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