Yikes!

When I got to the gym, it was busy, but not as crowded as it has been lately.... I actually had room to run and there were machines open (crazy pants). I miss the quiet gym of fall semester :(

My shins started to slowly ache half way through my first mile and I was worried when I stopped to walk and stretch them out and I noticed a slight limp going on. I made it through two miles of running/walking....barely.  One major goal I'm setting for myself (seeing as it's already half way through February and I'm running the 10K at the end of May) is to run at least 3 times a week. Steady 1-3-2 method to start me out. I don't remember what blog I read it on exactly, but I heard building up your miles this way prevents your muscles from getting used to the distance. You start out with one mile one day, 3 the next time you run, and two miles the third day. After that you work up each by a half mile every time.

Time for the mile breakdown-

Mile 1:

  • Lap 1-4 = Run
  • Lap 5 = Walk
  • Lap 6 = Run
  • Lap 7 = Walk
  • Lap 8-9 = Run
At this point ! took a nice little water/stretch break

Mile 2:
  • Lap 1 = Walk
  • Lap 2 = Run
  • Lap 3 = Walk
  • Lap 4 = Run
  • Lap 5 = Walk
  • Lap 6 = Run
  • Lap 7 = Walk
  • Lap 8 = Run
  • Lap 9 = Walk
Walk Laps Total = 7
Run Laps Total = 10

It's a start.

On a side note, it was almost 50 degrees here today! Sunny, warm and so nice. I love that the snow is melting and I'm hoping it won't go below 30 degrees again. 

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