Week1 run 2

Up nice and early for this mornings run. I'm lucky to live near a running track so out I went determined to complete the mere 20 minute session. I'm pleased to say that I did complete it, not easily but I didn't find it as difficult as I expected. I'm using a stopwatch on my Fitbit to time the runs and walks, have to admit there was one run I think I missed through chatting and not checking the clock. I feel so fantastic for joining this initiative. It's really helped my lifestyle choices and most importantly my mental health. Completed this mornings session with 3 sets of sit ups (x15), 3 sets of glute squeeze things (x15) and 3 15 second planks with added mountain climbers on last 5 for each set.

Run 3 tomorrow morning...I'm already looking forward to it.....I've changed!! Perhaps I'm cured of my previous allergies to exercise haha! Happy weekend!

7 Replies

  • It's a great idea to include other strengthening exercises in the session too. Well done on starting - and keeping at it!

  • Absolutely not! Tomorrow is a recovery day and run 3 will have to wait until Monday.

    Rest/recovery days are as important as running days; if you do not respect them your progress will be slower and you risk an injury.

    I understand your enthusiasm but you don't want to end up on the injury couch and be unable to run for weeks, do you?

  • I'm a full time working mum of two (under3) with a shift working husband. I can only escape at certain times....promise not to over do it!

  • I appreciate it might be pretty difficult but, at this stage, is better to run only once or twice per week than skipping recovery days.

    Later in the programme, when your muscles and bones had some time to get used to running, you can run on two consecutive days but I would strongly advice against doing it now.

  • Ok, could I just walk the 20 mins?

  • Sure, during recovery day you can do a lot of other activities: walking, swimming, strength and flexibility excercise... anything that is not high-impact on your muscle-skeletal system is allowed. ;)

  • You're so right, running is fantastic for improving your emotional wellbeing as well as your physical health,and it certainly encourages us to make healthier lifestyle choices. You sound like you are really enjoying it, but yes, Secan is absolutely right about the rest days! They are sacred and very much part of the programme as they give your body time to recover and reduce the chance of injury. Ignore them at your peril! Good luck with the rest of the programme.🙂

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