May 19, 2014

Runny Mondays!


It’s official, I just got subscribed in a 10k race for september this year! The funny thing about this is that I have never run more than a few meters (to catch the bus), so we’ll see how it goes!

Apart from volleyball once a week and biking every now and then, I wanted to do something else to stay active during the summer. I don’t know if it’s the races trend I’ve seen lately or the pretty pictures of people jogging in commercials…but I’m determined to train and do it! I also want my experience to inspire others and maybe show you that anyone with determination can do what they want. And of course, I want to do this for ME. I love testing my limits and trying different things. I love the sensation of setting and accomplishing goals so I’m really excited about this. 

I will start a “Runny Mondays” feature on the blog in which I’ll post every monday about my progress and anything about jogging I learn or experience.

After reading about other people’s experiences, I decided that for the first week I will run for 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week. The 20 minutes will be done by running 1 minute and then walking for 1 minute, then running 1 minute and walking 1 minute, and so on…I don’t want to start off too "strong" since I have zero training in running and I don’ t want to hate it haha. 

Any advice is also welcomed (I seriously know very little), so feel free to comment or email me, let’s share experiences!


Here’s a summary of my first 2 runs:

Day 1: 
-Distance: 3 km
-Time: 22 min
-How: walked 1 min and run 1 minute
-Where: near my house
-How I felt: fine during the run, but not so well when I got home
-What I ate:
*Before: 2 hours pre-run I had a normal breakfast, whole grain toast with peanut butter and strawberries, plus decaf coffee and orange juice. 
*After: 30 minutes post-run I had a peanut butter healthy cookie.
*I also had 1 full glass of water right after I got home
-Notes: what should I do with the house keys and phone while I run? Also, I need to update my iPod with running-music!

Day 2:
-Distance: 3km
-Time: 21 min
-How: walked 1 minute and run 1 minute
-Where: near my house
-How I felt: fine during the run, a bit better than last time when I got home
-What I ate:
*Before: 2 hours pre-un I had a normal breakfast, whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana, plus decaf coffee and orange juice. 
*After: 30 minutes post-run I had a peanut butter healthy cookie and a green smoothie (banana, strawberries, pear, milk 1%, oats and spinach)
*I also had 1 full glass of water right after I got home
-Notes: le boyfriend came with me this time, it’s nice having company :)

So, in general, my first runs went well. Doing the 1 minute run and 1 minute walk worked pretty good for me. During the first 10 minutes I was feeling perfect and during the last 10 I was a bit more tired. On the first run I didn't feel good at all when I got home. I kept needing to sit down for a few seconds because I was feeling a bit dizzy. I don’t really know why this happened, but it also happened to me during my first spinning class at the beginning of this year…the feeling ended up going away so I’m going to see if it gets better. I actually felt a bit better after the second run. I’m still pretty excited about accomplishing this goal :)

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