So 3.5 weeks into training, where am I?

This is week 4 of my training with Runner’s High for running 10 kms in the Kaveri Trail Marathon.

The changes compared to Week 0 –

1. I feel less tired after the High Intensity Training days. Initially I used to come back and sleep after the long runs and Wednesday work outs. It was a natural body reaction. Wasn’t used to all that exercise, waking up early, really early and the post workout intake of food ย would make me yearn for a bed and a blanket. After 3 weeks the need for sleep post exercise has reduced. I survived not sleeping for the whole day, both days over the past weekend. Yay! That is good because that means the body is getting used to and accepting higher levels of working out.

2. There are stretches where I can run without any effort. Yes! So I did a 5K this past weekend and in between there was a phase, almost midway, where I felt this surge of energy and my feet felt weightless and my breathing was rhythmic, effortless and my running easy! Maybe that is what runners feel like. I hope such surges and stretches increase ๐Ÿ™‚

3. I have begun liking Wednesday workouts instead of fearing them. One reason being they are different and new every time. Novelty is important to me in all areas of my life ๐Ÿ™‚ They still leave me tired, gasping for breath and feeling like David from David and Goliath but I have learnt to enjoy them in a way.

4. Waking up in the mornings – Hmm, well this is sort of tricky. I could get up early without problems since Day 1 but DO I want to? If given a choice, maybe not. I struggle more with it now as compared to week 1. Don’t know if it is because of the initial/beginner’s enthusiasm wearing off. I am still following instructions given at the introduction session.

For me running (as of now) is about breaking barriers and limitations I thought I had, about incorporating fitness into my lifestyle, about meeting people, observing people and doing something new! Running like any other life skill, is teaching me that it is important to FOCUS, to not compare yourself against others BUT yourself, to zone out everything and be in the moment, to enjoy what I am doing.

Looking forward to the next run day! Till the next time, Adios amigos!

Thanks for stopping by and being a part of my journey virtually ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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Why am I doing this?

The alarm rang. I searched for the phone under my pillow to switch it off. Fumbled for a few seconds then got the OK button. Looked at the time. It said 5:00 AM. For a few milliseconds I wondered why did I set it up for 5 am? Then it struck me today was Wednesday, I was supposed to go for the mid-week run practice. The only weekday on which the Runner’s High group meets at 4 pre-decided locations in the city. We do a quality work out to improve our gait, strength and running form.

I got off the bed, picked up the clothes I had laid out the night before. Because I knew I would be too dazedย in the morning to go looking around for stuff. ย It was silent in the house, almost dark and a bit eery out there. As I was tying my shoe laces, I thought “Why am I doing this? Why?” No answer came. I paused then decided to just go ahead with the flow and do it. I am not going to ask why coz I already did that exercise earlier. Something good will come out of it – a learning, the joy of a new experience, a healthy body. Whatever.

I picked up my jacket and left. Came back 2 hours later and was feeling great! ๐Ÿ™‚

The drills, the run, the stretches, the people, the coaches, the early morning weather, the feeling of getting out there and doing something, the way the body felt after all that exercise, the pain, it was all good. I thrive off meeting people, doing something new and exploring the world and people one bit at a time. This experience was giving me all that and more.

Run!

Run! (Photo credit: steve.garner32)

So far so good. I will capture my thoughts and feelings as I go along. The real thing, not just the end result.

Have an awesome day!!

New beginnings!

The restless part of me wants to keep doing new stuff, meet new people, catch up with old friends, laugh a lot and in general fly around!! Yeah right, don’t we all want to do that ๐Ÿ˜‰

But seriously I do need a change every once in a while! And so the latest fad as I call these passing phases, was, to get fit, get in shape and stay there, Lol. I call it my birthday gift to myself, there is 3 months to go but these things take time you see!

So I checked with a few friends and got some expert advice. Thanks for that dude-you-know-who-you-are ๐Ÿ˜‰ Aimed with that goal in mind I walked right in to the local gym (S says I tend to just choose the most expensive of the choices available, like a magnet attracted to iron) and asked them about what, when and how of it all!

The next thing I knew and so did poor S, I was enrolled for a 3 month thingie with a PT (Personal Trainer in the gym lingo). Boy, was I pleased with myself or what. Super excited and happy I went today for the 1st time and just before going what do I see in the newspaper (the supplement I think)? A quote which said something vaguely like this – “To all the people hurrying around early morning, to go run on the treadmill at the gym, you are missing out on some really good fresh air!” ย I was like NO FAIR!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

My PT is a solid guy and seems very decent so tick step 1! He made me do cardio for day 1, didn’t want to scare me off the 1st day. So it was warm up, the treadmill, stepper and then the cycle followed by stretching so that I don’t end up sore the next morning! Tick step 2! It felt good but he has warned me to be ready for some pain and soreness by the end of this week. I say bring it on!!

Any new thing is exciting, its only after a while that you figure out if its sustainable because you are doing it passionately or is it going to fizzle out like many other things in life! I have learnt not to say “This is it! Its perfect!” for anything in life – time changes everything but that won’t stop me from giving my best to whatever I do and broadening my horizons while I am at it ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Monday ppl. Have a great rest of the week!