I truly have a love/hate relationship with running.
IÂ love the idea of running. Â A cool breeze blowing my hair back as I place one foot in front of the other. Â The freedomÂ of taking a narrow path to well anywhere… The sense of accomplishment after finishing a hard run.
The reality is much different.
The reality is I become a hot sweaty red-faced mess two steps into my run no matter what the temperature outside reads. Â That I’m never completely at peace on my run because well the “boogey-man“. Â And that sense of accomplishment when finishing a run is usually followed by a collapse into the nearest chair while I probe atÂ my “wonky knee” to determine if I’ve pushed it to hard to run again in the near future.
But….Â here I go again.
I’m training for my next half-marathon. Â The race isn’t until January so I have plenty of time to focus on mileage. Â IÂ recruited a friend to train with me.. granted she’s not local so we won’t be running together during training we’ll just keeping each other motivated and accountable. Â And lastly I found a training plan that I think will accommodate my knee flare ups (only running two or three days a week). Â The plan is a 16 week training program – yes that means I’ll be way ahead in training for my January half-marathon by the time the 16 weeks are up. Â I’m sure there will be hiccups along the way.
Why don’t you join me in training? Â It doesn’t have to be a half-marathon. Â A 5K Â has a nice ring to it also. Â Don’t want to run? Â Walk. Â Hike. Â Kayak. Â Anything that gets you out of your comfort zone. Â Set a goal and stick with it. Â Just think…Â by the time the new year rolls around you won’t have to make that same ‘ole resolution to start exercising. Â It’ll already be imprinted. Â You’ll get to pick something new for a resolution like … traveling more.
This website was founded on Angela and my beliefs of taking conscientious steps towardsÂ making small healthy lifestyle changes. Â I’m taking the steps to document the ups and downs in Â my journey in the hopes that those of you that need a little inspiration to get started… start.
Day #1Â workout: Run 2 miles &Â 20-30 mins of Strength Training/Stretching:
Ran on the treadmill since it was 90+ degrees outside and a million plus humidity. Â Running inside didn’t help. Â I was beat-red, sweaty and Â glaring at the timer by the time one minute had passed. Â Only upside was the 80’s music blaring in the room.
Completed Pilates (DVD) workout for strength and stretching. Â Let’s not pretend that I haven’t been doing this DVD on and off for a year. Â When I started using this DVD last year -Â I could only hold aÂ plank if I was on my knees.
Tomorrow’s (Day #2) workout will be 30 minutes Strength Training and Stretching