Today was my first day back from my running hiatus and it was great to feel my body sink back into my stride.
But before I started running, I did my morning meditation and stretches. I started meditating with help from the Head Space app (shout out to Katie at Post Grad Professional for telling me about it!) and I am absolutely hooked! The sessions are 10 minutes each and make it so easy to focus and really clear your mind. Plus, Andy (the coach) has a delicious accent, making it all the more easy to drift into your “zen zone.”
After feeling relaxed and stretched I headed over to my gym to start my first workout. Now, the deal I made with my orthopedic surgeon is that he’d only clear me to run as long as I don’t make my workouts too strenuous. In an effort to keep myself from training too hard right off the bat, I’ve started the 5K Runner: Couch to 5K Training app again.
I first started using the 5K Runner app after I decided to run my first half marathon and I had no idea how to even begin to train. This app is perfect for beginner runners who want to start training in a way that isn’t too hardcore and that makes beginning to run as painless as possible.
Today I did the first workout on the program, which is one minute of running combined with one and a half minutes walking for 20 minutes. After not running for months, it was best to start slow to avoid further injury. But even running for a short period of time, it was still so great to use muscles that I haven’t in so long and I can’t wait to go again tomorrow.
Using apps to help with your workout is a great way to keep you energized and keep you motivated. Feel free to comment about some of your favorite fitness apps; I’d love to hear about them!
Until next time,