Last week, I decided to take my fitness more seriously by actually getting out there and moving my body for at least 30 minutes. I successfully ran 5 times last week outside and it was amazing! I feel good, even though I’m a little sore but that’s expected.
Let me recap how the week went and I thought to also share my tips in case you were thinking of getting on your fitness routine and/or want to know how I do things.
Recap From Week One Run
My week starts on a Monday and so I ran 3 miles. Then on Tuesday morning I ran for 30 minutes because I’m not usually out there running in the morning especially since it’s dark out. I had something going on that evening so I worked out in the morning.
On Wednesday I ran 2 miles and got chased by a chihuahua. I’m not even kidding you, but I did. Man, I’m just glad he/she didn’t bite me because I would have to kick them. Let’s just say I’m not running that route anymore. I can’t believe he chased me for 20 seconds. I picked up my pace just a tad, haha.
Thursday I took a breather. I was scared to run into that chihuahua and decided not to run. Then I realized the next day that I could take a different route, duh! I wasn’t scared though, but it did take me by surprise.
Friday I ran 3 miles and it was a tough one because I decided to run up these hills. I almost fainted, y’all. The Nike app said my elevation was 134 ft. Usually my elevation is around 84-100 ft.
I’ve been using my FitBit and I really like it because each mile, it vibrates to let me know the distance and what my pace is. I also started using the bluetooth headset I got to listen to Pandora on it. I’m on a free trial for now, but I don’t think I’ll keep it. I’ll just load my regular music I have.
One of the things I love about running outside is the scenery. Especially when you get to see the sunset or how the clouds turn into hues of pink and orange. It’s very calming and I absolutely love it. This was Monday’s view while on my run.
My Fitness Routine
I usually run in the afternoon, but starting next month I may switch to running in the mornings because of my schedule changing at work. It’s going to be really challenging for me because I’m not a morning person. But I will say that when I ran last Tuesday in the morning, I felt so much energy and accomplished.
So first thing I do when I start my running routine is stretch, both before and after. Then I run small distances and then increase the distance by the end of the week. I used to run 4 to 5 miles when I was running consistently and now, I’m starting with 2 to 3 miles. Last week my pace was around 15 minutes per mile, this week I improved by a minute and am now at 14 minutes per mile.
By the end of this week, I will run 4 miles. It also helps when you run with someone. This past week I ran with two of my friends and it really pushed and motivated me.
What also motivates me is having new workout clothes, haha. I went shopping this past weekend and got new Nike shoes because it had been 4 years since the last time I bought a pair.
I noticed my feet were hurting when I would run and I think the shoes I had already needed to be replaced. So I got the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield (they’re waterproof) and I love them! They’re so comfortable and feel great while running. I especially love how the laces are so they won’t get loose while on my runs.
I’m Running The Cap10K Austin Race
I registered for the Cap10K run coming up in April. It’s only 6.2 miles and it’s been a while since I ran any races. I’m sure by April I will be running 10 to 11 minutes per mile like I used to.
I made an Instagram story on my fitness so you can keep up with me on there and/or come back here when I recap how this past week went. I’m so happy that I finally decided to run because it’s one of the things that I love doing and I neglected it for too long.
I’ll also do a post about what I eat after my runs to keep me in check especially when my muscles are sore, like they are today.
What is your fitness routine? Are you doing any races this year?