Well, I splurged a little last night and woke up this morning to a 3-pound gain. I had a small plate of fries with my turkey and fruit. I think it was the salt, though. I really poured it on. Hopefully all the water I drank today will flush the extra sodium out of my system.
I went running tonight. Yea! I only ran our regular 5K route and got it done in 45 minutes. My pace was great. And I felt great throughout the whole run. I even burned 948 calories! I think I really love running at night. I felt strong and confident and the scenery was beautiful with the sun just setting. The sky was blazing red and everything just glowed.
I even went past a small lake (was probably a sink whole or a man-made retention pond) that was absolutely spectacular. There were even a couple of men fishing from the shore. And the sky was red reflecting off the water and it was just beautiful.
I don't feel any aches or soreness from Sunday's 10K. My knees feel great. My legs feel great. I'm so glad I went running tonight.
You know, over the past few months, I've heard some of you say how you can't wait until y0u can run like I do or you wish you could or something like that. I'd just like to say that running isn't as hard as you might think it is. I know when I first started, it freaked me out. I thought I was going to die or break something or pull something when I first started running. I was so out of breath and I actually think I would hyperventilate sometimes. That's how panicked I was about it.
I'm here as living proof that if you just take it slow, you can do it. Run just enough to call it running to start out with. Run just enough to lift your feet off the ground. Almost like a speed walk but with a little hop in your skip. But then only run for maybe 30 seconds the first time. Then walk until you're totally rested and try it again. The first time you try it, you might only run twice. But just take it slow. There's no rush. You've got the rest of your life to run farther and faster. Rushing it will only prevent you from doing that.
The reason I breath through my nose is because if I breath through my mouth, I'll hyperventilate from too much air and it'll exhaust me. I've heard of other runners doing the same thing, breathing through their noses, so I tried it and it's really the only way I can run any length of distance. Once I start breathing through my mouth, I just get too much air and start wearing out. But breath however you feel most comfortable.
Make sure you have a good pair of shoes, too. I bought a very inexpensive pair of sneakers from Sports Authority made by ASICS (I think they were like $30 or something like that). I bought them because they were cheap but it ends up they're so comfortable to run in. So they don't have to be the most expensive shoes, just ones that have good support and are made for running.
Don't let running intimidate you. You can do it. It's alot easier than you might think. Try it, you might just end up loving it like I do.