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I’m (almost) a Runner

I have developed a pretty bad habit of staying up really late and then sleeping in the next day. In a way I don’t really think it’s that big of a deal since I am awake the same amount of hours per day regardless of the time I get up. Well that is what I am telling myself anyways. Today was no exception. After waking up and cuddling in bed with Karli, Ken, and the pups for awhile I think it was almost 11am when I rolled out of bed.

I came downstairs and cleaned up the kitchen and then played with the dogs for a bit. It felt great to not have a darn thing to do today. Sure I could clean the half inch of dust off my family room tables or carry the clean clothes upstairs, but nah… I deserve a break, right?
Relaxing with the furrballs

Finally I thought that it was time to get up and make a plan for the day. I wasn’t in the mood to do the Insanity workout today. I had already decided that I was going to take today off and do the workout Sunday instead. So while Ken was on the elliptical I jumped on the treadmill for a bit. I ended up running/walking a mile and then I hopped on the elliptical when Ken was done. I found this really awesome app called BeatBurn Elliptical Trainer and it was amazing! You can customize the app with your height and weight as well as coordinate with the resistance settings on your elliptical. I tell you what, the app was great because it pushed me to up the resistance way more than I normally would. It seemed to push me just enough too… it wasn’t impossible, but a really hard workout. It plays music to go along with the speed you are to maintain and it really does help. I had choose the intermediate level and I burned just under 500 calories in 30 minutes.

So then I had this burst of energy or some sort of crazy notion that I was going to get back on the treadmill and push myself to run as long as I could. I was only running at a 4.5 mile per hour pace so I wasn’t pushing myself real hard since I was going for distance, not speed. About 5 minutes in of running I got this feeling of ease come over me. Finally I had that feeling that runners talk about, where it feels good and you feel like you could go on and on and on. I had a good rhythm going and I continued to stare at the same thing across the room and I kept focusing on positive thoughts. When I felt like I was getting out of breath I just took a deep breath so I could to fill my lungs with fresh oxygen. (Got that tip from Shaun T, holla!) Once I reached the half mile mark I felt great and truly thought I could make it one mile with no problem at all. I felt fine, no pains and my breathing was manageable. Right about when I got to .67 of the mile I had to slow down. I had ran 10 minutes without stopping and once I had seen that I made a jerk reaction to slow down. Honestly I don’t think I gave my brain enough time to talk myself out of slowing down. I slowed down for only 1 minute and then started running again. I managed to run the rest of the mile, it felt great! Of course when I was done I was mad at myself for not pushing myself harder, but it was a huge accomplishment. I haven’t ran for that long (without stopping) since high school. I am certain that I will be running a mile nonstop in no time!!

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