In June I shared a blog post about my starting to run. If you follow me on Instagram you have seen that I have continued to follow the C25K training plan…and I am almost to the end! This week I will officially run my first full 5K! Over the past 8 (ish) weeks I have learned a lot about running and more importantly myself! So, let me update you on it all!
This past weekend I attended the Athleta Thrive Fit Fest in Harrisburg, PA. It was the first time I had ever been to a “fitness festival” but I have seen them popping up everywhere, so I decided to give one a try!
I had a great experience and got to try a lot of different workouts, products, and food that I normally wouldn’t have. The whole thing was a bit intense with back-to-back workouts scheduled, but you can pick and choose what you want to try. I, of course, wanted to try almost everything…and now I am super sore because of it! But damn if it wasn’t a great way to spend a day!
So…I have started running…like officially! If you saw my Austin post you will know it all started in a hotel gym where I just “tried” to run. And, as it turns out I didn’t hate it.
When I came back from Austin I started to research what would be the best way to get into running. Especially, for someone who had never run before…0% running happening here! I mean, I had a joke that if I was running you should be too! The only reason I would be running is if there were zombies, a natural disaster, murderers…you can see where I am going here.
So, I basically started from scratch. With a little help from the internet and a friend 🙂 who runs half marathons, I got a plan together with the goal of running a 5K.
I know that this post will not apply to all of you. But, if you know me you will know that I love a good spin class! I started taking cycling classes over a year ago and in December I decided it was time for me to get my own cycling shoes. Not that there is anything wrong with using the rental shoes…but it does feel really nice to have your own shoes!
To help me achieve this goal I have a stretching plan that I try to do 3 times per week. I came up with this plan by doing a little research online, deciding which stretches felt good, and what areas of my body needed more flexibility.
So far this year I have really noticed a difference:
- My yoga practice has improved
- My hips are less tight
- I have less back pain
I usually do these stretches in the evenings while I watch TV. The whole sequence of stretches only takes about 15 minutes.