You will be very proud to hear I now run the whole course of 3.5km to 4km. Yippee. Yay! Woohoo. So exciting! It literally just happened over night. Not long after I did my last post about how things were going I set out to reaching 1.5km non stop and did it, battled a wee bit to do it again the next day and then a few days following that I was running almost the whole circuit with short bursts of walking in between and then voilà I was running the whole lot.
Even though I am slow at achieving my goals, I am now back on track to attaining my 5km goal. 🙂
I have learnt a few things along the way:
- I can run further than I think I can;
- The first part of a run is the hardest;
- I think up hills are easier than down, I haven’t quite decided yet although I would rather run on a flat road any day of the week;
- It is much easier running on the road than off-road, on the gravel, grass and the like but I will stick to my trail running;
- Running with an ipod has helped tremendously as I don’t get distracted with listening to my “heavy breathing” I rather focus on the music which helps distract me when I am feeling tired. I still need to figure out how many beats per minute I run so I can run in time with the beat of the music with the same beats per minute. For now I am very happy listening to Adele for the most part, KT Tunstall, John Mayer, Nora Jones and Bill Withers and running faster and slower as I go.
- Taking shorter strides allows me to run further as I don’t tire as easily as with a long stride. When I am fitter, I will increase my gait;
- I prefer shorter roads, long ones just don’t seem to end;
- Running the whole route has slowed my running down but I will pick it up again;
- I don’t see too many people on the road but when I do, it motivates me to keep running and not maybe cheat and walk, especially when I am tired;
- Rest days are important but I don’t like taking days off.
How is your exercising routine going?