Weekly Running Recap #4

Friday, July 27, 2012

As much as I disliked Friday's run, once I came home and relaxed for a bit I just started getting excited for my next run.   A new week means a new distance!  As much as I hate thinking "they were right" I have to say that the method of the C2K program has really worked for me.  Starting slow and very gradually building up has helped me to not only improve my running but it has also made me enjoy it more.  I can enjoy little milestones like increasing distance because it was more than I was doing a week ago but I know I'm capable of doing it now.

I love where I run but I will admit I'm kind of getting tired of running in the same place.  I'm now doing two big loops around the river.  This is really the only place I can run without having to run through people and wait for traffic though...

Saturday: 2.2 mile walk.  I had a lot of errands to get done today so I didn't have the time to run but I didn't think I should discount the amount of walking I did.  It's not the same as a good run but it's exercise none the less!

Sunday:  2.5 mile run.  No bueno.  For some reason the quarter of a mile I added to this run felt more like adding 8 miles.  I was dragging from the get-go.  I was bored, tired, and uncomfortable.  I couldn't catch my breath and my mouth was dry.  While I was running I tried to figure out what it was that was making my last few runs feel not so great.  I know that there would be bad days but I didn't expect them to be several continuous bad days.  Then it clicked.  I drink a lot of water.  I'm that person that has a panic attack if I leave the house without my water bottle. I'm always super hydrated which is great, however this also means that I have to use the bathroom a lot (tmi? lo siento!) If I told you the number of times I go to the bathroom you would probably tell me to see a doctor.  I'm used to it but with the new roommate I thought I should try to control myself a little bit.  I didn't even realize I was doing it but I was cutting back on my water intake which obviously left me dehydrated (or at least less hydrated than I'm used to).  Obviously I can't prove this is why my past few runs were sub-par but it made sense to me.

Monday: 2.5 mile run. I spent all of last night hydrating myself and I felt a billion times better today!  It was warm and the sun was beating down which should have made me more uncomfortable than during yesterday's run but I really felt so much better.  I still feel slightly bored with the route so I'm going to switch that around but my body could absolutely tell the difference.  Really shows the importance of proper hydration!

Tuesday: 2.5 mile run. Today's run was really good!  I didn't change my route so the boredom is still there but I realized today that I'm well past the first mile marker before I even start breathing heavy!  A few weeks ago I would have laughed at you if you told me that's where I'd be today.

Wednesday: Rest day.  I have a final exam on Friday so my goal was to dedicate at least one full day to studying... I probably would have been better off just running.  I think it would have helped me focus a bit more on the studying part of my day.

Thursday: 2.5 mile run.  I loved this run. I felt fast and strong.  I also had a new playlist that seemed to give me so much extra energy.

Friday: Rest day.  I've been sitting here for a while debating wether I should run or not.  I had my final this morning and I was done and home before I would normally even be up to run but I didn't sleep well last night and was up early so I've decided to call it a rest day.

Total Miles: 10 miles.  

I definitely took to many rest / walking days this week.  I blame that on a mix of my lack of water and my exam.  I have a good feeling about next week though!


  1. You're doing great! Getting out the door to actually run is the hardest part. I can't wait until you do your first 5K, you are going to feel like such a rockstar after!

    The Daily Distraction

    1. I'm starting to get excited for it, too. The closer I get to consistently running 3 miles the more comfortable I get with the idea!

  2. wow, you're great! running is not my strong suit. i always want to practice though

  3. You're doing great! Good job for actually getting out the door, I really struggle with that! Keep it up :)

  4. I used to run cross country (~70 miles / wk or so) and here are some tips -- mix up your locations. You wont be bored, and your body won't be used to it. When you do the same route all the time, your body gets used to it and will only work just as hard to do the usual amount of energy required. We used to do cruise miles one day (run a mile, then 3min break, then a faster mile, 3min break an even faster mile, break, until you've done 7 miles, each one faster than the last), a distance run (10-15 miles straight), sometimes sprints (24x400m around the track, obviously that's not as easy in the city). You definitely want to try to get some hills in there too. I know Dublin is quite flat, but maybe there's a stadium with stairs somewhere. It'll work you much harder and it's great for the calves.

    Obviously, given that you're running 10 miles a week and not 70, this can all be toned down a lot. But definitely keep working and mixing it up!!

    I recently started following your blog and really enjoy reading, so thanks for that.

    1. Thanks for the tips! I definitely plan on increasing my running so these will all come in handy in the future!