Ready to Run
Monday, September 19, 2011
I have had such motivation problems lately. I have used every ridiculous excuse NOT to eat right and stay on track with my nutrition. But last night I decided it's time for me to start running again. I love running! It is such therapy for me. I feel like exercising is boring or tedious, but running....ahhhh, running is different. I feel alive when I run. I sometimes feel I could go on and on for miles. I need that feeling again. I think that if I focus on running and sign up for a 5k, I will start to view exercise as my means to an end rather than a chore.
I will have to start slow.....very slow. Injuries that sidelined me in the past are waiting to plague my progress if I push too hard. I visited RunnersWorld.com and added some strength training exercises for my knees and I have a plan. I will strengthen my knees by doing these exercises 3x a week. I will also use my elliptical trainer 3x a week going forward most of the time and alternating backwards every 5 minutes to strengthen the muscles near the knee. This is a trick the Ortho docs prescribed for me.
I'm not going to wait until I lose weight to run. I will begin running tomorrow but I will be smarter this time. I will walk 5 minutes and run 1 minute. I will gradually increase the running periods, while constantly checking my body for signs of injury. I will also run only 2 days a week to start. Tuesday's and Saturdays will be the days I really look forward to. The other days I will consider my training regimen in order to run.
My boys are anxious to do another race, so we are considering signing up for the Great Santa Run here in Vegas. It is December 3rd, so that should give me time to get ready. Even if I can't run the entire course, I can always run/walk.
I am getting excited about this plan. I will make it work! I deserve to be fit and happy!
SO DO YOU!