I’m Still Running!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted an update. There hasn’t been a whole lot to say lately — I’ve just been running here and there. As I mentioned last time, I am working on improving my speed. I seem to be doing better with shorter runs (1 mile or so). Longer runs are still tough to go faster though.

Today my sister asked me to go running with her. Considering I had just finished lunch at a certain, umm, fast food establishment, I was a bit hesitant. However, it was just a mile run so I joined her. We met a park closer to our houses where she does her 1-mile runs (the path there is much shorter). This was actually my first time running with someone else! To my surprise, I set a new PB with today’s run also! Considering this run went against everything I normally do: it was in the middle of the day, right after I ate, I was pretty surprised how fast I ran. I’m thinking it was the motivation of running with someone that pushed me to run faster than normal.

And in case you’re wondering, the fast food lunch was definitely weighing heavy during our run. I kept it all down, but I also didn’t feel my best. I wasn’t nauseous or anything, I just felt like laying on the couch and not doing anything. Lethargic — that’s the word I was looking for. I guess that’s the effect fast food has on you if you eat it right before you run!

Anyway, I have a lot of blogs to catch up on! Hope all of my C25K friends are doing well!

Testing My Speed

So for my first post-C25K run, I decided to see how fast I could really run. I ran two 1-mile runs with a quarter-mile walk in between. I did pretty good the first mile — I ran pretty fast (relatively speaking, of course…) but it was difficult to finish at the pace I was running. The walk couldn’t come fast enough!

I started getting a side stitch during my second mile run, so I walked a couple times. But even with those walks, my pace for mile 2 was still about the same as my C25K runs, which means when I was running I was still running much faster than previously. I think my trouble might’ve been caused by the humidity. On Thursday it’s supposed to be a little cooler, so hopefully that will help me out.

Week 9, Day 3: I’m a C25K Graduate!

I just completed the C25K program this morning with my W9D3 run! When I first started the program, I was definitely doubtful about my chances of completing C25K. When it comes to exercise activities, I usually lose interest after a few days. After all, it’s much easier to sit at home than it is to do something! But I made it my goal to build my endurance (which I accomplished). Plus C25K makes it easy to get into running. Looking back at when I started, it’s amazing at how far I’ve come. I remember my first C25K session I could barely complete the 1 minute running intervals, and I actually had to rest halfway through the session (that’s after a total of 4 running minutes…). Now I’ve completed three 3-mile runs! Had you told me a couple of months ago that I’d be running three miles in a few weeks, I wouldn’t have believed you. Well here I am, proof that the C25K program actually works! As I mentioned before I started C25K, I am hoping that someone else thinking about starting C25K or skeptical that they can complete the program will read through my progress over the past 9 weeks and see that it is possible, even for the worst of the couch potatoes!

Anyway, yesterday my sister informed me of the now-obvious fact that I could run the entire loop at my park in one session. For some reason I was under the impression that the path was much longer than it actually is — which is why I’d always run halfway through my session and then turn around. I thought that I’d end up having to walk 3 miles to get back to the car if I didn’t turn around. As it turns out, the path is 3.66 miles. Including my warm up and cool down walks, my runs are just about 3.6 miles. Perfect! I ended up completing today’s run just about where I started it. From now on when I run 3 miles, I will do the entire loop.

Physically, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to complete today’s run. I actually did end up having some ankle issues after Thursday’s run. My ankle was hurting Friday, but by Saturday evening the pain had gone away. I woke up today and it was a little sore, but I was walking normally and it didn’t cause any problems during the run. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow if today’s run was a mistake! Last time the pain didn’t kick in until the next day…

My legs were also burning like crazy for the last half mile or so of today’s run. I think this was due to the fact that it got much hotter pretty quickly this morning, so by the end I wasn’t running in nice, cool weather anymore. The heat just wears me out and takes everything out of me. Speaking of which, I have a long day of yard work ahead of me, so I better go get started.

Week 9, Day 2: Running Into the Sunset

My W9D2 run got pushed back a night, which was fine with me because it was a lot hotter (and humid) yesterday. We had some pretty strong storms this afternoon which cooled it down a little, so by the time I ran tonight it wasn’t too bad out. Anyway, when I started my run today my ankle started hurting. I remember this happening before, so I figured I’d go a mile and if it kept hurting I’d call it quits. Well after a little while it stopped hurting, just like I remember the last time that happened. So all was well after that. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow…

I’ve noticed my pace has improved somewhat. Actually, for whatever reason, I decided to sprint the last tenth of a mile. I think I just wanted the run to be over, so I bolted to the finish line so to speak. It’s funny, when I sprinted I could feel the burn in my legs go away. Not sure why that is, but I felt better during that sprint than I did the entire run. Could it be I’m running too slowly for my own good? Maybe I’ll experiment running faster on Saturday’s run or next week after C25K.

Anyway, one of the reasons I love running at this park even though it’s a drive from my house is the sights. As I’ve mentioned before, the running path goes around a lake/river. Tonight I got to watch some rowing teams practicing and there have also been a lot of sailboats in the water recently, which is always cool to see. Tonight I also watched what was probably the most amazing sunset I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen some awesome sunsets). As I’m running westward on the second half of my run, I see the sun low in the sky — it was the deepest and richest red I’ve ever seen the sun. Not to mention how large it looked. The sun’s reflection in the water and the Philly skyline in the distance made it quite picturesque. I did manage to get a picture taken — I stopped for literally one second to snap the photo — but it didn’t turn out well and didn’t do the scene justice.

That’s all for tonight. Barring any ankle issues, I’ll be back Saturday to report my final C25K run!

Week 9, Day 1: First Sort-of-5K Run

Well I did it. I ran 3 miles straight today without stopping! These long runs are tough, but compared to last week it wasn’t much more difficult. All I thought about going into today’s run was about running to the same halfway point as last week plus just a little bit more. Thinking about it like that didn’t make that big number “3” seem so bad!

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get to the running store over the weekend, so I don’t have any updates on that front. But I have started taking multivitamins every day. Perhaps it’s related to the vitamins, but my legs didn’t burn quite as much today, especially on flat/downhill sections. In fact, I’d say when I wasn’t running uphill my legs hardly hurt at all. When I began to feel the burn again, I just started focusing on my breathing and that would kind of get my mind off the burn.

Overall I’d say today was a successful run. Now that I know what it’s like to run a full 3 miles, the rest of this week shouldn’t be too bad — assuming none of my other pains rear their ugly heads…

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