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.

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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?

6 comments:

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

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  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!

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    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.

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  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!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.com

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

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