So, probably should have posted about this when it first happened. But, about a week ago, I achieved one of the first goals I made for myself when I started running – I wanted to do a full lap of the park (~3.2km) without stopping.
Honestly, I was pretty freaking ecstatic when I did it. I ran a whole lap! And I’ve done it another 4 times! I actually am starting to feel like a legitimate runner now. Especially because (on the basis of this achievement) I signed myself up for a 5k in July! Of course, the Expert now thinks I should have signed up for the 10k because of ‘how fast I improve’, but for my first proper run (unless I do another one in the meantime), I think it’s best to start small. Baby steps. And even then, I can simply push it and see how fast I can go! I’ve signed up for the 30-35 minute wave, but my aim is to be as close to 30 minutes as possible. If under – wow!! But that’s a huge goal when simply finishing will be enough for me.
So that’s where the running’s at! I’m doing week 7 at the moment (3×25 minute runs), with one “free run” per week (which have been running laps and seeing how fast I do it). As of, well, today I’m going to add in some extra strength and fitness training which I’ve gotten from Runner’s World magazine.
Sadly, haven’t really seen any body changes (ie. haven’t really lost any weight), except that my arms are looking more defined. I’m thinking that I need to get even stricter with my diet (the other day I worked and did not eat a single piece of chocolate! Not even a pastille! Good habit to get into), and load up the vegies and protein. But, the stronger I get and the further I can run, the more I’ll burn. And the more muscle mass I have, the more I’ll burn! Next investment will be weights. Also, wanting to start yoga/pilates – for relaxation and building of lean muscle. Next plan after that, at the end of this semester, is to join a tennis club and get playing.
I’m seriously excited!