I started my first week of workouts, and it is definitely going to take some getting used to. My entire body is sore –even muscles I didn’t know I had.
The day after my first run I was so stiff it was almost difficult to walk. I expected the leg soreness, but I was not expecting my back to hurt so badly. I figured out that is because I not only did hill sprints, but my posture was terrible. I have read article after article about how good running form can make or break you, but I really felt it in my first workout.
I am now working on my posture, and adding in more back and shoulder stretches to my yoga routines.
This week, I focused on finding where I like to run. Personally, I don’t like feeling like people in their cars are staring at me when I run, especially since I have to stop and walk so much.
I tried out a few different running places this week in order to find where I feel the most comfortable. I did two runs on the nature trails at Reedy Creek Park, one around campus and another in the gardens here on campus.
The trail runs were my favorite, and probably the best runs I did this week. I felt more secluded on those runs.
Another thing I have discovered is that running with someone else helps. I tend to be easily discouraged so the thought of running with someone on a completely different fitness level than me didn’t sound too appealing. However, if you find a running partner who is better than you but is willing to slow things down, it can be really helpful.
Trying to keep up with Chris and not embarrass myself definitely helped me get a better workout.
However, it also made me feel like I was going to die. Both times I ran with him this week, I ended up bent over in a bush feeling like I was going to pass out and throw up.
I learned it’s really okay to be bad at it at first. My body isn’t used to so much activity so it will be an adjustment.
No pain no gain, right?