This week’s Weight Loss Wednesday is all about running, sod the scales for a week… they aren’t going anywhere and to be honest, I am currently going through an awesome moment in my life and simply do not care what those dreaded numbers tell me. Check out Weight Loss Wednesday Week 11 or fast forward to Weight Loss Wednesday Week 13 for a progress update!
I know for one, that running has REALLY changed my body shape… finally my butt is changing and for the better, it is actually shrinking! Why did I not start running sooner?!
Super lovely comments on my previous running post really did make me sit back and think about where I currently am in training and how much further I have to go. Realising I hadn’t been running as far as I had expected was slightly disappointing and as such, I knew I needed to take action.
So what was the advice?
Quite simply… ‘just run’. Honestly, as simple as that!
On Monday, I took a huge leap of faith when I visited the gym, forgot all about the C25K app, whacked on my headphones and simply ran… and do you know what? For the first time ever, I ran a whole 10 minutes straight… no walking in between… I ran the whole 10 minutes!
Now, for most this is quite a simple task… not for me though! I was always and still am in some respects, a short distance sprinter… distances were never my thing and this was a HUGE achievement for me… and my butt!
All with a little help from ‘Dire Straits- Sultans of Swing’, which at just over 10 minutes helped me get through. I plan to follow the same routine today and Friday for my 3x weekly gym visits and then step it up to running for 15 minutes next week. I may also add that the Liverpool vs Man Utd match highlights were on tv for me to watch too! 😉
Still my problem lies with finding my ideal speed though. In the 10 minutes, I ranged from 8.5k – 9k – 8.5k – 9.5k – 10k and back to 9k. The 10k was definitely me being a total div! Mentally my problem is that I do not want to finish last (in general), in particular the Race For Life 5k. After news of Netty being pulled from the Spen 20k after 1.5 miles as she wasn’t keeping up with the pack, it has me slightly worried but I know no matter whether you finish first, or last… taking part and having fun is what matters the most!
Now it seems that forging on with ‘simply running’ is the best course of action, but Sultans of Swing will only get me so far… I need some more lengthy tunes to keep me pumped and focused. So screw my weight this week, I’ve been eating ok and drinking plenty of water – along with 2 bottles of wine and surprisingly the scales this morning told me I am still the same weight… I will take that on the chin, must remember some maybe be muscle… I hope! 😉
How are you doing this week? What tunes do you listen to when running? If you do not listen to music, what keeps you focused for the duration of your run?