This first week of running has me feeling like a big ol’ elephant. My movement is clunky and my steps are hard and heavy. I imagine it to be like a big elephant clomping down the sidewalk.
Brian of Free Your Mind Today had some good advice in a recent comment, “Running definitely gets easier as you go. I started running two years ago, and it took me a couple months to understand it all. Running is natural, it’s the question of how to fuel your body and when to rest that is tricky.”
I have to agree, running is natural, but in a way it’s like I’ve forgotten how to run. As I continue running it is starting to come back to me. The movements are slowly getting more fluid. Rest is tricky and I ended up resting a couple of days without intending too.
On Day 3 I did all 30 situps and pushups but I didn’t run. I went with my daughter to her gymnastics class and then to her first cheerleading practice. When we got home I sat on the couch and couldn’t run. My legs were a bit sore, so I had planned to walk instead of run, but then I ended up not doing either.
On Day 4 I had a root canal in the afternoon and I the sedation pill I took caused me to sleep all evening when I returned home. I ended up with no exercise at all.
On Day 5 I was back in the rhythm. I experimented with elbow planks as recommended by Joanna in a recent comment to see if it felt like a good replacement to situps. It felt good and I could feel the muscles flexing as I held the position. The planks felt good, but I prefer the feeling of the situps. The plank does make a good substitute though when I don’t have a good spot to do situps.
I started doing 10 pushups and a 10 second elbow plank in the morning when I first get to work. I get in pretty early and have a cubicle to myself, so I can knock out 10 pushups in relative privacy. I’d rather not lay on the floor at work for situps, so the 10 second planks make a good substitute.
After I got home from work I did two more sets of 10 pushups and 10 situps. I also went for a run. After taking two days off from running I wasn’t sure how it would go. Turns out the break did me good. My legs were feeling better and I caught my breath faster between runs. I was feeling so good I ended up running six segments during my mile run/walk instead of the usual four.
It was super humid out and I felt like I couldn’t breathe after each run, but I still managed to catch my breath faster than earlier in the week. I also experimented with some belly-breathing after each run and it seemed to help me catch my breath.
My muscles felt a little tight this whole week, but haven’t really been sore. Not like in the past when I started working out hard and fast. The soreness has really only been noticeable when I start one of the exercises, and not so much during normal activities. I think spreading the sets throughout the day helps, as does running short segments with walking in between.