Week One is Done!

Our first week of training is complete!

So how does it feel?

Amy: It was hard to motivate myself at first, but after making it through the first week I already feel more energized and accomplished.

Kate: Week 1 was surprisingly easy. I sat down with my training buddy (10/10 recommend having a training buddy!) and mapped out our plan, including which days we would go out together. It helped having an organized plan, and I cannot stress enough how important it is having someone to keep you accountable.

Ok really, how did it feel?

 A: It hurt. A lot. I didn’t realize how out of shape I was until I started training. My ankles were throbbing and my legs felt like Jell-O, which didn’t help with my lack of motivation. I kept repeating “just push through and it will get easier” in my head as I was running. I’m hoping that happens soon…

K: Really, not that bad! I’m actually surprised by how easy the first week was, although I know it’ll get much harder soon. I’ve been careful to listen to my body, which can be challenging when training with a partner—when we’re not quite at the same pace, it’s tough to figure out whether one of us should hold back a little, or whether we just meet at the end of the trail.

 What did you notice as the biggest difference in your training routine?

 A: Typically when I start training I try to run the whole distance right away, which never works out. Between stopping to walk, getting frustrated with my lack of progress, and inability to breathe, I usually give up. This time I decided to take a different approach, starting slow and working my way up to the race distance. After one week it feels more manageable and realistic to achieving my goal.

K: Like Amy, I’ve broken my training plan down into manageable chunks to avoid burning out quickly. This is the first time I’ve really sat down and made a plan of attack with my exercise. Any other serious fitness kicks in my life were as part of a team where a coach told me what to do! This is my first time taking the reins and creating (and sticking to!) a workout plan for myself.

What are you looking forward to next week:

A: I never thought I’d say this, but I’m looking forward to increasing my distance during week two. I wanted to start out slow and ease myself back into running, considering how long it’s been since my last run, but after each workout I felt ready to do more. I also plan on stretching more and incorporating more strength training into my routine this week. Bring it on, week two!

K: I’m definitely looking forward to spending more time outside. I haven’t run on trails since high school, and I cannot put into words how good it feels to be surrounded by trees for an hour a day. We’ve started turning around about ¾ of the way through the workout so that we have a longer walk afterwards on the way back, and it’s been a relaxing way to unwind and catch up after work. I love that this is turning into more than just training for a 5K!

One week down, 15 to go! Stay tuned next week to learn about common bad running habits and how to break them. 

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