Running Update 7

Wow, I can’t believe I’m writing this… but I am on my last 4 runs for the 5K program. It’s actually been longer than 8 weeks because of life updates, fatigue, and a hurricane. Usually, I run outside on a trail that has a slight incline, but I have done my last 3 runs on a treadmill and wow I’m addicted. I could run on the treadmill (with no incline) for 30 minutes- easily. With the weather switching up (nature in NC decided to just go ahead and switch to winter lol fall was skipped), it wouldn’t be the worst thing for me to rotate. However, for the sake of increasing the strength of my legs, I won’t run on the treadmill too often. Also, I like running outside because it distracts me from the burning sensation in my legs.

I have finally been keeping up with my 4x per week cardio goals too. I haven’t really noticed any weight loss, which was my next goal, but I have noticed that bloating and allergies are pretty much gone since I’ve increased my frequency and length of my cardio sessions. I’m going to try to add cinnamon, tumeric, and ginger to more of my foods and beverages and see if it helps any. I’m so proud and excited though!

Running Update 6

This morning I ran. Usually, when it’s time for me to walk- I hear a little “ding” and a voice telling me to stop. Well, I was so proud to have gone the distance that I went without hearing the ding. I thought, “dang I’m going fast! I’m on a roll!!”. I was only supposed to run for 10 minutes at a time, so when I started to feel tired and had gone so far, I checked my phone and realized that I mistakenly left it on silent and I had been running for 16 minutes. I almost can’t believe it. When I started this, I was hardly able to go 5 minutes without running out of breath. Now, I’m going 16. I’ve learned that my current optimal distance-running pace is 12-13 minutes per mile. When I go this slow, I can keep going for long periods of time without running out of breath or energy too fast. I’m thinking of changing my route to one that is longer and has a more challenging terrain, mainly because I feel that my current route is too short.

As a side note, my weight has dropped, finally. I’ve decided to take my weight 10lbs at a time because I’m not just concerned with losing weight, but losing it permanently. Having a better understanding of what my diet and physical activity needs to look like (as I go down every 10lbs) will help me to know what I need to keep doing, once I reach my goal weight. Currently, I’m only 20-25lbs from where I want to be. Actually, I’ve been 20-25lbs away since I lost the weight two years ago. These last pounds just don’t want to go! I know that there’s a lifestyle change that needs to happen, based on the fact that I haven’t been able to lose the pounds- but I also haven’t gained any.

Week 4 of Running

I would be on week 5 right now, but I had to skip a week. Since I started running, I have been much more fatigued than ever before. I wasn’t sure if it was a diet-related problem or a sleep issue, but I had been having problems with migraines and staying awake while studying. So, I analysed my sleeping habits as well as my diet and I made some changes. Instead of waking up 1 hour before my run, which I was doing because I wanted to believe that I could force myself to get up and spend 1 hour doing something like journaling, I wake up at the time that I need to go running and immediately get dressed and leave. I’ve also noticed some insomnia since I’ve been paying attention to my habits. The insomnia is due to anxiety that I have not completed enough to go to sleep- which will lead to my failure. On school days, I only wake up 1 hour before class and no more. Sleeping away from my phone has helped and I am highly considering purchasing a kindle instead, so that I can read until I fall asleep. Meditation helps somewhat with falling asleep, but it actually seems to cause nightmares that are flashbacks of traumatic events. I’ve started eating mixed-green salads several times per week, along with more sauteed vegetables, and less bread. I also don’t eat past 7pm. This has made me feel a bit better as well.

The last run that I did was a little tough, but I realized my form was the cause. I was intentionally widening my stride because I recognize that I have a short stride and I thought it was a problem. The increase in running periods hasn’t been that bad though, I just have to remember to keep my posture upright. I’m looking forward to week four!

Week 2 of Running

I almost can’t believe that I’ve kept up with exercising all summer and through now because I have had the toughest time trying to convince myself that I am capable of being in shape. Yet, here I am, working on week 2 of the couch to 5k plan. I realized last week that the route that I’ve been running on actually has a slight incline, which makes me even more excited about my progress. I’m really looking forward to observing my running abilities by the mid-point. I have yet to make any dietary changes though, and I sometimes wonder what effect my diet is having on how well I’ve been doing or could be doing.

Ready to Run

I think I’m finally ready to change my relationship with food and exercise. I’ve been working on this change for a while now, but I think I’m ready to see it through. In the past, I was hooked on my weight and my appearance, but these days I’m thinking of something else. My thoughts are about my health now and where I see myself in the next 10 years. I realize that beauty may fade, but I want my health to be in tact. 10 years from now, I’ll still be young and I want to have my mobility. Beyond that, I want to have healthy lifestyle habits that I can carry even into my elderly years.

Since I don’t like working out, I knew I needed to find something comfortable and convenient to get myself back into the habit of working out often. I considered martial arts, getting a personal trainer, and all of the work out apps available, but none of them were that appealing. Plus, I feel like I tried them all already. So I decided to keep it as simple as possible and just start with walking. Before I knew it, the distance and speed was steadily increasing. Now I’m training to run a 5k and my long term goal is to increase my speed or distance.

I try not to think about my weight or my appearance at all and instead, I put all of my energy into my performance. As far as my diet goes, I’m still doing my research on how to improve it, but I’m stuck in that “I  already eat healthy” mindset… and I really do believe that I have very healthy eating habits already. So we’ll see.