I've been getting about 4 miles in an hour when I run on the treadmill. Which, is totally awesome considering that I couldn't even get 3 miles in when I started this journey. Come to think of it, I would get about 3.5 miles at the most for the better part of the last year. So anything over 4 is awesome.
But I've noticed a few things that I need to figure out.
My legs are tired for the first 3/4 of a mile. I stretch out, but wonder if I'm stretching in the correct way? All I know is that they feel like dead weight until that 3/4 mile mark when they start to lengthen and relax. About 2 miles in I can feel my stride lengthen and my foot plant change and I can run longer periods of time without stopping.
I need to figure out how to better hydrate myself. I end up drinking about 12 ounces of water prior to the run and about 50 ounces during the run. Which means that half way through I end up jumping off the treadmill and loading up my water jug again. I'm thinking there has to be a better way to hydrate myself, without my tummy sloshing from water moving as I run.
I'm an ugly runner. This means that my head sweats likely half of what I drink. I'm constantly having to stop and wipe the sweat (what a gross word!) from my forehead and my neck. I need to find a really absorbent, wide, cloth headband to put on when I run so that I'm not distracted by wiping.
I long to find that runners high. I think I'm close to it sometimes because I lose sight of everything, but then something distracts me. I need to figure out how to focus on something to get in a zone. I tried focusing on the wall, but it makes me sick because I'm bouncing up and down to run. I tried to focus on a point way out the window, but it did the same thing. There has to be a trick, right?
I'm hoping to research these things in the next week or so and get some answers, tips and products.
You know what I just realized? I TOTALLY AM A RUNNER! I'm asking questions about how to better my runs which means that I know I can do it! YAY!