I Ran an 8K!

Monday, April 3, 2017

I'm starting to get into running.

No one is more shocked than I am. I have been a lifelong why-would-you-run-when-you-can-walk, not-one-single-second-of-this-is-enjoyable, kind of person (proof). But somehow, a few months ago, in an attempt to better appreciate my body while pushing it a bit, I started walking with a bounce for a couple of miles, a couple of times a week, and calling it running. I love that it only takes half an hour, and it's kind of an anxiety killer (a big bonus).

But sadly, I strained a muscle badly a week and a half ago (not even running, I don't know how it happened!). I could barely walk to my train station last week and had to stay home from work. Then yesterday I (regrettably) ran a race with some friends (my first 8k race!), so I'm truly hurting more than I ever have before. It took me nearly 10 minutes to get my socks on this morning! Woof.

It's strange, after sitting it out a week now (well, except the race ;), I miss it. I want to be out there, running my 3-mile route in our neighborhood, past people walking their dogs and strolling with their families. While I'm not very good at it, and look silly doing it, I'm really enjoying trying something new and learning from Brian.

I'd love ANY running advice (What do you wear? Listen to? How do you track your running? Set goals? I have no idea what I'm doing and am all ears!)

Hoping for a speedy recovery! xo


  1. I love my Runphones — I upgraded to the wireless version a couple years ago. I have to use a bobby pin to keep it in place. I run faster when I listen to music but I've found that listening to my current audiobook is what gives me the motivation to get out and run. I tried the Nike+ Run Club app because it's supposed to use the accelerometer to track your pace indoors, but it did not work correctly, so I'm stuck using the Lap feature on the Apple Stopwatch app to calculate pace when I run on an indoor track (which is most of the time). Improving my pace is really the only goal I've set right now. Congrats on your first 8K and hope you're able to get back to running soon!

    1. Thanks so much for your advice! I just got a pair of wireless headphones I'm excited to try :)

  2. Use Runkeeper as an app to track your runs! Also, create a good running playlist with your favorite jams. I have quite a few Neuqua dance songs (I.e. Lean back, Yeah, etc.). Get an arm band for your phone - it's much easier to run that way while rocking out to your tunes. And once it gets warm, get a water bottle or a water bottle belt you can run with! I like my water bottle belt with 4 little bottles. I want to run with you!!!

    1. I think an arm band will be must once I can get out there again! Holding my phone makes me anxious that I'll drop it! Slow and steady running together soon <3


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