First of all, here is the gorgeous sunset out at the barn today. So beautiful! I haven’t been feeling well this weekend, but a trip to the barn always seems to improve my mood and ailments.
(To see my Pledge to Run, click here)
I made it! Two weeks of running = success! This post is a little late, but better late than never.
- 9/2 – 2.7 miles 30 mins
- 9/4 – 2.7 miles 30 mins
- 9/5 – 2.5 miles
- 9/8 – 1.5 miles
- 9/9 – 1.25 miles 23 mins (with Scooby and Preston)
- 9/11 – 2 miles 21 mins
- 9/13 – 2.6 miles 39 mins (run/walk)
- 9/16 – 2.7 miles 45 mins (with intervals of abs/push ups/squats)
- 9/17 – 3.5 miles 40 mins (with 50 lunges)
- 9/19 – ? miles 30 mins (run/walk with Preston)
I found the hardest part of the actual run was just getting myself out the door. All day I would look forward to exercising, but by the time I got home I would just be so tired and un-excited. The best way I found to get myself out there is to tell myself “You only have to walk. Forty minutes spent outside just walking is better than sitting inside and watching TV.” Lo and behold, I end up running once I’m out there! I had to change my mindset and expectations of myself so that I don’t feel pressured to exercise in a way I don’t want to. Walking is acceptable, and when I feel like running I will. Having never participated in any sports, I find it hard to push myself while training. I’m also incredibly stubborn which means I won’t let anyone else help me with it either. Result? I’m going to have to learn how to push and motivate myself while exercising… its a work in progress.
Towards the end of the two weeks, I would get bored just running so I incorporated some calisthenics movements any time I felt like walking. I have the luxury of running on a green belt which is full of nice grassy areas for me to do ab exercises and push ups. My body seems to like these types of workouts better than just straight running. Its more of a full body workout that actually encourages and allows me to run faster than I normally would.
Now that my “challenge” is over, I will keep running and incorporating strength and calisthenic exercises into my runs. We’ll see how it goes! Anything to keep me moving 🙂