Tonight has been one of those nights where I haven’t stopped moving since the moment I got off work. Walked in the park with my sister, grocery shopping, mowed the lawn, laundry… and it’s after 9 and I’m pooped!
Tomorrow I am volunteering with the United Way of Summit County for the Day of Action. I decided I’d try and pack some healthy snacks to take along since I know they will be providing us with some unhealthy temptations. (I’m sure I’ll succumb to at least one 😉 )
Walking in the metro parks this afternoon really got my desire to start running churning again. I would consider myself an active person since I’ve played soccer since elementary school, and I just generally enjoy being outside and moving around. A few months back I decided to start running and I loved it! I felt like I had found a new passion. Running first thing in the morning really energized me for my day, and I felt absolutely great. But unfortunately I injured my knee. Still not entirely sure what happened there. The doctor tells me “some knees just aren’t made for running.” I’m not ready to accept that. I hate doctors. But that’s a different blog for a different day.
I stumbled upon this website which gives a plan for building yourself up from walking to running. Stamina is not my issue — I can run 5K no problem (well before the knee issues began that is). I think what I need to focus on is not stamina but strength.
The Plan (3o minutes per day, 3 days per week):
Week #1: Two minutes running/four minutes walking
Week #2: Three minutes running/three minutes walking
Week #3: Four minutes running/two minutes walking
Week #4: Five minutes running/three minutes walking
Week #5: Seven minutes running/three minutes walking
Week #6: Eight minutes running/two minutes walking
Week #7: Nine minutes running/one minute walking
Week #8: Thirteen minutes running/two minutes walking
Week #9: Fourteen minutes running/one minute walking
Week #10: Run the whole time!
I guess the worst that could happen is my knee will hurt, and I’ll have to stop. I think I’m going to give it a shot! I’m just hoping the knee can handle it. Also, how the heck do I keep track of my time in 2 minute intervals? Maybe there’s an iphone app…. Haha.. of course there’s an app 😉
As of yet, no big plans for the weekend and no new recipes scheduled for experimentation. But I did find this little message in a treat I had earlier this week:
Now I have to do something new! I’m really funny about messages like this, or even messages that come in fortune cookies. I often carry them around in my wallet as a reminder to think positively and enjoy everyday. Somtimes you just need a visual.