As promised, I’m updating you all on my running progress! I have 6 weeks and 5 days left until my first 5K, and I’m up to a solid run of 2 miles – no breaks! WOO!! If you’d told me that I could do that when I was in high school, I would have laughed in your face and asked you what you’d been smoking. If I hadn’t mentioned it before, let me just emphasize again: I have never considered myself a runner. I’m working on it, though.
Monday: 1.85 mile run (3/4 mile run, 1/4 mile walk, 3/4 mile run, walked the rest of the way), 11:20 pace
Tuesday: Rest day
Wednesday: 2 mile run (1 mile run, 1/4 mile walk, 3/4 mile run) through my dad’s neighborhood, 11:03 pace. I basically had to run laps around each block, and I kept crossing paths with this older couple that looked at me like I was completely bonkers.
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: 2 mile (no walking, all running) run through my neighborhood, 11:30 pace. Wiped. Me. Out.
Saturday: Rest day
I’m actually doing it! Honestly, the hardest part has been getting out the door and doing it. Getting new running shoes was a great motivator, though, and so is the music. I put my playlist on shuffle, so it’s always exciting to hear what’s coming up next. I listened to a whole lotta Michael Jackson this week, and I’m finding that feel-good music suits me much better than intense, work-out type music. I’m pretty sure I look crazy when I’m running and mouthing “Bad,” but I’ve come to terms with the crazy so it’s okay.
I’m really not sure where to start with strength training. The strength training I did before this was more centered on general toning, so I’d love to know what kind of strength training is important for runners.
The jogger I borrowed from a friend of mine. How she ran with this thing I’ll never know. Fixed front wheels blow my mind.
My Question This Week
What kind of conditioning should I do as a runner? What kind of exercises should I do for which muscle groups and so on?