Rookie Runner

Tracking Twenty Weeks of Fitness 

After travelling internationally for three months last year, where our only real form of exercise was the walking we did when sightseeing, and the ‘weight lifting’ we did carrying suitcases (and baby!) everywhere, I was really looking forward to running when I returned home. As I have written about in earlier entries, I had not done running regularly before, but I was determined to start. I am now well past the twenty week point and I kept a log book throughout that time to track my progress. This helped to keep me accountable and motivated, and it’s encouraging to see improvements along the way.

By sharing this sample of my fitness diary my hope is to inspire and motivate others to try it for themselves. Recovering from surgery and feeling fit and strong again has been a long road, but if I can do it, so can you! The happiness and euphoria you feel from running (or any form of exercise) is so beneficial for mental health, and of course there are many physical health benefits as well. If you are thinking about taking up running, this is how I did it:

I started out slowly running (and power walking in between, if I needed a break) mostly with the jogging stroller in the mornings after a light breakfast. It is a great way to start the day. Races and group runs came a little later on and were done without the jogging stroller; almost all other runs were done with the stroller. As a stay-at-home parent, I was looking for an exercise routine I could do with baby, and running turned out to be a great solution, as baby can come along for the ride 🙂

Having realistic goals along the way was very important. For example, jumping straight into a marathon or half-marathon would have been huge undertaking and not very realistic for someone who was just starting out, so I started with 5K and 10K goals because they seemed much more manageable. This way I could achieve my goals and move onto the next one without disappointment. And by running several mornings a week, it soon became a habit and my stamina increased rapidly. The following information shows my “Rookie Runner” statistics over the twenty weeks.

Races – 

#1 – 5K Run – 35 minutes (Socorro, NM) September

#2 – 10K Run – 75 minutes (Las Cruces, NM) November

#3 – 5K Run – 31 minutes (Socorro, NM) December

Group Runs –

My first group run with the Women Runners – September (#1)

5 miles with the group – September (#2),  October (#3), November (#4), and December (#5)

Runs Per Week –

Week 1 – week commencing 27 July, 2014

3 runs

Week 2

6 runs

Week 3

5 runs (including 1 stairs session)

Week 4

4 runs

Week 5

5 runs

Week 6

3 runs (including my first group run)

Week 7

4 runs

Week 8

3 runs (including a 5K Charity Run)

Week 9

4 runs (including a 5 mile group run)

Week 10

2 runs (including 1 stairs session)

Week 11

0 runs (guests staying from overseas this week and road tripping with guests)

Week 12

2 runs

Week 13

4 runs (including 2 stairs sessions)

Week 14

4 runs (including a 5 mile group run and 1 stairs session)

Week 15

3 runs (including a 10K Desert Trail Charity Run)

Week 16

0 runs (sick this week)

Week 17

4 runs

Week 18 

3 runs

Week 19

4 runs (including a 5 mile group run)

Week 20 – week ending 13th December, 2014

3 runs (including a 5K Charity Run)

And that wraps up my twenty weeks… Of course there is more work to be done, and this year one of my goals is to participate in a half-marathon (approximately 13 miles) – another challenge coming my way!

Write to me and share your own fitness journey – I’d love to hear about it.

Bridget @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x

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