Saturday, July 28, 2012

Run, Baby, Run

So, I've always aspired to be a runner (er, jogger/ someone who looks like a runner. Whatever. You get the point) But setting out on my weight loss journey this year, I set a goal for myself to run/jog/walk/crawl and finish a half-marathon. That's 13.1 miles, folks.

But as of January of this year, I could walk and I mean slowly walk about 3 miles in an hour. Not bad considering the saying that, "No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everybody on the couch."
As my weight began to drop and my endurance began to increase, I began to walk faster. I went from a 3 miles per hour/20 Min Mile Pace to a 4 miles per hour/15 Min Mile Pace. I continued to walk as fast as I could for an hour, 3 days a week for about 3 months.

In March, I met this awesome lady, Beverly in my circuit training boot camp. She has run over 15 marathons. (That's 26.2 miles for those wondering.) I recruited her help immediately. I wanted to run.
Beverly told me about Jeff Galloway, a marathon runner who trains with his Injury Free Run Training Plans. He has an app for iphones and I'm sure for Androids that you can download. It plays your music while you run, while at the same time, telling you when to run and when to walk based upon you pace, all the while coaching you throughout your run. I love this app!!!

She began to encourage me to run as far as I could, but walk when I got winded. So I would and at first, I could jog for about 30 seconds and then walk for like 5 minutes!!! But I kept at it, jogging for as long as I could. Next thing you know, I was going further, faster and longer.

Now it has taken me 4 months to get to this place and please understand, I am by no means Usain Bolt.

Today, I jog up to 20-30 miles a week. I run a mile, walk a minute. This allows my body some recovery time while getting fresh oxygen to my muscles. I may go slow, but I go far. My body is conditioned. I have no injuries and that says a lot for someone who has had 2 knee surgeries!!!

Now on Saturday mornings, this crazy woman gets up at 4:30 am (who does that?) to run 8 miles. This is me this morning after my run. (Ignore my unnaturally red face.) I'm proud of myself!

I'll be routinely posting training tips throughout my blog. But here is your tip for the day. Push yourself to go a little faster than normal. Continue to to hold you pace for about a week or two. This allows your body to get a custom and conditioned. Try to up you pace or distance after about 2 weeks. Whether that is walking faster or trying to jog a little, do it! Keep in mind your body's heart rate and the temperature outside while you run. I typically run early in the morning or late in the evening.

Good Luck!!


  1. Hey Amanda, this is Adrienne. Thank u so much this is a HUGE help. I'm sitting in the parking lot of the park right now about to exercise. I'm gonna download that app, thanks again!!! I'm going to do some jogging/walking today :)

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