It's been a while since I've updated you all on my running. For a while I was posting about once or twice a week and that felt like too much. I mean, this is not a fitness blog; it's a blog where I complain about my kids. Okay, my kids and husband.
Anyways, I'm still running about 3-4 times a week and I'm up to about a 25 minute stretch of flat out running, and I can do about two miles. So, I'm not terribly fast, but I'm running and feeling good about it.
I pulled a muscle in my lower back and took a week off. I was really glad that when I got back to running, I didn't miss a beat. Right back at 25 minutes, though my pace was a little slower. However, last night I did something and now my IT band is killing me. I'm going to find some stretches to help with that.
My friend Nancy hit the nail on the head though when she told me I probably need to start doing some strength training, so I think I'm going to sign up for a pilates class twice a week. This is a little annoying because I don't like exercising (I don't even like running), and now I'll be doing cardio 3 times a week and strength training twice a week. That's a lot of exercise for someone who's preferred activity is sitting on the couch reading a book or watching The Wire.
So, the running is going. I don't know, though, it's getting tougher as the weather is getting hotter and more humid. I will be running and sweating and just kind of feel like stopping. Like, last night when my IT band starting hurting, it was hard for me to determine if I wanted to stop because of the pain or if I wanted to stop because I just did not feel like running anymore because I'm tired of exerting myself.
Having a running partner helps keep me going, so I run with someone whenever I can. Lucky for me, I have three friends who live in close proximity that are good and dedicated runners, and will even slow up their pace to keep with me, and offer me words of encouragement and support to keep me moving. I also have a few spots where I have what I call good running karma - places I enjoy running and where I tend to have my best runs, so if I'm having a hard time even getting on my running shoes, I'll go a good karma spot.
I also try to remind myself how good I feel when I finish a run. I don't feel tired and worn out. I feel energized and accomplished. I also sleep much better and wake much easier and am less grumpy during the day. I enjoy the time without a child hanging off my butt. There are lots of rewards to running.
What's shaking (literally) with you folks? Running? Shredding? Tell me about your efforts. I'm not the only sweaty blogger out here, am I?