I'm really in the beginning phases of running. We'll call it pre-running. Basically, I'm more concerned with getting out the damn door than I am with form and breathing techniques. That will come later or not. I'm not really interested in turning this into a science and spending boatloads of money when I think that basic equipment will definitely suffice for my purposes. If I become one of those marathon runners, yeah, I think things would change. But until then...yeah, not to much.
So today, I got up and did some yoga. I'm still trying to find a good short morning practice I can do that will loosen me up and get me going. I did the same video today that I did yesterday, but I just wasn't feeling it today and switched it off halfway through. I'll try a different one tomorrow.
Then I went downstairs, made my coffee, and grabbed a quick breakfast of a banana and some Cheerios before hitting the grocery store with my mom. I had the brilliant idea of getting some sausage from Sprouts and grilling it for lunch. :)
Once we got back, it was time to lace up and hit the pavement.
When I set out it was about 60*. That felt like a good temperature for the sleeveless workout top and capri length pants I was wearing. On cooler mornings I can add a light jacket and take that off as I warm up. On warmer mornings (it only gets down to about 75* during the summer months) I'll have to go with shorts, but I have a bit of time before I need to worry about that.
After talking with my friend who just randomly started to jog one day, I decided that going from my house to the main street and back (about a mile) was a good distance to start with. Once I can pretty much run the whole thing, I can add loops on some culs-de-sacs. I'd do a warm-up walk, then jog until I needed a break, walk until I had almost recovered, jog, walk, jog, walk, and so on, then do a cool down walk. I used the lightpost at the curve in the street as my marker for when to end my warm-up and start my cool-down (hence the title).
As I ran, I tried pushing myself, but also to listen to my body. Particularly at the beginning, I tried to get myself to go just a little bit further, "no, Lori, to the next driveway," than I did at the end. I am proud to say that I didn't stop jogging short of whatever landmark I chose. And this time I spoke to myself in a much kinder voice instead of shaming myself to go further or harder, so that was also good.
I carried a waterbottle with me, which I think was probably unnecessary, but I liked having something in my hand. At some point if I keep doing this, I'm going to have to find joggers' sunglasses (do they make such a thing?) because mine kept bouncing when I jogged and slid down my nose, which made me breathe more through my mouth than I wanted. At the very end I took the things off, but I need something to keep the sun out of my eyes.
My plan is to jog two days, then take a day or two off. I don't want to overload myself. But I also need to have a flexible routine because sometimes I visit my friends or my grandma and neither situation is really conducive to running. I could walk hills in my grandma's neighborhood though...We shall see.
Anyway, that's what I've got so far. I have no idea if the run was good or not, but I did it, so it's better than nothing.