We haven't talked about this in a LONG time! Remember that thread we had? I'm on a bit of a runner's high this morning. I injured myself back in September, which left me not running for a few months. I started again in February, but had to do the gradual thing again, which totally pissed me off because I had been doing so well back in September.
But today I ran the farthest I have run since September, and I don't feel bad, and I didn't feel that tired, and yay! I ran 37 minutes. I may be slow, but at least I'm building up my endurance.
Anybody else? I can't remember who else it was that was running.. and Josh- any races recently?
I think of you Meghan when I get on the treadmill and try to run for longer than 2 or 3 minutes. I hate it so so much, but I know you worked your way up so I give it a try! I usually end up doing intervals though, running at a fairly quick pace and then walking to slow my heart rate for an equal time, then run again. I just cannot stand jogging for 10 or 15 minutes straight. I feel almost clausterphobic if that makes any sense. Nevermind that I can do the elipitcal for 40 minutes straight no problem.
BUT...a bright spot is that yoga is helping me so much. I'm clearly stronger, more flexible, can control my breathing better, and running on the treadmill has definitely improved. I don't feel like I want to die until at least 4 or 5 minutes instead of just 1...
Steph- have you ever looked at a couch to 5k program? I've never run a race, but it's the same concept. The one I did I got out of a Runner's World book, and it's the same thing I've followed every time I start from the beginning (which has been a few times).
Seriously. I'm the least athletic person I know. so.. if I can do it. In fact, I think I have my running schedule from last February written up in Excel, if you want me to e-mail it to you? It's called "Meghan and Stephanie are hott babes!" haha. (my roommate/friend is Stephanie and we've always run together).
Keep in mind that when I read the Runner's World forums and someone says "i can't run farther than..." nearly everyone says "slow down! go slower than you think you need to".
And honestly, I can't imagine running on a treadmill. I run around my neighborhood and have a route. I have, in the past, run around a high school track (in San Diego, on vacation) and it was horrible. I was bored to tears and quit early, so I definitely understand that aspect.
I love running in the morning. If i plan to run in the afternoon, i won't do it half the time. Mornings are just calm and cool and nice and ahhhhh. I ran on the trail this morning, which was really nice (not a real trail, it's asphalt, but it's woodsy). I did it to kick out a lot of aggression and anger and it felt GOOD.
Oh, I totally hear you about the anger and aggression venting thing...
I've had a lot of it over the past few months, and my run times have increased dramatically... Just because I've wanted to "get out there and vent" more often.
I mean... I improved my 5K time by 2:09, my half marathon time by almost 3 minutes, and my marathon time by over half an hour... And running 10-Milers at a sub-7 pace... All from being frustrated beyond belief.
I suppose it's better than some other habits people acquire when times turn crappy.
Thanks Meghan. I really appreciate the advice and encouragment. I'm doing the 5k with my work again this year. There is a fun group going who is all planning to walk, so I will probably walk with them, but I will definitely run the last mile. Still doing intervals on the treadmill. I will try and run outside a few times before the race in mid May.
I've been out walking at lunch the past few days with coworkers which has been really nice.
And I realized while I was running that I probably could've run more. I try to convince myself that I'm tired and out of breath, but then every once in a while I take these really deep breaths that are more like sighs and realize how easy the breathing is. Now I think i'm just bored during the run, and not tired.
I don't use it on facebook, but I have bookmarked the same sort of map that the USATF has on their website. That's the only thing I've really used, although I use Google Earth when I'm in Mexico. And then I keep a record on runner's world training log thing.
I REALLY need to go to a running store and get fitted, but I'm so embarrassed. But I need to do it, and so I might tomorrow morning.