Running

So, it hit me as I was making my running plan that I suck at running. And, I really mean it. I used to run around 30 miles a week. Now, I can barely get in 15 miles a week. The worst thing is, I haven’t been following my running plan.

To be quite honest, I think it has to do a lot with my busy schedule and some weight gain. And, I hope to change that. Now that I have graduated, I have more time and energy to workout and run. From there, I’ll hopefully lose weight. With both of those combined, I will be able to run more (fingers crossed).

Another thing I noticed about my running is my speed. I keep comparing my current running to how I used to run before and to other runners. It makes me feel bad whenever I compare myself and I shouldn’t be doing that.

I used to run pretty fast and ran my first half marathon (2013) in 2 hours 1 minute and 48 seconds.1381079107971

My half marathon time last month (2016) was 2 hours 28 minute and 50 seconds. That’s a huge difference.

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I really like running and it’s a great way for me to relieve stress and be healthy. However, I sometimes feel guilty that I’m not running as much as I used to. I really want to get back into running and get a PR on a half marathon, hopefully beating the 2 hour mark.

This post is mainly just a rant and thank you guys for reading my blog.

Here is what I plan on doing to get back into running.

  1. Wake up early to run – I have been slacking off at waking up early (5 am) to run lately. I hope to get back into the routine of waking up early and running. My plan is to have my phone across the room. That way, when my alarm rings, I have to get up to turn it off.
  2. NOT compare myself to others – Everyone is different when it comes to athletic ability. I should just better myself based on what my body can do and set goals from there.
  3. Add yoga and strength training – This is extremely important for runners. Doing yoga reduces the stiffness and tightness in the muscles that are used during running. We don’t want to over-train them. As for strength training, it’s important for runners to have a strong core, legs, and hips. Faster running times and longer endurance due to strength is a plus with strength training.

I will have to develop some body weight exercise routine and as well as exercises using dumbbells to incorporate into my routine. It’ll definitely help with my running.

Do you guys like running?

Do you have any tips to improve running speed and endurance? 

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In a Running Rut

I hate to admit this, but, I’ve been in a running rut lately. It started a couple weeks after I ran my half-marathon. I don’t feel the joy as much when I run anymore. I feel like it’s more of a chore, something that has to be done.

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Then again, I wasn’t much into running in the first place. I only ran to lose weight. It didn’t help that in 5th grade, my mom woke me up early so that I would go outside and run. She wanted me to lose weight. I still kept running, but I felt no joy. All I did was listen to music and run for a certain amount of time. Then, I’d be done with it for the day.

Then, I realized that I run a lot longer when I am really stressed. When I say really stressed, I mean, it was bad.  It has happened twice already. I ran a lot (longer than an hour), just so that I can take my mind off of things. Then, I complain about my thighs getting bulkier. That’s what happened with my half-marathon. I decided to run it to challenge myself and distract myself from the things. Hey, it requires a lot of time and dedication to train.

I put a fake front, saying that I love running. Who really loves running, anyway? People just do it to be healthy. Only a few people actually love running. I still do it. I still run a lot. But, I don’t know how I really feel about it. I still run around 20 miles a week, less than the 30 + miles from my half-marathon training.  I sometimes dread going for a run.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t ran on an actual pavement for a while. Maybe it is a bad idea to just run on the treadmill. It gets boring running on a treadmill. But, I don’t want to be brave enough and deal with the cold outside.

Even when I do run outside, I feel that my stamina has decreased since my half-marathon. My breathing gets harder faster and my heart beat goes up the roof sometimes. Add in the fact that my calves start to tighten up and my knees start hurting a bit, I don’t feel like running anymore.  But, I still push myself through. I know I shouldn’t though. That is what happened on Sunday.

I feel like I am ranting right now, but I just had to get it out. Do you guys have any ideas of how to get out of my running rut? Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! =)