I’m five weeks into my 5k training, so I figured it was time for a quick status update.
Aside from the fact that it’s very hard to find the time to run, it is going very well. Today was my longest continuous run (with no walking). 20 straight minutes! I’m pleased to say that it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be and, although I was very happy when the voice in my earphones told me to start my cool down, I probably could have run a bit further.
I’m pretty amazed that in just a few weeks, I’ve gone from feeling breathless and in pain after just a minute of jogging to being able to run for 20 minutes straight. I guess that shows that these “learn-to-run” programs actually work!
That’s not to say that I don’t feel any pain. I’m definitely starting to notice how hard it can be on your body. I’ve tried really hard to be better at stretching after my runs and I think that has helped a bit. But, on days that I’ve run (and usually also gone for a least one long walk with the stroller) I find that my legs and lower back are pretty sore. A nice hot bath and some ibuprofen help a bit but it still sucks to feel pain.
I also did my first ever treadmill run last weekend. I know, I know, I’m probably the only person on the planet who had never run on a treadmill before. But why would I? I hated running and the idea of running indoors in one spot just seemed ridiculous to me. Anyway, we were visiting my sister this past weekend for my niece’s baptism and they have a treadmill in their basement. Since the weather was crappy and cold, I decided to give it a try. And guess what? I didn’t hate it! It took a bit of getting used to at first (I had a tendency to step too far forward in the beginning and was hitting the part where the belt comes out). I also felt a little bit dizzy at the end when I first stepped off. Other than that, it felt pretty good. And the best part was the my body didn’t hurt nearly as much as running on the sidewalk.
My weight has finally dropped below 140lbs and I even saw 135.7 one day, which was a huge win. 135 is pretty normal for me, although I was probably closer to 130 in the time between pregnancies. I think I would feel pretty good about myself if I could remain consistently at 135, but I also know that I’m probably going to struggle with that until I’m done breastfeeding.
So, all in all, the running is going well. It’s been a bit of a struggle but I’ve managed to fit in three runs per week. On top of that, I do an indoor exercise class twice a week (mostly weight training and core work with a little bit of cardio) and I go on a lot of walks. I hope that I can continue to keep it all up as the weather gets colder but I know it will definitely be harder to motivate myself to go outside.