Longest 3 weeks ever…

So, tonight I FINALLY was able to complete “Week 3: Session 1” – Run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes (10 times). I’ve been working on that rotation for about 2 weeks now. LOL! Week 3: Session 2 will be a breeze then – Run 2 minutes, walk 2 minutes (9 times). And after that the next few sessions seem easily within reach.

I’ve finally managed to get myself running on the treadmill, which I think has been the critical thing for my being able to complete this session. I think before, when I was running outside, I was getting too hot (it hasn’t been cooling down enough at twilight recently), and I was also probably getting dehydrated. Even tonight, running in an air conditioned gym, and basically drinking a huge bottle of water – when I stopped running, I felt dizzy. I don’t know if that’s really normal or not. I do have a doctor’s appointment in about a month and I guess if that keeps up, I’ll ask her. Either way, I still prefer running outside, so I need to figure out a way to keep a water bottle handy.

These are the types of simple questions that always make me feel like an idiot. I mean, what do “real” runners do? I never see the joggers I pass on the road lugging a big jug of water with them. How do these people not get dehydrated?!

In any case, I did see someone bicycling with something like this: Amphipod Full Tilt Velocity Waistpack – basically the water bottle goes on your back. I’m not sure how well it works for running, but I’m really tempted to try it. REI I think is one of those stores that has a really good return policy if I recall…? Don’t like it – bring it back, even if you’ve used it kind of thing. So even though $32 seems like more than I’d want to spend on a water bottle – I’m willing to try it if I know I can return it if it doesn’t work out.

In any case, I’m feeling really good about tonight’s victory. 50 minutes or running/walking. Go me! 😀

2 Comments

  1. Sara
    Aug 4, 2009

    You are doing great!

    Greg runs distance, so I consider him “a real runner”. He runs about 3 miles and then stops at the WaWa for Gatorade or something, then runs the 3 miles back. Sometimes he runs 6 miles and stops and drinks two of them. Guys are weird. *LOL*

    I have a CamelBak bottle with a bite straw that I use when I’m running at the gym or on the elliptical or bike. It’s easier I’ve found, you just bit the straw to get the water and you don’t have to break your stride. I usually can go 1/2 mile before I have to get some water. I bought that at Sports Authority. Just a hint though, if you get one, get the 32 oz. one, I think it’s that size, and the cleaner kit that has the straw cleaner and bottle brush. You can buy that online with REI, which is where I bought the cleaner kit. Best $20 I spent! I’ve had the bottles for over a year and they are super clean.

  2. Jennifer
    Aug 4, 2009

    I’ll have to check out that bottle. Sounds cool. I wonder if that water bottle backpack thingy will hold any bottle… I need to check it out this weekend!

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