So yesterday I went for a full-fledged run. I have dabbled in running before, but I’ve never really made the effort to do it whole-heartedly. But I drove to the trail that I usually rollerblade on, dressed in full lululemon apparel (it’s more motivating if you look cute) and I had my iPod on my armband. Then I thought, well ef, where am I going to put my keys? I had a moment of genius (not really) and fashioned them on to the armband. It worked, sort of. Here are a couple lessons I learned from my first real run.
- The music of Journey is amazing and uplifting
- Do not, I repeat do not run without socks. I have blisters the size of a cocktail ring on my ankles.
- Other runners will wave to you (I was way too excited about this)
- When I felt like I couldn’t run anymore, I put on Funk Soul Brother and immediately gained the strength to keep going. Funk Soul Brother is the ULTIMATE song for anything.
- That’s about it.. Can anyone offer me some more helpful tips?
I felt exhausted but exhilarated at the same time when I got home. I was very proud of myself.
So this morning, my legs didn’t feel thaaat bad, and it was early, the weather was cool & mellow, so I laced up my running shoes & went for a quiet run around my neighbourhood for about 35 minutes.
It felt amazing, but when I got home, the front of my legs completely locked up and now they are in some pretty ridiculous pain. It hurts to bend down, and to drive. Yay. It’s a bitterly good feeling because that means that some muscles are working it ouuuuut.
I needed some serious fuel when I got back, so oatmeal it was! Naturally. I put a scoop of good ol’ chunky almond butter, some chia seeds, and some freeze dried bananas sprinkled with cinnamon on top. Freeze dried fruit is the jam. It’s way healthier than dried fruit, plus, it’s crunchy.
After breakfast, it was off to a meeting at work. They are ultra casual, so I just wore my lululemon crop pants + a lululemon stride jacket. I was fully equipped with a tumbler of iced coffee, of course.
About halfway to work, my gas light went on. When I left work, I drove past all the gas stations. I always play russian roulette with my gas tank (sorry Dad) and I know I shouldn’t. I should have learned my lesson back in January, when I was driving to a yoga class and ran out of gas on the highway, and was trapped with no heat for half an hour. I was a total drama queen about it while talking to On Star. They said it would take about 40 minutes for roadside assistance and I was like, “40 minutes?! I’ll be dead by then!!” Yeah, I can be a treat. I will get gas later today, but it’s so freaking expensive. I put in about $10 at a time, just incase the prices will go down. They. Never. Do. The newspaper said, “Get used to it!” Pfftttt.
Lunch today was a lazy pizza with spinach, arugula, red peppers & skim mozzarella on a whole wheat pita.
It rained like crazy this morning, so the dog park is out of the question. But I’ll probably take the dogs on a walk this afternoon. Oh, and no more frolicking in the wildnerness. We found a tick burrowed into Layla’s head yesterday. Poor thing I hear that the ticks are really bad in May, so maybe we’ll just wait a little bit.
I really hope that I can continue to run, because I actually enjoy it and I’ve always wanted to start a running regime. I am on a mission to be as healthy as I can be and I think that running is an amazing exercise. I also want to rock climb so badly, but I think I’d need to join a gym for that and I’m not into paying for a gym right now, so we’ll see. It’s summer though, and that means that I can go kayaking again! It’s a serious arm workout, and it’s soooo much fun.
I have refilled my Sigg waterbottle like 3 times already today. I must be dehydrated or bored.
Well, see ya later!