I've been working on my running for about a month now. It's funny to think that a mere two months ago I had proclaimed to the world that walking was my new fitness of choice. Guess that didn't last long!
Week-to-Week Run Progress
March 16-22: ran 5 miles, walked 12 miles
March 23-29: ran 9 miles, walked 5 miles
March 30-April 5: ran 14 miles, walked 8 miles
April 6-12: ran 12.5 miles, walked 7.75 miles
To celebrate one month of running, here are my small running victories:
Running Victory #1: Finding Inspiration
Running blogs and Instagram have been my main sources of inspiration. I've been trying to participate as much as possible in RunThisYear's #RTY April Instagram challenge, which has kept me running! I've also been seeking out blogs authored by fellow runners -- their stories about training, running gear, races and more keep me motivated to get out and join the others for a run. Deb from One Mother of A Day inspired me to share my running story (in case you missed it!)
Running Victory #2: Cross-Training and Rest Days
This past week, I ran pretty far two consecutive days and when I woke up on day three, I got out of bed and I knew: my legs were tired. Just going up and down the stairs was exhausting. So I took the day easy and went for an easy bike ride (it helped that it was 70F and gorgeous outside).
Running Victory #3: Rotating the Shoes
I've started rotating my running shoes! This was a practice I picked up the two years I ran the San Diego Marathon (that was four years ago!) I loved how it came so naturally to me to start rotating my shoes once my running frequency picked up.
Running Victory #4: Creating New Playlists
When my workouts were 100% walking, I listened to audiobooks most of the time, but now that I'm running, I like to listen to music because it's energizing and helps me keep moving. I was listening to old playlists from last August, and after a few weeks of running, I knew it was time to make create a few new playlists. Right now I'm listening to alot of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as well as Lorde.
Running Victory #5: Using the Foam Roller
I was surprised when, in my second consecutive week of running when I felt a tightness in my IT band. I knew what I needed to fix it...but it took awhile to locate the good 'ol foam roller. Once I found it and started using it only then did I recall that using the foam roller can be painful before it starts feeling good. But totally worth it!
Have you had any running victories lately, big or small?