If there's any form of exercise that I love just as much as I hate, it's running. I love how it's by far the most challenging exercise to me and I hate it for the same reason. Ha! I never had trouble with burpees, benching my bodyweight, or inversions in yoga. Those all came fairly easily to me, but running...running is hard dude!
For the past year or so, I've been coasting in my workouts. It's fine to read a book on the elliptical every once and a while, but as your only form or exercise when you are trying get fit? Not the best idea. So running it is.
So far, I've been averaging about 6-7 miles a week of running on the treadmill. I'm going slow and steady and working on my endurance instead of speed. Yesterday, I managed to run nonstop for 18 minutes. I was beaming afterwards and had energy to eek out 6 more minutes of jogging after a walk break. That's huge for me.
So you can guess what's coming right?
Yup, my first race in over three years!
I'll be running (okay, jogging, slowly) the Mardi Gras Madness 5K in San Jose and I'm pretty stoked about it. (Many thanks to Maria for being a super Google sleuth and finding it for me. We'll be rooting each other on as we run/walk our East/West Coast 5Ks that weekend).
- Finish without feeling like I'm hyperventilating.
- Start slow and run a steady pace.
- Don't beat myself up for walk breaks.
- Have fun! I mean, it's a Mardi Gras race after all!
Please don't tell me that I'm the only one out there that finds running incredibly difficult...