Run Day 7-Daunted No More

I woke up motivated and excited for my run. Yesterday’s you-can-do-better feeling was still eating at me. I did two hours of Pilates self practice in the morning (lots of jumpboard—hello thighs!), so I had to wait until the afternoon to run. All this extra leg work made me nervous for the run, but it went better than expected.

Running in the West Village on Easter Sunday afternoon was definitely a bad, bad idea, but I did my best maneuvering around crowds. My legs held up fine, but I had terrible cramps throughout my entire abs. So focused on getting past it, I ran 1.4 miles until the cramps were too bad to continue. Still! 1.4 miles! Certainly better than yesterday! My breath didn’t feel that labored, but I think the cramps were worse because of the lunch I had about an hour before.

The best part of my run—the MapMyRun app. I’m in love with this thing. When I was solely relying on RunningMap.com, I would have to remember every street I went down so I could track it later at home. With MapMyRun, all you do is press Start when you begin your work out, and it calculates your route, mileage, minutes per mile and calories burned. You can even share all the information through social media or email. I’ll start sharing soon!

I’ve also had a great time reading Runner’s World Newbie Chronicles. If you’re learning how to run like me, they have a story that applies to everyone. Check it out!

This run made me a lot less daunted about adding this second mile into my training. It helps that I got some new running shorts yesterday (that show a lot less thigh) and am trying to embrace this as part of my lifestyle. Today also made me sure that I’m more of a morning runner, so I’m going to try to keep on that track.

Can’t wait for the next one to see how far I go! Leave your comments and tips here or on Facebook or Twitter!

Happy Running!
Run Around Girl

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