Back to Running

Now that the bar exam is over, I’ve been able to get back to running.  It’s been rough but feels GREAT!

My first run back was Thursday and it was not easy.  My goal was to run 1 entire way around the pond by our apartment complex, which is about .6 miles.  Not far, but it’s been a month since my last run and it was hot and very sunny on Thursday.  I’m not sure how much of a difference it really makes but man, being a mile closer to the sun than I’m used to, it really does seem to beat down on you a little more.

Anywho, I didn’t make it around running the entire time, but I ended up running a total of 7 minutes.  It took me 18 minutes to get me around twice, so 1.2 miles.  Not fast, but I’m not going for fast.  Not now at least.  It just felt good to get back out there.  The heat definitely made a difference though.  Although I’m worried about getting out to run in the cold, I’m ready for fall.  Running in 60 or 70 degrees sounds much better than running in 90.

Run number two was Saturday morning.  For some reason, I was wide awake at 8am so I decided to take advantage of the cool temperatures.  Plus our bloodhound, Gunn is a little chubby and I’ve really decided that we have to be proactive about it.  We’ve switched him to a healthy weight food and he’ll be going on a lot more walks/runs.  I feel bad leaving our miniature dachshund behind since he always has so much energy, so I figured I’d be brave and take BOTH dogs with me.  It actually wasn’t nearly as bad as I had imagined.  We didn’t see another dog, which made things easier, and by the time we saw another person, they were both so tired, they didn’t care.

Not sure how far I went because I took a different route than normal but I made the dogs do intervals with me.. hah.  My intervals weren’t timed, but rather, I used landmarks for how long/far I ran.  I don’t have a clue how long or how far I actually ran, but it sure tired the dogs out.  I let them choose the pace for our running time.  Oddly enough, it was the little one who was normally the pace-setter.  He would take off as soon as I would start running.

By the end of our walk, I was literally dragging Gunn.  I let them play in the pond a bit to rejuvenate themselves, which they loved.  And now…

If he didn’t move around every so often, I’d have to check for a heartbeat.

On the other hand, Wesson is ready to play. I’m telling you.. TONS of energy! (P.S. Isn’t he adorable?!)

Now that I’m not specifically training for a 5k (although I WILL do one this fall), I’m going to be focusing more on a total-body getting in shape, rather than just getting myself set up for a run.  I’m hoping to run 2-3 times a week, but maybe not with such a strict schedule as I had before.  I’ve seen so much about doing intervals, I think that may be what I focus on, at least for a little while.  Just try pushing myself farther and farther.

I also started following Blogilates on Twitter and she always posts tons of awesome new workouts, so I’m thinking I’ll check out her blog and YouTube videos for the rest of my workouts.

Does anyone else have any suggestions for good at-home workout plans?

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