Running: My Journey Back


Health/Fitness / Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

In one of my last posts, I talked about the epiphany I had because I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted from working out. I decided that, instead of focusing completely on weights and getting stronger, I needed to focus on cardio and working up a sweat. Unlike when I was working out before, I have weight and fat on my body that I need to lose. About 25 pounds of it to be exact. So now, running is my main priority. I want to work my way back up to be able to run without stopping for a while.

If you’re like me, you are not just a natural born runner. If I don’t keep up with running, I’ll lose all of my progress. So, after I became pregnant and I stopped running (or doing anything really), I lost it all. I was really discouraged starting back up again and barely being able to run for 2 minutes without stopping. I wanted to just stop and give up. I was seeing the people around me running miles at a time and I wasn’t even close to that. But, I’ve been pushing through and seeing some major progress now over the last couple of weeks. So, I wanted to give a little play by play of what I’ve been doing and how I’ve been progressing. My hope is that it might encourage someone to start, even if they feel like they’re too far behind.

When I started, I ran almost 2 minutes before I just had to stop. I walked for about 5-6 minutes and then tried running again and could only go about another minute. I chose to just walk on an incline (not much, just .5) for the next 15 minutes and then I stretched really good. From there, I decided my goal was to run 5 minutes without stopping. It is okay to be this far behind! I promise.

For the rest of the week, I was working my way up to that 5 minutes. I would start off by walking for several minutes and then I would run for as long as I could and then end by walking and cooling myself back down.

All of a sudden, I started seeing progress! It went from 3 minutes to 4 minutes to 5 minutes. It was getting easier every day. I’m now up to 11 minutes without tiring out and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I’m even enjoying it and excited to go to the gym now. My next goal is to run 15 minutes without stopping.

My Running Tips:

  • Start off with a 5-6 minute walk. It gets your blood going and your heart rate up some. It helps me get my legs moving and prepared for a run.
  • Don’t look at the time. I’ve made it a point to not look down at the time to see how long I’ve been running until I absolutely feel like I have to stop. It actually caused me to run for longer because I wasn’t counting down to a certain point.
  • Don’t eat a big meal before you run, only a light snack. I can’t run on a full belly. It gives me cramps, makes me nauseas, and makes me tired. I usually will have some kind of protein bar or something small if I’m hungry before we go.
  • Just keep swimming. Find something to keep saying in your mind over and over again. It helps me SO MUCH when I start struggling. My thing is “just keep swimming.” I know that sounds crazy, but I say it in my mind then entire time I’m running and before I know it, 5 and 10 minutes have passed without me realizing it.
  • Stretch. It’s so important to stretch after every run. It helps prepare your body for your next run. It helps loosen you up so you don’t get so sore the next day. It’s just healthier for your body. Just stretch. Trust me.

 

Do I have any runners reading this? Anyone who wants to start running? Lets talk, I’d love to hear your tips and success stories!

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