For the last 2-3 weeks, I have religiously started running again! For those who knew me way back, I’ve always been an avid runner. Running literally saved my sanity during those hard times, especially when I did my twice a week long runs that would last 2-3 hours at a time. The continuity of bringing one foot in front of the other, breathing in and out with every step, feeling the heat or the rain on my skin, the music that was playing through earphones – just gave me a sense of solace.
However, running took a backseat ever since I moved here in the United States. Working as a Physical Therapist, I am on my feet 90% of the time for the whole day. Sitting and relaxing was the only thing on my mind when I get home from work. Weekends are for “running” errands and catching up on “nap time.”
I made too much excuses.
So, during the last week of April. I decided to just go at it again and see if I would like running the way I did before. I ordered some basic running gears on Amazon and as soon as it came in. I just ran outside. I initially planned to run just a mile, because I didn’t know how I would actually feel or do. Miraculously, I was able to run 3 miles with an average pace of 12:40 per mile – and it felt awesome! I didn’t want to overdo it and I really cannot afford to get injured or get sick – so I have been alternating running and boxing and taking a day or two off to help my muscles recuperate. This week, I plan to increase my mileage to 4-5 miles 3x this week.
Taking baby steps, slowly and surely.
Here are my Basic Running Gear for now:
1. Garmin Forerunner 10 – I used to have a Garmin 305 which was bigger and was more specific in letting me know my pace per mile. The Garmin Forerunner 10 is their lightest and one of Garmin’s most basi running watch. This is a no-frills watch that is able to capture your miles via GPS, tracks your speed and distance, virtual pacer and the best part? It’s relatively inexpensive for ~US$95.00.
2. iPhone 6 and Earphones – I love running with a good playlist keeping my upbeat with every step. It is also handy just in case, someone needs to contact me while I run on the road.
3. A Pair of Sporty Sunglasses – This is an old spyder pair that does it’s job of keeping me from squinting under the heat of the sun and protects my eyes – when it gets windy. And it does get Windy around the Tricities, WA.
4. SPIbelt Sports/Running Belt – This one fits my iPhone 6 like a glove, an identification card and keys. It fits around my waist just right and does not bounce at all even if I have to sprint or jump out of the way of sprinklers!
On my non-running days, I usually head on to Contenders Boxing Gym for some good boxing workout. I don’t join the classes, since I am used to and familiar with a typical boxing/fighter’s training… A post on boxing is for another day. 🙂