W5D3…not really

I completed Week 5 today, well, not really. What I did do was get out of the house and go for a run. I did not actually run the two straight miles the program asked me to. I have been thinking about this run since I saw what was next on Thursday. Even my husband asked me why the program had me go from running 3/4 mile to 2 straight miles. I did not have an answer for him.

Today was cooler then usual so I figured I could just run around the neighborhood instead of driving all the way to the gym. The run around here is a lot hillier and harder then the run at the gym so its not exactly “taking it easy” when I decide to run at home. Towards the end of the 5 minute warm up is a steep hill and after that my legs are usually like “really, you want me to run after this??” So two whole miles didn’t seem very possible.

I started out and felt good for a little while but the burning quickly ensued and I had to keep telling myself, just a little farther, just a little farther. Unfortunately I don’t know how far into the run I was when I gave up. I think I had gone about a mile, if I’m lucky. I walked a little (maybe 30 seconds) and tried to run again. I maybe ran a minute or two more then walked the rest of the way home. My legs felt so heavy and I was pouring sweat. I don’t even think I made it to the end of the two miles for running. My total distance today was 2.28 miles which should be more like 2.5 if you include the distance from the warm-up and cool-down. Maybe I’ll be ready next time I need to run 2+ miles straight. Maybe.

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Yup, I looked like a hot mess at the end of my run.

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W5D1

Ran Week 5 Day 1 this afternoon. And it’s a scorcher today. And there are fires nearby so it’s smoky. Probably one of those days were I should have opted for the treadmill instead. Have I mentioned how much I hate the treadmill? Not a fan.

Yet here I am, alive, and not much worse for the wear. I came home sweatier then usual and I am so not a fan of being overheated and super sweaty. After I took the shower I felt all nice and clean and refreshed and…healthy! A girl could get used to that.

There were so many points where I wanted to quit. And it’s not like I was running at a feverish pace. I was going sllllooooooowwwww. So slow. But I love the feeling of having finished another “run” and the feeling after I’ve done some sort of physical exercise. So I stuck with it and am very happy that I did.

Since hubby is working from home today, I ran out and got us Subway sandwiches for lunch. I am stupidly obsessed with their sandwiches. I made a change! I got my sandwich on wheat bread for the first time ever. I never do that. Italian and sourdough bread are my peeps! But my new attitude is about making small changes here or there. By making these small changes, I hope to really craft out new eating habits. It’s my eating habits that are really the thing that gets me in the most trouble weight wise. I also splurged and got avocado. It’s more money of course but its all those healthy fats right? Plus I just think it’s delicious.

Tomorrow is Boot Camp Day 2. I’m scared….and tired. Mostly just scared scared scared. I just know its going to hurt. a lot.

Week 4 completed!

Yay! I finally completed Week 4 after the second attempt! Today was hard. Not so much running today as just jogging, to just get thru it. Ran again on the “track” that starts behind the gym. There are lots of ups and downs so I knew to pace myself from the start. Just so darn glad to have it behind me.

Next week I start a boot camp at the gym, hopefully I won’t be too sore to get in my runs. Boot camp is MWF so I’ll have to do my runs on TThS I suppose. I KNOW I will be too exhausted after the hour long boot camp to get in my run that same day.

W4D2…again!

Today I was able to cram in another run. I ran a loop around our neighborhood. It was hard work. My neighborhood has a LOT of ups and downs. The sweat was dripping from my head when I got home.

I wouldn’t say I ever got a runner’s high but there was a point where running was…dare I say….enjoyable. I’m sure it was on a flat stretch 😉 One thing I try to always tell myself when it gets hard is how much better I feel when I have completed a run. I feel so much more alive and awake and excited! It was super hot out, even at 11:30am. I was sure I was going to be sunburned when I got home. I don’t think I am though, just a tad bit tanner. Runner’s tans always look fabulous right?!

Running outdoors is so much harder but having done it two days in a row, I REALLY don’t want to go back on the treadmill.

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I was ready to collapse onto the floor when I returned home.