In January I knocked a 21K off my bucket list and ran my first half marathon! It was an awesome experience.
What was not so fun is the damage I did to my knees after all that training and pounding on the pavement for hours. I decided to take a couple months off and in March I decided to try something different with my runs. It's really working out well for me so I wanted to share..
This quote is so true and relatable for me. After the race and all the pain in my joints I thought I was DONE with running, however, I started to realize how much I really missed it. Something about running and zoning out for a little bit just really does it for me. It clears my head and leaves me feeling good and happy (as long as I have great music:)
I decided to focus more on sprinting rather than running long distance at a slower pace. If you look at sprinters bodies vs. long distance runners bodies, it's kinda obvious which one is more appealing.
See what I mean? So..this is what I do...I run HARD for about 1-2 minutes then I walk for a couple minutes. I don't exactly time myself so this is just a guesstimate. Sometimes I run hard longer and sometimes I just walk for little longer. I just go with what feels good. I continue to do this for at least 45 minutes-1 hour. It ends up averaging out to around 1 mile every 10 minutes for me. Since March I've lost 5 pounds and I definitely contribute it to this because my diet has been pretty consistent not to mention by joints don't hurt anymore!
I'm very lucky in that I live in downtown Charleston so the scenery is always changing and beautiful. I don't think I've ever taken the same route twice. I just go where the wind takes me and that makes it so much more enjoyable. If you can run outside, I definitely recommend it. Here are some of my favorite pics from my many runs..
I try to stop and take it all in every time. Living in the moment is the BEST place to be and running gets me there. I hope I encourage you to try something new and RUN!