Weekly Running Recap #2

Friday, July 13, 2012

I've come to realize that one of the things I enjoy most about running is that every day is a small accomplishment.  Whether its running harder and faster than ever before, or if its just trudging through a terrible run, each makes you feel like you've overcome something.  And how can you not feel great when you accomplish something (anything) on a daily basis?!

Saturday: Rest Day. (sneakers were still soaked from Friday's run!)

Sunday: 2.0 mile run.  Today's run felt pretty easy.  I'm still taking it slow and not pushing myself too hard but I can really feel myself getting more comfortable with each run.  As much as I feel like I could step it up a notch I know I should stick to this distance and pace for at least the rest of the week.

Monday: Rest Day.  I had every intention of running today but I was exhausted from the concert Sunday night.  I had a presentation in the morning and it wasn't until I came home and sat down after class that I realized I had almost no energy.  I guess I could have made myself run but it wouldn't even have been a good "bad" run.  Instead I replaced a run with a nap.  Good life decision.

Tuesday: 2.0 mile run.  This run was pretty uneventful.  Nothing good but nothing bad either!

Wednesday: 2.0 mile run.  Today's run was great!  I initially didn't really feel like running but it all turned around once I got out there.  At the distance I'm running now I cross over bridges four times.  Normally I'll walk over the bridges because it breaks up the run nicely (and one bridge feels slippery and scares me so I just don't like running over it).  Today, however, when I reached my first bridge I thought, "why don't I just run over you?"  So I did.  When I got to my second bridge I thought, "hey why don't I run over you, too?"  This happened a third time.  At my last bridge I thought, "well, I just run over your three friends... why not you, too?  And why don't I run over you faster than I've ran before!"  It was a pretty amazing feeling (though I did feel a bit like Forrest Gump).  Of course as soon as I turned the corner I was met by 8 billion people leaving work for the day and ended up having to walk most of the last half mile.  Oh, well.  You win some, you lose some!

Thursday: 2.0 mile run.  Today's run was good.  It is beautiful out which means the Irish come out of the wood work and take over the sidewalks.  I can't really blame them.  It did cause me to almost get hit by three different things during my run though:
  1. A man opening a car door over the sidewalk without looking
  2. A man stepping off the sidewalk into my path (my fast dodging skills entertained him and his friends for a while.)
  3. A bold pigeon who decided he was not going to get out of my way and would rather get step on than cave (he won.)
Friday: 30 min yoga.  I thought to myself yesterday that I should maybe take a rest day but I've enjoyed the past few runs so much that I really didn't want to.  Last night before bed, however, I had a weird little pain in my hip.  It wasn't anything bad but I thought it was a sign that I should rest today.  I decided to do some yoga instead.  It felt great to really stretch out and I was very happy to find that the pain in my hip was gone after the work out!

Total distance for the week: 8 miles.

Things I've learned this week:

-It doesn't look like I'm going to get to do a race here in Dublin.  There was one on Wednesday but I've been very busy with class and projects this week and to be quite honest, I didn't want to do it alone! There also doesn't seem to be any other 5ks in the Dublin area... I guess that just means more time to really prepare for when I get back home.

- I need to keep an eye on my breathing.  I don't know where I got the idea that I should be breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth but I realized I just wasn't getting enough oxygen.  This article nicely outlines the ideal way to breathe while running and it has been very helpful! Key tips - use your mouth and breathe deep, not just to your chest but all the way down to your belly.

- The 10% Rule - I've seen this mention several times but its importance is highlighted perfectly here.  Basically never increase your distance by more than 10% in a week.  I know I'm not running crazy distances but aside from avoiding injury I think it will also help in getting me to run better instead of just longer.

I need some new music to listen to while running! What are your all time favorite songs to run to?


  1. as always erin, you inspire me! proud of you xoxo

  2. This is awesome, I've always wanted to start running but I can't motivate myself to do it. I walk a lot with the family and the dog everyday but maybe I should start running! What do you listen to for music? I like a lot of classic rock, Eagles, Boston, Chicago, etc but I'm also a big fan of country. You could run with the Rocky theme!

    1. I think blogging about it plays a huge role in the motivation! I listen to a huge mix of things but your comment made me realize that I don't listen to nearly enough classic rock while I run! Maybe that will be an experiment for today's run.

  3. Love the post and that is a great running tip!! Thanks so much for sharing and I am a new follower from the GFC Hop over at The Life of the Not So Ordinary Wife!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Hopefully by sharing the things I've learned I can help others do the same. Thanks for the follow!