Running is hard!

So, my 5K walk / run / hobble is now less than two months away. So this morning for the first time I ran outside. I’ve been running on the treadmill for a few weeks now (in bursts, a la C25K), but the more I thought about it the more I realised that while that’s good (all exercise is good :)), it doesn’t necessarily mesh with what I’ll be doing in June.

So starting today I am getting up early and running just a little bit and building up gradually. This morning I did a quick warm up walk and then I ran 600 metres (woo! Over 10% of 5K! – I’m going to take every little victory, believe me :)), and I’m hoping to add 50 to 100 metres on each time I run. Hopefully this, added to gymming and swimming two to four times a week, eating healthy, drinking water, sleeping right, done girl dancing etc. should add up to increased health and pounds down.

Running in the morning is a good thing for me for many reasons – it’s quieter out there (I really don’t feel I need an audience for this right now!). It’s cooler. It’s a heck of a wake up call. I really hope I can sustain this. I was pleasantly surprised at how little running on the pavement hurt my knees…but was a little worried that I was wheezing a little. Cool air was a trigger to my asthma years back and now I’m not medicating for asthma I’d hate to knock myself back on that. Hence the very ‘tortoise’ approach to proceedings.

I have said before I don’t mind if I run or walk the 5K, and that remains true. I’d just hate to think I hadn’t tried, you know?

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6 Comments

  1. Siobhan
    12th April 2010 / 12:55 pm

    Morning exercise is also mooted as a good boost to the metabolism. My morning walk wakes me up (but makes me need a mid morning banana more than ever before).I'm so impressed you are doing this when running does not come naturally (at all!) to you.Also, I know you will, but do keep an eye on your breathing if it is getting hard, don't want this to hurt you. xx

  2. running42k
    12th April 2010 / 4:31 pm

    No better way to start a day then a morning run.

  3. Riot Kitty
    12th April 2010 / 8:02 pm

    Hang in there Claire! I love how running clears my head, but the weather is so miserable here, it's hard to do most of the year.

  4. Christielli
    12th April 2010 / 9:41 pm

    You have just inspired me to consider morning exercise. I always said "it's not possible, I have to be at work too early" but now that it's nice out, I should take advantage… Hmmmm…. HMMMM.Good luck with the running. You can do it!

  5. Andrew_tM
    13th April 2010 / 7:04 pm

    As always Claire, your posts highlight both a dedicated yet common sense approach that I definitely lack.Considering I've also tried running in the morning – and theoretically try every morning, until the snooze button on the alarm clock wins – I'm interested to see how it works out for you.

  6. Rebekah
    15th April 2010 / 4:03 pm

    You go gurl! I have been telling myself I need to start running. I have heard it one of the best ways to shed pounds, which I need to do! I am having a hard time getting motivated to start. It overwhelms me. I am SO not a runner! Hang in there! I think the baby steps are key!

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