Wednesday, July 17, 2013

W1D1: Starting Over

Last week when I went out for some runs, it just didn't feel right. I know that I'm less than a month away from running my first 10K, but with the training I was doing, I felt like I was rushing myself and not really having a solid plan for how to move forward.

A couple of years ago, I tried doing Couch to 5K for the first time. I did it on and off for about four months, but only made it up to week 5 due to a lack of consistency on my part.

Thinking back to how I did that time, I realized that if I want this time to be different, I need to be a lot more consistent with my efforts. And also, I need to not get ahead of myself and really focus on building up my endurance.

So that's exactly what I did this morning. I decided to start over from the beginning, at Week 1- Day 1, because I need to do this right. I realize that with the 10K being less than a month away, I won't get through the entire 10K program by race time. However, I hopefully will improve my endurance, run faster, and increase my confidence.

With that said, here's how today's run went!

Where: Concordia University Outdoor Track
When: 7 AM

My back was still hurting from lifting a heavy laundry bag yesterday, and my right knee is still occasionally in pain for some unknown reason, so I wasn't sure how those factors would affect my running today. Fortunately, my body turned off the pain while I was on the track, and I forgot all about what wasn't feeling well.

The workout was over much quicker than I had expected, and I'm already looking forward to doing Day 2 tomorrow morning. I think that what also helped me was running on a track, since (and I know this may sound cheesy) I felt like a runner.

On my agenda of things to change: Glasses and headphones. I need to get my glasses tightened since they kept slipping off of my face, and I need to get headphones that wrap around the back of my neck since my earbuds kept trying to slip out. Fixing both of these things should help me keep focused on my running instead of constantly trying to put things back where they should be. Thanks, sweat!

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