...that's what I tell myself when I feel like stopping (which is a lot).
On my last post, I mentioned that in five weeks I went from absolutely hating running to running 4.5 miles without stopping. I got a few comments from people asking how I did it, so I thought I'd fill you guys in on what I've been doing with the hopes of inspiring even just one person to do something similar.
One of the things I wanted to do in 2011 was to get in the best shape of my life. It's no secret that you put weight on during pregnancy. I lost all the baby weight (plus some) within six months, but my body certainly did not have the same shape it used to (eventhough I weighed more pre-baby).
I was determined to get into the best shape of my life so that after I have #2 (in the distant future) (no mom, I'm not pregnant) I won't have a post-baby body x2 to lose (you bounce back quicker if you're in shape to begin with. duh.) Also, I've tried quite a few workouts but nothing has ever given me the results that running has...so running it is!
So what did I do you ask?
- I wrote down my goal (like I previously mentioned). This made it concrete and harder to ignore.
- I signed up for an 8k (About 5 miles). This gave me a goal to work towards. No excuses now. I'm doing the Shamrock Run on March 13th...two weeks to go!
- I was properly fitted for running shoes that worked with the way I run. Don't just go out and buy the shoes you think are the cutest. I made that mistake first, and my hip paid the price.
- I got breathable (non-cotton) workout gear, including shorts, knee length pants, a tank top, socks and a few sports bras. It's amazing how much farther you can run if you're comfortable!
- I made a training plan. Well, Chris did for me with the help of his excellence (get it?!)...
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I cross off the days as I go and I really enjoy crossing out those little boxes!
(we checked out the JM workouts from the public library and ripped them onto our computer, not the best quality but who cares, you're working out!)
These are the other workouts that I do because I want to break up the
running but still be working out 5 days a week:
(I workout for an average of 45mins a day, though the fitball/short JM days are about 25mins)
Giam fitball workout kit. Bought at Target (also $23.98 at Amazon). Comes with a 4lb. medicine ball and a great dvd with two workouts. This is the workout I started out with after Bennett was born. Great for beginners!
It would be ideal to just run MWF but I go grocery shopping every other friday morning, which left me no energy for running (3-4 different stores with a toddler is hard people)! That explains the switcheroo on those weeks.
Speaking of being tired, I think it's extremely important to schedule in a time for exercise, because it is so easy to just push it away if it's not "convenient", then before you know it you are going to bed feeling guilty that you put it off yet again! I'm not saying I'm perfect at this by any means but I do know that I feel a lot better about myself when I get in a workout. Just last week I started getting up at 5:30 to go run while Bennett is still sleeping and Chris is getting ready for work. I really like getting my workout out of the way so I don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day. If it works for you to get up early to make sure you get your workout in, I would definitely recommend it!
Recently, Sheena (also a former hater) has written two posts that are inspiring and packed full of good info for beginning runners. Read running101 and running 201. Oh and the 3-mile wall she talks about is real. The first three miles are always the hardest while your body warms up. It gets better after that. I promise!
Regardless of everything I have posted here, I wouldn't be able to do any of it without my awesome hubby. Aside from planning my training schedule, for a majority of the time Chris has been coming home on his lunch breaks to stay with Bennett so that I can go run. He also is going to be running right next to me on race day! Even though he is planning to do his first marathon this year (he's crazy, I know) it still means a lot for him to run my little ol' 8k with me! Thanks Chris. :)