Well I did it, my first attempt at running

Yesterday was a busy day for me. I started the day at the hair salon to get my hair cut, colored, washed and blow dried. I am now officially a red head, which I LOVE. It’s different, but not too crazy and just the change I needed. I love my naturally dark brown hair, but it’s fun to mix things up a lil bit. I was at the salon for 3.5 hours, but it was worth it and my hair feels and looks healthy and vibrant.

After my marathon in the salon, I headed over to a friend’s house to watch the end of the South Carolina/Navy game (thankfully the gamecocks pulled out the victory!), watch the FSU/OU game (FSU played great, but OU just played better), and watch the Mayweather/Ortiz fight (Floyd Mayweather is wayyyy too cocky for me, Manny Pacquiao is just so much more classy). The fight ended pretty early because Mayweather caught Ortiz off guard in the 4th round after a break by the referee. Apparently it was a clean move, but it just looked realllll shady to me. You can be the judge…

 

So after getting home fairly early, I decided to get some sleep and if I woke up before it was too hot I was determined to go on a run. I woke up around 8 and by 9 I finally got myself ready to run. I checked out this website to get some beginners tips and decided to go with the run for 60 seconds, walk for 90 seconds. They recommend doing it for 20 minutes. I’m pretty sure I did it for 30 or so. I didn’t track how far I went or how fast I was going. I just wanted to get out there and see how my body handled running.  It was a perfect morning in Vegas and it was quiet in my neighborhood.

Things I Learned:

  • I need a watch that has a timer function. My makeshift timer was the music countdown on my iphone. I would look at what point in the song I started running and when I started to feel like I may die from running I checked the time, it was usually right at the 60 sec. point. But that was definitely a distraction, so a cheap watch may be in my near future.
  • I need an armband for my iphone. Carrying it in my hand was fine and probably necessary since I was using it as a timer, but it would definitely make my life easier if it was on my arm.
  • I definitely started out too fast. I think my mind is still programmed to run suicides (life of a former basketball player) and I was running too close to full speed the first couple running intervals. I was definitely much slower as time went on, but hey I made it!
  • Pushing myself too hard in the end may induce vomiting. Okay so I didn’t vomit but I thought I might at the end. I really pushed myself and ran for distance at the end instead of time.
  • I really enjoy laying on the floor afterwards. I stretched and then just laid on the floor in my apartment for at least 20 minutes. I really just didn’t want to move, so I listened to my body and didn’t move til I felt like it.
So I survived running and I feel great. I feel like I’ve accomplished something, while really really small, it’s a start in the right direction. I never thought I would enjoy running, but it was nice to do it for myself, not because my coach is forcing me to run suicides in under 50 seconds. I’m running on my own terms and it’s, dare I say, fun.
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5 thoughts on “Well I did it, my first attempt at running

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