I’ve been running for a whole month now (obviously not for a *whole* month… that would just be silly…) and so I thought I’d post an update on how it’s going. I’m part of something called Challenge 10 and aiming to run 10 miles at the end of 10 months. Am I cray? YES!
My aim for the end of September was to be able to run for 1 mile. After a week it was going quite well, I could run a mile without stopping to I set my sights a little higher and turned into a bit of a mentalist. I wanted to be able to do 5K and decided that signing up for a 5K parkrun on day 12 was THE BEST IDEA EVER. It wasn’t. I got there and I felt terrified and watched other people stretching and did a few lame stretches myself. We set off and I tried to keep up with the people around me but they were faster than I was and I was out of my depth and hated the whole thing. I honestly believe that the mental side of running matters just as much and I’d gone into this run not feeling great about it. I was hating every second, my calves were on fire, a small child overtook me and when I ran past the car park at the end of the 1st lap and saw my car, I decided to bail! I was angry with myself and disappointed that my Couch to 5K in 12 days hadn’t happened but was determined to do it before the month was out! I run with my good friend Lizzie aka Hot Nanny and we ran a few circuits that we were *sure* were 5K, only to get back and see they were 4 something. Annoying! I was a girl on a mission, I ran everyday, I HAD TO run 5K… I don’t know what came over me but I felt like I had to prove something. It wasn’t until I ran with my friend Caroline (who FYI is FIT and has arms like Madonna) that I realised I had to chill out. That run was a disaster for me, it was SO hot that day and I wanted to show her how great I was at running now (it had been about 3 weeks!) and I was a mess! I was so hot that I couldn’t see and wanted to throw up numerous times. This was harder than I thought. I took a few days off, tried a new pair of trainers (because it was absolutely the trainers fault, not that I was unfit…) and started running every other day. A few runs later…we did 5K. And yeah, it felt pretty good I have to say! Hot Nanny and I high fived each other in the middle of a pitch black field.
One thing I have been really bad at is warming up and cooling down. I did a few half arsed stretches but I found a fab warm up and cool down on YouTube from Malia Hilliard. I ran yesterday (5.29K, thanks for asking) and did the warm up, finished with a brisk walk for a few minutes and then did the cool down. HUGE difference today! My legs have been killing me and this is honestly the best I’ve felt the next day since I started. Give it a go and let me know what you think!
Now, I’ll fess up. I *totally* thought I was going to get super skinny by running and that I’d be able to eat chocolate and the weight would fall off (made the same mistake with breastfeeding. I never learn). Turns out that’s not the case. I haven’t lost any weight yet but I have lost 1/2 inch from my thighs and waist and 1 inch from my chest. I’m going to stop rewarding myself for exercising with chocolate buttons and see how I go then!
My aim for October is to not increase my distance but work on getting quicker and work on my technique and gait. I’ve no idea what that really means but I thought it sounded good.