I’m Running Further and Further!

Shopping, shopping and more shopping! I feel like all I’ve been talking about recently is how my boyfriend and I are shopping for furniture for his new place, because it feels like that’s ALL we’re doing! As you can probably guess, it was another long weekend of furniture shopping, but that’s not what I’m talking about today.

If you read my blog on Friday (and if you didn’t read it here) you noticed that I was very excited about my 7.5 mile run last Tuesday. That was a major accomplishment for me as it’s the furthest I’ve ever run. For me it was really a validation that all the hard work I’m putting in is paying off.

About a month ago I realized that while my stamina when running had increased my legs were giving out long before I was actually tired. That can be very frustrating, especially when it means you have to stop long before you’re actually ready to. It didn’t take me long to figure out that the reason for this was probably that my legs simply aren’t strong enough.

I focus so much time on cardio, because it’s what I love, and I tend to neglect strength training, because I hate it and find it so boring. What I love about running is that I can escape in my head and just think without interruption. I don’t listen to music while running because I don’t want that distraction. I don’t find strength training relaxing so I avoid it, but neglecting it comes with a price, and for me that meant weaker legs.

Anyways I started incorporating some body weight strength training and on Tuesday I was really excited to see how much of a difference just a week of this would do. Well it’s making a difference! My goal was to run until I couldn’t anymore. I ended up running 7.5 miles, the furthest I’ve ever gone! I stopped at 2.5 and 5 miles for water and to check my phone to see if my boyfriend had officially gotten his house yet, and then for the last 1.5 miles I started walking up all the hills and then running the rest.

I was, and am so proud of myself, but man was I exhausted. I immediately went home, showered, put on some compression sleeves and ate my dinner in front of the TV watching Gilmore Girls. I fell asleep at 10 pm and didn’t wake up until my alarm went off for work the next day.

Awkward Luke hugs are my favorite :-)
Just what I needed!

Getting to experience exactly what my body is capable of is a great feeling and gives me so much motivation to keep pushing myself. Measuring success based on strength and overall health has managed to keep me more positive and on track than any number on a scale ever did. Plus any setbacks I experience aren’t such a big deal anymore, and that’s a great feeling!

Never Say Never!

It’s been a crazy busy week for me! On Sunday my car was making a grinding noise and I realized I needed new brakes. So the past two days were spent researching auto mechanics and then getting the car repaired. It was stressful to say the least and to be honest this blog was the last thing on my mind.

I did manage to get out for a run on Monday and I was so happy with it. It was a 3 mile run and for some reason my legs were super tight so I ended up mostly walking the last mile. However, I was super happy with how the first two miles went. Despite feeling tight I managed to average a ten minute mile for those first two miles.

THAT IS HUGE FOR ME!

I never run 10 minute miles. I usually average around an 11 minute mile, and if I’m taking it easy I’ll be between an 11:30 and 12 minute mile. I don’t stress about my time so that time is fine by me.

I don’t know what happened on Monday though. I looked down at my watch midway through my first mile and noticed my pace and to be honest I had to look down at it again to make sure I didn’t read it wrong, I wasn’t feeling tired so I didn’t slow down. Plus I was curious if I could maintain the pace. Well I did! It felt awesome!

Most of the times when I run it can be pretty routine but I love those moments when my body surprises myself with what it can do, and how much has changed in just a year and a half when I couldn’t even run a whole mile without stopping, forget about my speed.

I don’t anticipate that every time I run I’ll average a ten minute mile, but I also don’t think this was a fluke. I’m excited for what’s to come!

I Gave Yoga a Try…

I feel like I’m finally back in the swing of things since spraining my ankle, YAY! I was worried on Monday that the storm that blew through Maryland would ruin my chances of getting a run in. I almost didn’t change into my running gear after work but at the last minute decided I might as well, besides shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers are way more comfortable than a button up shirt, skirt and heels!

Well the sky cleared up right when I reached the park and I was able to get a great run in, one of my best in a very long time! Plus on my run I saw a groundhog. I was disappointed I didn’t have my phone on me so I ran back to my car to get it hoping he would still be there when I returned, and he was! While I was at it, I had to take some selfies as well!

groundhog running

Even though I only went running one time last week it was for a good reason! The Yoga Center of Columbia was offering introductory yoga classes for my favorite price, FREE! I signed up for two classes, runner’s yoga and a basic Yoga 1. I’ve been feeling like I need to introduce more stretching and cross training into my schedule and this was the perfect way to get started.

I had never taken a yoga class before this so I had no idea what to expect before going in, but yoga involves comfy clothes so I was all about it! Each class was a great introduction to pretty basic poses and I learned a lot.

Overall, I preferred the runner’s yoga over the yoga 1 class, which makes sense, seeing as I’m a runner. The class focused more on the lower body, and it felt so good! Plus when I went running the next day I could definitely tell a difference.

I wish I could afford to sign up for yoga classes at the studio, it’s so convenient to where I live and the classes I took were great, but unfortunately part of the reason I run is because it’s cheap and doesn’t require a gym membership. However, now that I at least took a couple actual yoga classes I’m a bit more confident about doing it on my own at home. Plus who knows, maybe in the future my budget will allow for it and I’ll know exactly where to go!

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