Stepping it Up

After a more than indulgent weekend and especially after a rough night’s sleep, I admit it was hard to drag my self out of bed this morning. I was so tempted to roll over and go back to sleep, but I didn’t. This morning’s run was my fourth outside and I have to admit it: it’s getting easier. I’ve decided though, that if I really want to make progress I need to run 3 times/week and I can’t go 4 days between runs, which happens when I do the Tuesday/Thursday gig. So this morning’s run started a new routine for me, one that will see me running Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. This way, I will only take the weekend off and the rest of the time, space my runs by one rest day. Let’s see how it goes.

Today was good. I won’t lie to you and tell you I jumped from the bed and bounced into my running clothes eager to get going. No, no, no. More like drag the dead weight that was me, stumbling down the stairs, rubbing my eyes and cursing once or twice…but I did it and that’s what matters. I’ll work on attitude another week!

I ate a banana before I got going, stretching and eating outside. I make it a point now to not turn on my ipod until I start running so my stretch + walking time I get to hear nature. My neighbourhood hosts a lot of wildlife, surprisingly, and the chorus of bird talk as I make my way to the starting point is pretty soothing.

Again I did my four laps of 1.3K each. Today though, I found that it took me longer to warm up, well into the second lap, but that lap 3 was not the torture fest it has been and even the last lap was manageable. I blame the sluggish legs on the chips & dip at the family BBQ yesterday (so bad I know…but so tasty!), but I’m pleased that the last two laps didn’t hurt as much.

I did not do jumping jacks and my knees certainly feel better for it. Instead, when I stopped for the 5-6 second water gulping break, I simply marched in place, allowing for a short pause but not stopping altogether and risking my legs seizing up.

I must admit, this running early thing is a great way to start the day. I feel more alive and awake on the days I get up to exercise than on the days I do not. Who would have thought is possible? I know I’m amazed.

Two things before I leave you for the day. One: a huge shout out of congratulations to our fellow runner and co-blogger Amy who had her second son over the weekend. Everyone is doing well and he looks to be quite the picture of health, rearing to take life on just like his mom. I’ll be thinking of you Amy as you guys adjust to being a family of four and can’t wait to have you back on board here.

Two: what kind of fun blogger would I be without your dose of crappy, I mean running video of the day? Today I present Ms. Kelly Clarkson. Because it’s so true: my life would truly suck without each and every one of you. Indeed.

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About Christine

Christine is the co-owner of Manley Mann Media and on the Board of Directors for the Islanders By Choice Alliance. In her spare time, Christine enjoys a good cup of coffee, an excellent book, and a square of chocolate (to off-set her love of food, she also enjoys various exercise endevours!).
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6 Responses to Stepping it Up

  1. I am not a runner. I will never be a runner. But I love to read this blog. It makes me want to exercise in some way every day. I love how each person has their own way of running and their own story. Very motivating!

  2. Wendy says:

    I hope this new schedule works for you Christine. I love early morning for exercise and how it makes me feels for the day. And, there is plenty of research indicating increased cognitive performance after cardiovascular activity….smarter and fitter!

  3. Amy says:

    Thanks for the shout out and congratulations 🙂 I can wait to get running again!!

    • Christine says:

      Hey Amy—I think I’m just going to buy you a copy of Run Like a Mother and mail it directly to your house. It would cost just as much to ship it anyway, and I think the book will be a great resource for me. Is this cool?

  4. Amy says:

    Hahaha…whatever you want 🙂 It fits in a small envelope and i think it only cost me a few bucks to mail, but it’s completely up to you. I’m glad you liked it!

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