No matter how hard I work at this, I have not yet been able to run for more than 8-10 minutes without taking a break and walking. That’s like 1.5km at my speed and I cannot for the life of me get any further, I just cannot breathe! This makes me anxious for the Colour Run I agreed to do with my…
I’m doing the Color Run in March, too! You’re not in Australia, are you? =]
Anyway, I find that if I put away the running schedule and watch for a week or two, and just run when I want to, walk when I want to, and run when I’m ready again, it really helps. Eventually the walking intervals get shorter and I can go for much longer. Schedules help push yourself but I find if I can’t quite reach where I think I’m “supposed” to be I get a bit defeated.
Strength training helped me, too. When I worked the hell out of my thighs and calves running got a bit easier. If you have access to an elliptical, using high-resistance training to build up endurance could be useful.
Anyway, don’t get injured! Listen to your body, walk when you have to, and don’t worry, you have lots of time and you’re already 1/3 the way to being a 5k runner!
So you’re in bed. You’re snug. You’re cosy. You don’t want to get out ever! But here’s 9 yoga poses to help your sleepy self get up.
1. Savasana- just chill for a bit and breath deeply and enjoy that sun streaming in
2. Cobra- stretch that back like the crazy cat you are
3. Extended child’s pose- now stretch your back the other way. Your covers come off too. Magic!
4. Camel pose- now sit on your knees and throw your arms back to your toes like some sort of shawshank redemption prison break.
5. Forward bend- now stand up on those sexy pins and try not to fall off the bed
6. Pigeon pose- almost there. Are you smiling yet? You should be you sexy minx bird of paradise
7. Seated forward fold- touch your toes! Wiggle them and giggle at your cuteness
8. Kneeling side plank variation- stretch that delish body of yours and try not to blind yourself at how radiant you are
9. Meditation- don’t think just yet. Just enjoy that beautiful stillness
Now step off that cosy bed of yours and sashay the fuck out of bed. Namaste.
What a great way to start the day. Con will just have to deal.
“If you can drive yourself crazy, you can drive yourself happy, too.”
– (via anna-learns-to-love-herself)
If you have chronic asthma or exercise asthma, you can still run and breathe easy
Backstory: I’m in Australia living/backpacking at the moment with no health insurance and am pretty broke, for the most part.
I tried C25K today and stopped after about 30 seconds gasping for breath because my asthma decided to make a vicious comeback after a few months symptom-free. I don’t have an inhaler and even now, hours later, I’m still wheezing/coughing like a maniac. A few weeks ago I was running farther/faster/longer without asthma symptoms.
It’s really discouraging. I’m not sure what to do except take it slower (which is about my least favorite thing to do,) and wait. Maybe some strength training won’t be so bad for it.
But it has me really down. Bummer.
What is C25k?
Oh! C25K is pretty awesome.
It stands for Couch-to-5k and is a running program for non-runners to run a 5k. It’s a 9-week program that builds on intervals of walking and running to slowly, safely work your way towards running a 5k.
http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml <—- you can find more information here.
My days off are so exciting. =]
This will in part be a promo of some of my favorite blogs, but I would, first and foremost, like this to be a resource for people seeking out allies to help them in their path towards wellness.
I’m looking for 4 types of blogs:
- Body-positive information blogs