I’ve decided to keep my running updates to once a week. I don't think a single run really substantiates an entire post so I figured I could just get them all done in one.
Today I will not only share my weekly update, but it also happens to be the one-month mark of when I started this adventure! I was really nervous to first post about running on my blog because if I got lazy again and decided I actually didn’t want to do it then I would have to face that in public (peer pressure is good sometimes!). I think it was that pressure that got me to stick through the earliest days and I can’t begin to say how much that has helped.
Overall, it has been a great month. I can already feel a significant difference in my body, in my energy levels, and in my capability. While I haven’t been directly following the Couch to 5K program I have been following the general concept. Although I wanted to start off running for as long as I could, I’ve taken a more gradual approach and alternated walking and jogging and adding a little more each week. I’m very happy to say that not only have I been getting better but I am enjoying the process! That was always my biggest issue before. Running was a chore and I was miserable before/during/after a run. I now find myself looking forward to each run and dreading the days I know I won’t be able to make it out.
I’ve been learning so much from other bloggers. Small tips of the trade, food recommendations to keep energy up, and even just small words of motivation have all been a great help.
I was hoping to run my first race while I’m here in Dublin but the only one I see in the next two months that is near me is on Wednesday and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to get that into my schedule at this point.
So again, thank you for all the support and (even if you don't actually read my blog) thank you for making me THINK I have a huge audience pressuring me to get out there everyday!
Now on to my week:
Saturday & Sunday: Rest days while away in Cork
Monday: 1.5 mile ‘run’. After all that positive talk above I have to say that this run was terrible. I had eaten way too much food over the weekend and I didn’t have nearly the amount of water I usually have (I was never sure of where my next bathroom break would be!). I did it though. Most of it wasn’t running but I went through the motions and did what I had to do and just continued thinking to myself that tomorrow’s run will be better.
Tuesday: 2.0 mile run. It is amazing how different two runs can be. Having finally hydrated myself properly, I felt so much better. Prior to this I was working at 1.5 miles but I increased that to 2 starting today. I found that I can just make another loop around one of the bridges that makes it exactly 2 miles.
Wednesday: 10 mile cycle. I know cross training is important for runners however that is not why I cycle. I really do it because I’m cheap and don’t want to spend the money to take the bus to and from class. If it is a decently nice day out I’ll just take the bike down. Unfortunately, this means that I’m generally too tired to run on those days. The more I run the more I realize that I would rather use it as a running day than a cycling day but I can’t run to class so bike it is.
Thursday: 10 mile cycle. Same as above. I’m cheap. I guess it’s good exercise but it’s still mainly all my legs doing the work so not only do I not get to run but I also don’t get to rest my legs.
Friday: 2.0 mile run. No class today so I was finally able to get a run in (it seems like far too much time passed between my run Tuesday and today!). Of course it was down-pouring today and there was no end in sight. It was the type of day that I would have loved to say ‘I worked hard this week, I’m not getting out from under the covers,’ but I had no food in the apartment so I had to leave one way or another. I’m glad I did. I really don’t mind the rain. It feels pretty great to have water dripping off your face and you don’t have to be embarrassed because no one can tell if it’s sweat or just rain. It’s also great to have the sidewalks to myself.
I think tomorrow will have to be a rest day. I feel pretty exhausted today and I feel like I've been staving off some type of illness this past week so I don't want to push it.
Sorry for such a long post. I don't even have any good pictures to share! Hope you have a great weekend!