Whatever keeps you going, right?

So, as I add time to my running routine, I’ve been running into this mental block while doing my running sets, where I can’t stop thinking “when is this over?!”

My training regiment is alternating sets of walking and running, gradually building up the running time.

I usually listen to some bumping music to help me keep my pace, but I find I get bored and keep looking at my timer to see how much time is left.

My good friend Jenny suggested I download an audio book to keep my mind off how much my lungs burn, my legs ache and I’m sweating, so I decided to give it a try.

So far, so good! Really seems to help. Any of you have any good tricks for keeping your mind occupied while running?

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(Don’t judge me on my book choices)

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Running + Pain = Frustration

Went running today, and noticed my right shin is killing me! I do stretch my calves out a bit before running, but today is painful! So painful, I couldn’t even finish my run. I got 3/4 of the way through and quit. So frustrated.

I looked it up online, and they say shin pain is common among beginning runners. Most advice pointed to some shin strengthening exercises, a couple days of rest, ibuprofen and a frozen bag of peas on my shin. So, here I sit, peas and all.

I suppose I’ll take a few extra days rest time and see if that helps, but I feel like the longer I wait to run again, the less progress I make, and I definitely do not want to go backwards.

Anyone deal with this before and have some advice?

Want to get back out there, and my mind is willing, but my body is not.

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Frozen pea therapy.

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What gets you motivated?

I worked 13 hours today, came home and wanted to do nothing but sit in a chair. Today was supposed to be my day to run (I run every other day), but just couldn’t do it.

I was tired, it’s kinda rainy out, whine, whine, whine.

What do you do when you’re like that? What motivates you to go run when you’re tired?

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My column on my quest to get fit

Went online today. Check it out if you get a few minutes!

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May 22, 2013 · 9:06 pm

Putting one foot in front of the other

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May 17, 2013 · 10:09 pm

New running shoes!

Check out my new kicks! Tried them on last night, and they are awesomely cushy. Hoping they’ll help me run longer, as my legs get so tired.

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I’m a terrible blogger/ My journey to fitness

For real. It’s been at least a year since I posted, and I’m a terrible person.

Not really, but yikes.

In an attempt to do some more writing for fun, I’m bringing the blog back (again). I’m inspired by by friend Chris, who recently started his own blog. Check that out here.

I’m currently training for the Sioux Glow 5K, which I’m running (yes, running) in August with my sister and friends. New things! I’m not a runner. At all. But, it’s been going well. I detail my adventure with training and trying to get fit in this column I wrote for the paper. It’s slated to run next week, but wanted to share it all with you now:

“One more step, one more step, one more step…”

If you passed me on the bike trail, jogging very slowly along, you might hear me muttering those words over and over again in between ragged gasps for air, and you might think I’m losing my mind.

 In reality, I’m doing everything I can to keep my feet moving in front of me.

I’m not a runner.  I never have been in my life.  I was an active kid, I played basketball and softball, and spent many an afterschool hour riding my bike and canoeing. But, I never ran as a hobby. Track never appealed to me, and cross country seemed simply exhausting.

I used to joke that I would run just as fast if my legs were tied together.

But, as the years have brought me well into adulthood, I’m ashamed to say I’ve adopted more of a sedentary lifestyle,  a few extra unwanted pounds and not-so-great diet.

I’d like to, and have, blamed my office job, or the hours I work, or my number of commitments and obligations, the list goes on and on. But, in reality, the only thing I have to blame for feeling ashamed of my body and my health, is me.

So, I’m making a change.

They aren’t big, monumental changes, just what I like to call “small tweaks” in my everyday life, starting with no bun for my grilled cheeseburger, less salt on my food, whole grains, and more fresh fruit and vegetables instead of potato chips.

Getting myself moving more is also a goal.

I’ve committed to running a 5K in August with a co-worker and my sister, so I’ve started a training regiment through an app on my iPhone (technology is great). The app trains you over eight weeks, starting with alternating minutes of running and walking, eventually cutting down on the walking time until all you’re doing is running. For 35 minutes. Gulp.

I’m several sessions into the program, but so far, so good.

 The first three minutes of running really, really suck, if I might be so bold, but after that, it’s not so bad. I’m up to eight minutes of running per 25-minute session, one minute at a time. Let me tell you, that minute before I get to walk again seems like the longest minute of my life. But, I keep slogging along, and keep telling myself to make one more step, one more after that and one more after that, and before I know it, I’m at the end of my workout.

By then I’m tired, out of breath, and sweaty, but I feel energized, clear-headed, and most of all, proud of myself for doing it.

My ultimate goal is to have Carrie Underwood-like legs and the body to match, and some days it seems like I might never get there. The other day I put my pants on, and they were just a little looser than normal. I smiled.

It’s the little victories that will keep me going, putting one foot in front of the other.

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