I ran so far away. Flock of Seagulls anyone?
Saturday I wasn’t able to make it to BARK. Not because I was lazy and bailed on the dogs but because my feet were killing me from some good blisters that formed on both of my big toes. Mmm, what a great way to pull you in right? Ha.
So don’t wear crappy socks while running! Also, when your coach tells you to wear wool and not cotton socks on a rainy run day, make sure you actually wear wool socks and not cheaper cotton ones instead! Lesson learned. You know when the sand is super hot at the beach but instead of putting your sandals on to walk across it (sandals and sand = sand kicked up on the back of your legs which is the worst) you tiptoe/run while saying saying ‘Ow’ ‘Ooch’ ‘Eech’ the whole time? Yeah, picture me doing that in the house all day Saturday.
This isn’t even the point of my post. The point is that the blisters were worth it. I ran for an hour on Saturday. A WHOLE HOUR. While you watched two episodes of Income Property, I ran… the whole time. This seriously boggles my mind.
One hour and 49 seconds. I ran for 6 miles.
But I’m seriously not writing this to brag, I’m writing to say that you can run (and like it) too!
If you read my previous running post, you know that I used to hate running. During that time, I regularly went to the gym to run on the
dreadmill treadmill. There would always be a girl who was already running when I got there and still running when I left! Sometimes she was still running after I finished my ab and weights workouts! I’d often calculate in my mind how long she’d been trucking along and many times it was about an hour. I’d think, ‘Man I’d DIE if I ran for a hour!’ or ‘Isn’t that super boring?’. Saturday I didn’t die and I wasn’t super bored. Craziness.
It’s all about your approach.
Here are a couple of things I do to enjoy and succeed at running:
- Take your time – if you can’t talk, you’re running way too fast (unless your doing sprints on purpose).
- Add distance slowly – to give you an idea, with our 10k training we’ve added an extra mile about every two weeks.
- Enjoy the scenery – this helps me tremendously. If your neighborhood is boring like mine, go somewhere else!
- Focus on your form – here’s a good article about the subject.
- Stay positive – even this summer when I was enjoying running, I didn’t think I could run for a whole hour. Negativity is a waste of time! If I’m struggling on a run I often think of the words ‘strength’ and ‘peace’.
- Just do it – Nike is right. You’ll regret not trying more than the actual run.
The sign up for the Marine Corp Marathon opens in 2 days so my husband and I will be registering for it soon! While running those six miles on Saturday the negativity crept in and I thought, ‘How the heck can I run more than four times the amount I’m doing now?! There’s no way.’. Then, I instantly erased that negative thought by realizing that I didn’t have to run that far tomorrow, next month, or even this summer. I have plenty of time to train. I just need to take it slow and the mileage will add up.
Do you have any exercise hurdles that you’ve overcome? How’d you do it?
We’re running seven miles next Saturday but I’ll be sure to wear the right socks so that I make it to BARK afterward! The sooner we go again, the sooner we can choose our new foster dog. 🙂