Went for my first run since May this year — running is hard. Really underestimated preparing for Sunday’s 5k and hoping to survive the run gracefully. Did about 30 minutes today by the waterfront area, without music (boo no headphone jack on the Pixel 2 and my uncomfortable pair of Skullcandy brand bluetooth headphones that don’t have a long enough battery charge) and I panted an awful lot at an inconsistent pace.
Towards the last few minutes of my run, I definitely felt some improvement from when I started and picked up a comfortable pace. I guess I’m just not so used to a steady jogging movement yet as all the fitness classes I’ve taken the past couple months have been more high intensity and fast paced.
One of the main reasons I want to try out long distance running is to challenge my endurance and stamina. This week is going to take a lot of discipline to really focus on consistent runs and watching my training, eating and resting habits.
It helps that a friend of mine has been motivating me to keep going and I’m keeping her tips in mind as I go for my next few runs:
Remember to breathe deep slow breaths, key to keeping up — don’t pant!
Don’t run too fast at the beginning and start at a slower than usual pace so you won’t get tired too quickly going into it
Form can be important too, ensure that your neck isn’t bent all the way down and restricting your airways
Keep shoulders relaxed and don’t tense them
Try to be as loose as possible everywhere on your body, except your lower body
Though six days to train before the actual run seems hopeful so I won’t set my expectations too high and expect to finish without a fight. This week is going to take a lot of discipline to really focus on consistent runs and watching my training, eating and resting habits. I really want this overall experience to be enjoyable and possibly turn into a routine thing if I like it enough (it’ll be a lot cheaper than spin class for one).