Favourite Yet

Tonight’s run has been my favourite yet. I’m not sure why exactly, it could be a couple of things – but I was totally there for it.

30 minutes of run / walk intervals. Just under 4km, with a good mix of (slight) up-and-down-hill sections. And alllllllll of the endorphins.

… maybe it was the weather. Tonight was beautiful and clear. It was cool, but perfect with a jacket. I didn’t get too sweaty, though I know I worked hard.

… maybe it was the fact I hadn’t been on a run for a couple of days. Yesterday I did a bit of cross training at home, after my morning run plans fell through. And I had intended to run this morning before work, too, but dropped that hope when I was still wide awake at midnight.

… maybe it’s because I haven’t been sleeping or breathing particularly well lately. Yeah… that’s one for a different post.

… maybe I just prefer evening runs, where my body is fuelled by meals earlier in the day, and I can turn off my thoughts of work. Transitioning from work mode to relax mode, claiming this evening time as mine.

Whatever it was, I really enjoyed it and I can already feel the progress I’m making, even just in week 2.

I didn’t even stop my jog for tonight’s (wonderfully terrible) photo. One of those lines is a giant, red moon that was sitting low and bright tonight. Can you guess which one? Ha!

Just Start

I have every intention of following a training plan in the lead up to this half marathon. I can make progress without one, but I’d really just be making it up as I go along. Not ideal.

The day I signed up, I got on the treadmill to see what I was working with. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’m an intervals girl, so if I find a comfortable ‘jog’ pace, things should get a lot easier.

This weekend, I’m away and went for a run down along the beach. I wasn’t expecting brilliance, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as hard as it was.

I knew in my head that running on the treadmill is not the same as getting out and hitting the pavement. Now, I know it in my knees.

I kept to the concrete path between the cliff and the sand. I may be a rookie, but I know that running on sand is an entirely different experience.

It was a short run, but I got out there and did it. And I actually ran more than I thought I would.

Definitely a combination of running and walking, looking at my fitbit stats afterward – I ran more distance than I walked. It didn’t feel that way at the time, but it gives me hope!

I won’t be sharing my stats just yet – that will come with the training plan, I suspect.

It felt good today. But that’s just one day, and there are a lot more to come. One day at a time.