...but I actually like running. In the past, I've embarked on running (jogging?) journeys after being frustrated with myself for eating poorly or not exercising. I would dive right into it and be out of breath before I reached the end of the block. Needless to say, I always fancied myself more of a dance/cardio DVD person rather than a runner. That's why I've spent the last four months relying on Jillian (Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism) and Bob (Cardio Rev) to strengthen my heart and get me in shape. Well folks, looks like that dynamic duo did me more than a favor. Not only did I get results from the DVDs, but I also built my endurance to the point where I pounded out 2.4 miles on my first day after a 2-year-long hiatus from running. It's not much, but it's something! Here's a breakdown of my thought process the whole time:
Ok, remember to breathe. In through the nose, out through the mouth. Wow, the breeze feels so nice. It's pretty out here. I'm so pasty. I can't believe I'm still going. I barely made it to this point last time. Holy crap, I hope that dog doesn't jump on me...the owner needs to put him on a leash. Yes! I love this song. Funny how it's making me go faster. I wonder if I can eat extra bread and pasta now that I'm going to run. This is getting a little harder, but I'm ok. I can't believe I'm still going. Ew, the man in that car just honked. How embarrassing and vile. What kind of person does that? Who raised him? It is SO pretty outside. I wonder if my form is right. I'll Google that when I get back. I can't believe I did it!
Random? Yes. Empowering? Definitely.
Since last Monday (4/11), I've stuck with 2.4 miles Mon-Sat. Last week I completed it around 30 minutes. This week, I'm averaging just under 25. Progress! FYI, Caitlin suggested that I don't increase my mileage by more than ten percent per week to prevent injury.
I've neglected my workout DVDs, but am probably going to bust one out today, since it's already dark outside. I've got Jillian's "No More Trouble Zones" on the brain because I don't want to lose muscle definition.
Questions: Are you a runner? Have you experienced loss of muscle definition after embarking on a more rigorous cardio regimen? How do you stay safe while you run? I carry pepper spray. Sometimes a knife. You know, so I can shank people. ;)