Running Hurts Oh So Good

It is funny how you forget how much it sucks to get back into shape. I was in shape for 9 years of my life.  I used to be able to run with my eyes closed. For real, lol.  During the summer when I used to train I used to have to get up early in the morning to get my run in.  I lived out in the country and the only cars/tractors that were ever on our road were family members or neighboring farmers.  Anyways, I am not a super up and at them morning person and I used to have to drag myself out of bed. To help get my butt out the door I would sleep in my running clothes and put my shoes by my bed so I could just slip them on and go. Once I got out to the road I was still super tired and would run with my eyes closed for as long as I could. I used to see how far I could get before giving in and opening them. lol.   Those were the good old days. Now I am just worried about how I will feel every time I step onto the pavement.

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To get back into shape I would tell my friends and family it takes 3 good weeks of consistent training.   After three full weeks of training you should feel good.  Well most of my family members couldn’t make it past the three-week training part and always just came to the conclusion that running sucks and that it hurts.  That is where I am at right now, even though I know better so I keep pushing on.

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Last week I started off great. I ran on Monday. Alleluia. I even ran 4 miles. The farthest I have run in years.  So here were my workouts for last week and things I need to improve on for this week.

Monday- 4 miles

Tuesday- 2 painful miles

Wednesday- 3 miles

Thursday-0 Napped instead

Friday- 0

Saturday- 2 easy miles with the hubby

Sunday- 0

I started off really good. Even one of my runs was brutal. It was so hot, I couldn’t get a good rhythm and was just thankful when I was done.   By the end of the week I wasn’t feeling the best. I was super tired and upped my vitamin C.  Travis had a cold earlier in the week and I was afraid I was going to get it.  So I ended up not running that day or the next.  Does anyone know if it is good to run when you are coming down with a cold? I have heard both ways. I have heard it can help you clear some of the yucky stuff out and help you feel better.  I have also heard that it can drain you out and make you feel worse.  By Saturday, I was feeling better and got up right away and went running.  It was really nice to run in the morning, the heat hadn’t arrived yet, and I was also done for the day.  The only hard thing I have about running in the morning is that I can’t eat before I run and when I wake up I am starving.  Usually the first thing I do when I wake up is eat a protein bar.   Probably not a good habit I have started I should probably switch that to running instead.  Sunday I was planning on running and getting 5 days of running in last week, but I had a little too much fun at the wedding on Saturday night and running was the last thing on my mind on Sunday.  So here we are to another week.  Even though running doesn’t always feel the best when I am out there it always feels so good when I am done.  No matter how terrible the run was, I am always happy that I did it and usually feel really good after.  Here are a couple of goals I am going to work on for this next week. I want to run 5 days for sure this week and I would love to average 3 miles a day.

Also, I am trying to find a good running app.  What is your favorite running app?

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18 thoughts on “Running Hurts Oh So Good

  1. I like the RunKeeper App! There are multiple training options including for increasing your speed. For example, one of the trainings I am starting next week is to run a 5k under 30 minutes. That may sound “easy” for some, but that’s just an example! There is a free version and a paid version…the free works fine for me.

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    1. Thanks Kristina, I will have to check that one out. I have heard a lot of great things about it. I think accomplishing a 5k no matter what the time is a great accomplishment.

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  2. Keep it up! Returning to running is always tough, but you will be so happy that you stuck with it. 🙂 I am also returning to running after a five month long injury. As for running apps, I really like Nike +. You can either use your phone app for free or buy the Nike + GPS watch to use Nike +. I have the watch and love it!

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      1. No, I just got back into running after a five month injury and physical therapy. I’m just trying to get back in shape! Once I get my mileage up, I’d like to do a half marathon. Are you training for anything? 🙂

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  3. I’m in the exact same boat as you, girl! I wish there wasn’t so much distance between us so we could just be daily running buddies like the good ol’ days.

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  4. I love Nike Running… you can create challenges, set up training advice programs, and keep tabs with friends who have the same app. (and it is free!) It has a few other features but I am still playing around with it. Love it!

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    1. Hey Girl! Im also clawing my way back onto the running wagon:-) im also trying some running apps. I got a fit bit recently and have been using that app and its ok. I want to find a good one too. As far as the cold question i just remember what Deb would say. “If it’s below the throat, lungs, then dont run. If it’s above, sinus, then its okay.” And we both know that we must listen to Deb:-) Keep running my friend, you are great motivation for me and many more!

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      1. Thanks Jessie. Let me know if you find a good app you like. I wonder how Deb would feel if I texted her with questions all the time! 🙂 I think I should of wrote her advice down more.

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  5. I believe if you have a fever, you shouldn’t run. A cold–unless you feel completely drained to start with–go for it! I think Deb should create an app. That would be the one I would use. 😉

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  6. I second RunKeeper. My favorite part is that you can change settings on audio cues (every .25 miles, every 5 minutes, etc). Go get ’em Ayla!

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