Sunday, December 6, 2009

A few things I've learned

I have learned a few things this week and figure I would share...
Find a workout that is close to your house. I found a trail that is one mile from my house so I walk there. I actually walk around my neighborhood the long way for a warm up and once I am on the main road I begin my run. (Log onto running ahead and create a new course to be able to figure out how far your run is.) Not having to make even a quick 10 minute drive to the gym really helps you get in your workouts. By the time you pack your gym bag, drive there, park and get on a treadmill you have wasted at least 30 minutes. I am shock by how many more I am fitting in even this busy month. I am also getting better workout because my body is being challenged more by the uneven surfaces.
Please don't feel like you have to get in a run to have a workout. If all you can do is walk then walk! It took me a long time to even learn how to run 1 mile so don't ever feel bad, just make sure you are pushing yourself for a better workout.
Speaking of busy month, it is December and FREEZING. I live in Colorado, it snows it's a fact. It is always so sunny though that here in Denver the snow melts super fast. This winter though we have had tons of little storms and it hasn't been melting. I still really want to run outside so I have had to make a few adjustments to what I wear...
I got a grey compression mock turtleneck as my base layer, I then put on a fleece that has the thumb holes to keep your sleeves down (LOVE this feature) and last I wear running tights. I really didn't see the need for these until I ran in my normal yoga pants one snowy day. I came home and from my knee up to the top of my legs was red and itchy from being so cold then coming inside. I love them but they are a little tight, all they had was size medium. They will be perfect though after a week or more of running. All of the above is C9 from Target, love that line (all but the sports bra's that wear out to fast for me).
I also have had to add a hat and gloves, both are easy to take off if you get too hot.
Last but not least...
If you haven't ran in a 4 - 6 weeks you will loose any progress you have made. Not a shock but I read it in Runner's World today. My runs now are about 1.5 miles (on a good day) before I begin to walk. It's ok though because soon I will be up to a 5K again!
Only 45 more miles till I can purchase new running shoes!!!


  1. Thanks for the encouraging post! I find it so hard to work out in this cold weather! I think I might take your suggestion and try saving time and just work out at home. You are so right that it wastes so much time just driving to the gym, changing and then finding a treadmill. Just the thought of the routine makes me less motivated! LOL!

  2. Up here in Fort Collins our high's have been in the high teens and low 20's-which I bet isn't too much different than Denver. How do you run in the cold? It hurts just being outside, let alone breathe outside!

  3. It is freezing here in Colorado Springs too!! burr! I have a few questions for you, I hope that is okay. I would like to start to run but I struggle to do small bursts on the treadmill. Any suggestions to work my way up? Also, I have done South Beach in the past and have been very successful but I have some (LOTS) of baby weight to loose and thought maybe Weight Watchers would work better. How long did you attend meetings?