Monday, May 7, 2012

10K training week 2

Hi all! Here to say that I survived my second Saturday run with my new group. It's getting a little easier to talk to people but the slowest are dropping away so I'm pretty at the back of the pack. I had set an intention for my yoga practice the night before that consisted of two words. Calm and courage. I promised myself I would carry that with me for the morning run and it helped some. I still felt a little panicky and barely slept but it was ever so slightly better than last week.

What I WASN'T doing was keeping up with the training plan during the week and quickly realized that if I'm going to stick with this group, I'm going to need to practice. I still get desperately out of breath, to the point where people ask me if I'm okay which doesn't help with the anxiety of it all. It's from allergies, lack of cardio and carrying around a bunch of extra weight and nothing is going to change that except pushing myself to do it every day!

This morning it was hard but I'm proud to say I did it. I woke up at 6, had some coffee (which I'm not sure is a good idea?!) and then set out to do a 5k. I thought the whole way around the golf course was a 5k and turned out it was 3.9 miles according to my Nike+. I didn't believe it so I mapped it on google pedometer and it was pretty close. What a great surprise! There are a few hills I walked but I challenged myself to keep running on the smaller hills. There is nothing in the world like that shower after a tough morning workout.

Here's to a great week!


  1. You are correct Tina! Getting in all the runs on your schedule will be important. Not only for keeping up with the group but for you to be successful at your 10K. Coffee is all I have before I go out to run every morning.

  2. Love that shower after a workout. Feels like you've EARNED it, doesn't it?


  3. I swear, Tina - we could be running twins. From the lack of sleep before the long group runs (part excitement, part anxiety) to the panic breathing, to being in the back of the's like I'm looking in a mirror! But, the breathing IS getting better for me - I don't know if it's just that I've run consistently for several months now, or not playing my music when I start out running, but it's a relief to not feel like I'm practically going to pass out right at the beginning of the run. You'll get there...maybe try some yoga breathing in the beginning?

    I'm so proud of you for sticking with this, and I know you have to be feeling pretty good about yourself, right?