Thursday, January 24, 2008

Back in the Saddle

I feel much better today. I ran my 8, 8 & 5 minute intervals yesterday and felt good afterward. I am much more confident running for 8 minutes than running for 10 minutes, but I'm going to work up to 10 minutes at a time. I think tomorrow I am going to do three 8 minute runs, walking for 2-3 minutes between each. I am no longer following C25K because they want you to run for 20 minutes at least at this point and I'm just not capable of that at this point. I wish I was still on the program, but I feel better doing what works for me rather than push myself doing something I'm not ready to do.

Today my Mom and I went with her hiking group to the Red & Black Mountains in Boulder City, NV. We hiked for 6.5 miles. It was tough going up. There was a lot of loose rock and I only had running shoes on. Actually, the shoes are coming apart. The stitching is gone on both of them. They definitely need replaced. I think I am going to get another pair of New Balance. I have been running in them and haven't had any foot problems, so I feel kind of loyal to them. The view from the top was amazing. You could see the Las Vegas strip in the distance to the north and Lake Mead sort of south east. Very cool. It continues to amaze me what my body is now able to accomplish. I feel inspired again. I'm definitely running tomorrow and I think we might hike again on Saturday.

Thanks for all your support! As always, I appreciate your comments immensely.


Laura N said...

Your hike sounds challenging and rewarding.

Definitely get some new running shoes. They will make a difference in how your feel when you are running.

There's nothing wrong with taking walk breaks when you run. I still do and I've been running since last spring (not that long, but I do call myself a runner =), and it's an exception rather than a rule when I run for long periods of time without a walk break.

As long as you're running, you're a runner.

KL said...

I'm glad you're no longer laying like broccoli. I got about 20 minutes of the end of Pretty Woman last night, and that always makes me laugh.

totegirl said...

My running buddy and I got pretty far in the program. She made it to :28, and I made it to :25. We both realized that it was too painful on the knees to go straight through, so now we alternate between four :05 runs or three :07 runs with :02 walks in between sets. It's much more fun for us, plus it all equals out to between :40 and :45 of exercise.

You're doing the right thing by sticking with what you feel comfortable doing. Keep up the good work!