I tried to do run 2 yesterday. The 5 minute warm up walk went well and then 30 seconds into the first run, I went flying across the pavement and fell flat. Kind of embarrassing, but I am used to it, I fall over a LOT. I cut up my hand, elbow and ankle and have a big purple bruise on my hip, as that took the brunt of the fall. I’m not sure how it happened, but I blame my trainers. They are flat, skating, trainers and not good for running. I think my feet got tangled up in each other. I am not going to let it put me off though. Like my husband says, all runners fall over at some point, so hopefully I won’t fall over again for a while. As much as I wanted to get up and carry on again, I was bleeding and limping, so I hobbled home and had a rest. I did the second run today instead.
There is just something nice about waking up on a Sunday morning, refreshed, no hangover, and going for a run. Especially when you have a running buddy. It’s a really nice day here in Manchester, which makes a change, so it didn’t feel like a hassle having to go out. We decided to take a different walk, rather than just running round the park the whole time. We ran round all the streets in our area to look at all the different houses (which we haven’t seen before, despite living here for over a year) for the first half and then ran round the park for the second half. The change of scenery is definitely helping to keep me interested, but there is only so many different places that I can run round.
As for the run itself, I can feel an improvement. Running that extra 30 seconds each time in this weeks runs is a little challenging and I am willing the cool down section to come sooner, but I am getting there. I still find it hard to imagine how I will ever be able to run for 30 minutes straight, that just seems impossible to me. But, a month ago I thought running for 60 seconds would be impossible for me, and I have proved myself wrong there.
The biggest difference I have noticed, which I think is a good way to gauge fitness, is how long it takes me to recover. In the first week, the 60 second recovery time was not enough for me to recover from the run, but I am recovered and ready to run again in half that time now, so I see that as a good sign. The only negative thing in regards to recovery is after the whole run is over. When I have done the 30 minutes, and I am back at home, that is when I start to feel unwell and get the reminder that I have heart problems. I get twinges in my heart for a good 30 to 60 minutes after and my heart rate is faster than it was during the run. I have always had to deal with this after exercise, but the good thing is, in the last I would be like that for an entire day after exercising, now it is just for an hour maximum.
So, as you can see….I’m definitely progressing. Only one more run left this week, and then on to week 3, which I am not looking forward too. It seems like a big jump.