I was also buying myself sugary (vegan) treats and soy cappuccinos many days to just deal with stress or as a pick me up. I could feel it wearing me down though. I wasn't sleeping well at night and was depending too much on sugar.
So, we are back to our normal schedules and I have time for healthy habits again. It feels great. I decided to give myself a little challenge and have no sugar and no coffee for all of April. I even started a couple of days early, so I am about 9 days into my challenge and feeling really good. Only very recently have I even thought about making some Protective Diet desserts which are only sweetened with fruit or a little stevia. I am feeling clearer, healthier, and sleeping better.
On the running front, in January I had given myself a little challenge for 2016. I wanted to run my first ever 5K and actually run the whole thing, no walking. I have no idea why. I am the type of person who always says I only run if being chased. I just know how healthy running is for you and I have some family members and good friends who are living examples of this.
I have tried running before, but just on my own up and down a very flat, boring country road. This time, I decided to ask for help. I went down to our local running store, Breakaway Running, and Adam sat down with me to help me find a good shoe. I wore the only pair of running shoes I have ever owned into the store as they say the wear patterns or whatever might help them find the right shoe for me. Adam was able to carbon date my old Brooks shoes to 11 years old based on his knowledge of every series of shoe Brooks has released. I was impressed. Not with how old my shoes were, but with his knowledge.
He had me roll up my jeans and run up and down the shop while he assessed my gait - over-pronater i.e. my feet lean in a bit toward my inside or arch side as I run. No biggie. He brought out shoes that would help support that and had me try out four different pairs. I even ran outside on the sidewalk for a bit as I will be training on sidewalks and streets. We compared the fit and feel and honed in on those Saucony beauties pictured above.
Adam gave me some tips on local running groups. The Thursday night group has free beer afterwards. How can you go wrong with that??? I am giving up sugar and coffee. Not beer. Mmmm, I love beer. I am not quite ready for a group that RUNS a whole 4 mile route, but I may check out the groups as I progress. He also recommended the Couch to 5K, or C25K as it goes in the running vernacular, training program. Good for a beginner like me.
Last week I downloaded the free C25K app on my phone, strapped on those brand new running shoes, grabbed my high energy pup and hit the pavement. The C25K program has you do run/walk intervals and gradually increase the length you run vs. walk over 8 weeks. You do a 30 minute workout 3X per week.
My first run/walk was hilarious. Couldn't find any headphones as we must not have unpacked that box of stuff from Michigan yet. I texted Simon and he led me to a pair in his bedside table. Couldn't find my arm band that holds my phone for running. It must be hanging out in the same unpacked box from Michigan. I had no pockets. Needed to take poop bags for the dog, my phone for the running cues from the app, and a house key at the bare minimum, so I needed SOMETHING. Couldn't put all that in my shoe or bra. I found a little wallet/purse that my Stepmom & Dad had given me, it had little pockets for all of the aforementioned stuff and will do until I find my arm band.
We finally got out of the house. I missed my first 2 running cues because I had notifications turned off for the app - oops! Tried to make up for that by lengthening my runs a little and running a bit more at the end. Riley pooped early in the run and then I didn't know where to put the bag of hot poo. Found a trash bag of yard waste on the road finally to free up my hands a bit. Riley was pulling all over the place.
But.....WE DID IT! Got through that first run! Yeah for us!
This training is going to be great for Riley too as he needs to be able to walk without sniffing and squirting every 5 seconds. I am fine to stop for a poo during a walk segment or warmup or cooldown. It's not like I'm training for the Boston marathon or anything, but he can be a bit more disciplined for the rest of our 30 minute training session. He is actually doing much better now, we just completed our 4th run yesterday.
Simon helped me get some music and podcasts stored on my phone since my phone is a bit older and Apple takes all your storage with their damned software. I had given up and didn't store any music on my phone. I need the phone because that's where the app is. Anyways, tech problems solved, doggy discipline coming along, I am starting to enjoy our little run/walks. Check back with me later when they don't let me walk as much - Eek!
The next thing I need to do is actually sign up for the race that we intend to run. My brother-in-law will be visiting us from the UK in late May and he suggested we all do the Great American River Run 5K. This is a new 5K in Memphis as part of Memphis in May festivities. Vince starting running a few years ago and has really started to love it and compete in some tough races - think marathons, running up mountains, mud run kind of craziness. He will be visiting us along with his wife Kirsty, Simon's youngest sister, and their friend Kim for 10 days in May. I wanted to run a 5K in 2016, so I said "What the hell? Let's do it!" Thanks for kickstarting my goal Vince.
This should be a lot of fun. In true Memphis fashion, looks like we have a beer tent afterwards and get free admission to a festival in the evening. Keep the par-tay going! Now that training has started, we really need to get officially registered, Vince probably is already. Simon is going to run with me. He will do a few training runs too, but he is a natural athlete, lifelong soccer player, and Mr. 0% Body Fat. He could wake up tomorrow and run a 5K faster than me after 8 weeks training. He is going to run WITH ME, which I think is really sweet.
So, that's what's happening with me lately. Cleaning up the diet and adding some running to my repertoire. It feels great. Thanks for checking in and leave me some 5K training tips if anyone has been through this. I do have my great friend, Kelli, who has run multiple Boston Marathons cheering me on. I go to her with all sorts of crazy running questions. Love having that help.