Some days I feel I could conquer running 10km no problem, other days, well I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other to finish my 5km circuit; funny how we have “on” and “off” days.
I have been doing this running thing now for 8 months – can’t believe it’s been that long. Thought I would have been doing much better by now, then again, I’m not sure what or who I am supposed to be comparing myself to seeing as I had never run before.
My first goal was to run an entire kilometre without having to walk and then work my way to doing a 5km route under an hour. I have successfully achieved both targets and now run my full 5km route in just over 35 and a half minutes. Trying really hard to crack the 35 minute mark.
I mentioned previously I started running with heavier arm weights as the arms need as much help as they can get! Seems though I may have bitten off a little more than I can chew as I start getting aches and pains in my lower back – almost stitch like plus the heavier weights have slowed my time down – updated plan is alternating between the heavier and lighter weights.
I am also changing my routine for a while to see if it will improve my times from a 6 day running week to a one day on one day off – I feel like I want to start climbing the walls when I don’t run so will see how I go with the new schedule.
The latest bit of unsolicited advice I received was, “You know you are killing yourself and you are ageing yourself with all this running.” Well, aint that grand! I am running 5km, not 100km! Shame, poor old man is only trying to be helpful I guess. He also wants to stop me running and chat for half an hour while he is out for his walk and insists on flagging me down for a chat. I just smile and wave as I pass him now.
The strangest of things come to mind while I run and I keep telling myself to put it on the list when I get home or make the call or whatever it is and as you can guess, I don’t remember any of it when I get home, except for when I am out running again. Might have to keep pen and paper with me – haa.
I still haven’t done a morning run – I know, can you believe it. It will have to wait until the weather starts warming in the mornings before I venture out – great excuse to keep putting a friend off who reminds me most weeks to join in with a Parkrun – not entirely sure why I keep putting it off – don’t feel I am a proper runner yet I guess. Geoff, I promise I will do a parkrun with you soon-ish. :-)
How is your exercise routine going?