I thought it was time I posted a running update. Remember when I posted about starting Couch to 5k in August? Well, I've actually completed two 10k's since then. I NEVER thought I would type that. Seriously, I never liked exercising, much less running! I vividly remember STRUGGLING to complete the mile in school. Now that I think about it, having to run one mile, like, once a year, wasn't really good. They barely made us really practice and no one told you to start slow or pace yourself or use a run/walk strategy. They just made it seem like you had to run the whole thing or you were a loser. I definitely finished last most of the time.
I started exercising a tiny bit when I went to college and a health class made you go the gym for part of your grade. You couldn't not go because (apparently) the professor could see if you swiped in the gym. True story. I started going for beginner yoga classes and I really liked it. I just stayed in the back and tried to do everything right. I decided exercising wasn't so bad when no one was judging you and there was no competition. So, I only really exercised during freshman year because the classes were free, then I transferred to a new school and the classes were NOT free at that gym. I was also commuting from home and I never wanted to spend more time than I needed to on campus. I also had about a million times more school work, so yeah, exercise was definitely on the back burner. Fast forward to a month after graduation and I started Couch to 5k. There were no excuses. I didn't (still don't) have a job, no school work, no commitments really. Pretty much the perfect time to start an exercise regime. I also had a great place to run: historic Yorktown, VA. Yeah...I didn't really think so at the time, but it was awesome- a cute little historic town on a river with whole streets blocked off from traffic, lots of parking, bathrooms (that were only locked once when I needed them), etc, etc. The only downside was that it was extremely hot and humid in the summer, so I had to get up and go pretty early to avoid that. Now that it's December in the Seattle area, I'm definitely missing Y-town. Yep, another thing I never thought I would type! It's dark and rainy and there aren't many low traffic historic areas where I can run. On clear days, I can see snow capped mountains though, so that's cool.
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Now, I'm still run/walking. I don't know if I'll ever be able to run a whole mile straight through, but who cares? I've read that people do pretty well with run/walking and finishing is finishing, no matter what. And with that in mind, I have finished two 10k's. It's pretty crazy.
My main goal is to finish the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. I'm actually following the No Meat Athlete Half Marathon Road Map and I'm currently in the second week of training. Today I had to push a run inside and I actually walked up and down the stairs for 45 minutes (about 5-10 minutes longer than I take to do 3 miles). A running magazine said that walking stairs for the amount of time you were going to run is about equivalent to an easy run. I'd say it was probably a little harder because I am super sore now! I can't wait to see how my training goes from here.
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Are you a runner? What are your favorite tips for a beginner runner?