This week was tricky because of D’s work schedule, but I managed to squeeze in my fourth and fifth runs. I tried taking an antihistamine before the runs to combat the itch I’ve been experiencing. The first time, about 5 minutes into my run, I started feeling the itch around my mid-back. It was as intense as the time before and I was able to ignore it. My legs never got itchy, so that was a relief. The second time, I didn’t experience any itchiness at all. I’ll keep taking the antihistamines on run days to see if it’s actually helping or just a fluke.
My new favourite thing these days is my fitbit one! I used the fitbit flex (the wrist version) from May until the end of August. I really enjoyed it until I realized how many steps it wasn’t counting. When I would go out for walks with my mom, who also had a flex, our step counts would be hugely different. I realized pretty quickly that it was pushing the stroller that was interfering with the accuracy.
D finally convinced me to replace my flex with the fitbit one. He was curious about the number of steps he was taking everyday, so he took my flex. After a week of use, I can say that it is making a huge difference for me! I used to struggle to hit 10,000 steps, even with walking a couple of hours a day. Last week, on my third day of using it, I got 19,000. And one day this week I got more than 21,000 steps!! Both those days consisted of more than one walk and a run, but even on a “slow” day, I’m seeing many more steps captured. I also really enjoy the fact that it counts stairs because I run up and down our stairs many times a day.
It’s funny how competitive I get with myself now that I have it. I also get competitive with my (very few) friends who are also using fitbits. (Haha, I had to type that word five times before it stopped autocorrecting to “titbits!”) I love seeing myself at the top of the leaderboard and I get extra-annoyed when my husband starts catching up to me. It’s funny how much this little gadget can push me to move more.
So, it appears that I’ve pretty much survived my first two weeks of running training. Aside from some minor muscle aches, I’m feeling pretty good. My next goal is to work harder at stretching. I’m a terrible stretcher and my muscles are always tight. My flexibility sucks. I know that stretching is super important and I don’t want to end up injuring myself so I need to commit to doing this. Starting tomorrow, I swear.