My last few posts have been lacking a certain… something… Like running! Lots of excitement there!
My birthday was the 19th and, as promised, I registered for my first 5k. Lucky for me, the boyfriend agreed to run with me! So Royal Family 5k, here we come! I am really just beyond excited. Now, if I could just get that pesky sister to come, too…
In light of being officially registered for the race, I got back onto the Couch-to-5k train. I am almost done with week 5 and I am only doing it when I am running indoors on a treadmill. I am still having some serious trouble pacing myself outdoors. I have also been having some trouble with my asthma as well with the air getting colder. I am going to see if breathing through something like a neck gaiter will help me since the air will be warmer that way. I’m also going to start just using my rescue inhaler before a work-out, as is often directed for people with exercise-induced asthma. I use my maintenance inhaler every morning, but maybe that’s not enough as it gets colder.
Last week, I had the pleasure of running with different people, something I haven’t done before. On Tuesday, I went out to a park with my friend. He helped me on my running form and breathing techniques. It was really eye-opening just to run with someone else who was paying attention. I felt bad as I am still slow and still walk often during runs, so he wasn’t getting much of a work out, but I benefited a lot from it. After that, on Thanksgiving day, my stepbrother, his girlfriend, and I went out for a quick go around my sister’s neighborhood. My stepbrother had us doing fun things like sprints and skips, etc.
I am trying to work on things two-fold. I want increased distance and increased steady running time. They will both come together, but I know I have done more distance when breaking up my run with walks. One way or another, I just have to keep progressing so that 5k is in the bag by February. Even if I don’t get as far as I want, I still have to say that I am learning nothing feels better than getting out there and running. I don’t always feel like it, but once I get going, I always feel better after.