Outdoor Running: Week One Recap
Last Sunday, I began running outside in my training for the half-marathon. I would have liked to begin running outside sooner, but wussed out because I did not want to run in negative degree cold weather. I did not think that I would have to train my body to run in those conditions for a race on May 31.
In one week, eight days actually, I went from barely making it a mile to running around Lake Calhoun. Progress is always nice; it keeps people motivated.
Highlights of the eight day period:
- Ran six of eight days
- last three runs were at least two miles, with yesterday’s run around Lake Calhoun was arounr 3.5 to 3.7 miles of running (new record)
- minimal side aches; the ones I get I an easily run through
What I learned:
- running with someone does help; thanks to those who suggested that
- a large majority of runners on Lake Calhoun are visually pleasing; I hope I add to that 🙂
- only serious runners apply: the runners at Lake Calhoun are there to run, not socialize.
- I might be breathing wrong; was doing in the nose, out the mouth. Running buddy Caitlin suggested I breathe in and out the mouth: more oxygen, fewer cramps and sideaches
- slow down my pace = running further. Speed will come with time.
My plan from today until race day is to run two days, rest one. Today is a rest day, which is a blessing with how the weather is today. If by the end of the month, I can get to running around 4-5 miles with ease, my confidence will be very high going into the next month of training.
I hope to get a group of people to run with at least once a week, most likely on a weekend. It sounds like that there are quite a few people in my core group of friends that are all about running.
Thanks to everyone supporting me!