I just wanted to share some things I recently learned about running that have really helped me. Mind you, I am no great athlete, nor athletic really. Just a homeschool mom that has found her rhythm running 5 to 6 days a week and has learned to stop self-sabotaging my efforts.
So let me begin with what I was doing, simply to help you understand where I was. This may be where you are, or maybe you know more than me already. This is really to encourage you just as I have received encouragement from others.
So here it is, the beginning. About 8 years ago, I got the urge to become a runner. The idea of hitting the trail and winding threw trees in a state park with the warm air or cool (depending on the time of day or year) air breezing past me, building lean muscles as I accumulated miles with my feet. The challenge to run a marathon and meet other runners really appealed to me. After all my hubby runs, and makes it look easy. So, I began my journey.
Well, this is also where I did many things wrong and faced challenges. Let me start with.
- I learned I had exercise induced asthma.
- I expected myself to be able to run 3 miles my first shot out of the bag. Silly right.
- 3) I expected myself to do this 5 days in a row.
- 4) I developed plantar fasciitis after working hard and being strong enough to run 7 miles. But living on Norco to deal with the pain to get thru my days was not really ideal.
- 5) I gave up!
So, I tried not using an inhaler for a while, because, “I didn’t want to be a slave to it.” I had to rethink my view of my inhaler, I learned to think of it as a tool to help me get to where I want to be health wise.
Well, 3 miles day 1, plus expecting myself to get out there every day continuing that trend was not very realistic. At least for me, we are all different, our capabilities are different, and so is our progress. Especially after 3 ankle injuries. I realized I needed to take it super slow, like claymation kind of slow. I made myself suck it up, I started to run 1/2 a mile a day. That was all I could handle before my ankle pain would become to painful to continue. I continued this for about 2 weeks before I added a 1/4 mile. I still was having some foot issues and my hubby noticed that I was really overpronating my right ankle. So he got me some new shoes that have really helped with my overpronation. These are the shoes I am currently running in Brooks Addiction 13.
The other things I was doing wrong was, expecting myself to run or jog the whole time. I had to learn that it was okay to take a break and walk. It was a way for me to give my muscles and my breathing a little rest to be successful in adding more distance. I had to think interval training. I also learned by slowing my pace, I was able to run a greater distance comfortably. I noticed some things about myself too. For example, if I was looking down while running, it was a signal I needed to slow down. I was making myself uncomfortable with that pace and noticed I was thinking about how much longer I needed to go. Slowing down allows me to relax and enjoy my running view and run stronger. A simple fix.
Since I am running at a more relaxed pace, I am really enjoying my runs. I look forward to getting out there everyday. I run just over 2 miles 5 days a week and feel great about it. I take a day off then run 3.5+ miles on Saturday. I did notice my muscles suffer some fatigue so I stared using a muscle recovery supplement that is totally natural by Young Living. It is a powder I add to water after my run and it has greatly helped. I originally started by drinking it after every run. I noticed a considerable recovery time in my muscle fatigue. Now I drink it after every other run to keep my muscles repaired. It’s called AminoWise. You can sign up to be a member like me if you would like here. I also started using BLM for my bones and ligaments and have noticed a difference. It is also from Young Living.
All in all, I have found my pace in running and I am loving it! I am always craving my next run.
I am looking forward to signing up for some 5K’s and 10K’s in 2019.