I was late to the game, joining in this Fitness Friday blog hop. And now there is only 1 more after this week. Maybe we should keep it going, as motivation!?
Around the middle of March I started to get more serious (though I still use the term lightly) about getting into running. I had tried last year and blew out my ankle just 2 weeks in. That resulted in 14 months “off” – 4 for injury, 10 for laziness. But I started to see all these awesome women posting running tweets and blogs and they inspired me.
I did 3 running activities with runkeeper in the last week of March. We are now in the last week of April and this month alone I have done 9 activities. I didn’t use a C25k program, or anything like that, I just did what I could, pushed myself when I could, and rested when I really needed to. I took at least 1 day break in between each activity, sometimes 2, but tried to do no more than 3 days, or I knew it would be too easy for me to never run again.
At the start, I felt like nothing under 3kms counted. I have gradually got up to feeling that nothing under 4kms counts. I don’t feel like I’ve lost weight (and that is because my diet hasn’t changed to match my exercising), but I do feel like I have gotten fitter. I can go further and/or I can go faster. I can go longer between walking and yesterday did a personal best, 5 minutes straight jogging. I also did over 5.5kms, in just under 50 minutes.
A friend has
bullied implored me to do the 8km Mothers Day Classic run with her. I was convinced I could absolutely NOT do it, that the 4km was more up my alley. After yesterday’s run, I started to wonder if maybe I could do the 8km?
At the end of this, I did feel like I could have kept going. But I had made it full circle back to my car, and I had to go pick Nick up from kindy. I’ve got 3 weeks, is that long enough to go from running 4kms to running 8? I don’t know. Am I just being self-doubtful, negative, scared of failing? I don’t know that, either. I think I still have a few days to decide.
In the meantime, I’m proud that I’ve made it 5 weeks and am still going. I’m proud that I can see slight improvements in my breathing, my fitness, my determination to keep going. If I was seeing some weight loss it would be even more motivating, so I’m trying so very, very hard to change my eating habits (and not drink so much wine!). I am wearing a pair of jeans that I’m pretty sure didn’t fit 2 months ago. So that is something, right?
I’m so grateful to the ladies who inspired me to start this (Linda, Lyndal, Kate, Naomi) and proud of what they have all accomplished as well. Its so much easier with great support. And with this kind of running scenery (taken on different routes/different runs)…
Linking up with Kate Says Stuff for Fitness Friday!