Running Check-In Week 1

Running OutfitTotal throwback picture.  A pic of me from 2008 when I started running for the first time and it was winter in Ohio.

This was my lame ass outfit that I wore, ill-fitting fleece from head to toe.

Things have changed and now I wear proper running clothes.  I do still have and wear that hat though! It’s the best running hat because it covers my ears without riding up.

Currently it’s Day 8 and I’ve had 5 proper runs so far this year.  Three rest days, two unintentional ones but shit happens so I’m not going to stress over that.

My knees are a little achy during the run but that’s what happens when you’re carrying around extra weight.  I’m slowly getting used to the elevation and my breathing is getting much better.

Today I ran the farthest before needing to stop for a walk break so I’m counting that as great progress.  I think I’ll be able to run a full mile soon without stopping.

The plan is that I will not be increasing mileage until I can run the current distance without stopping to walk.  Once I can run a mile without stopping, and do that consistently, then I’ll bump up to a mile and a half, and so on from there.

For motivation, I reread a post I wrote back in 2009 about running.  I needed that.  I will be a runner again, it’s just going to take me a little longer than expected.

How are you doing with your 2014 fitness goals?


About Andrea Ratulowski

Andrea Ratulowski is the proprietor of Food Embrace. She eats and cooks with real foods. She feels that cheese is always acceptable and that beer is the right answer.


  1. says

    This reminded me of my first ever race. It was a 5k and I wore cotton shirt and tights and sneakers. :) No one told me the right kind to wear. LOL! I learned a lot as my passion for running grew. :)
    Happy running! :)

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