Sunday, 9 June 2013

beach front runs and palm trees in autumn

esme-running I was really surprised, and chuffed, at how kind and supportive you were when I told you I had started running. It was so amazing to read your own stories about running and made me feel like part of something really good. It's awesome!

I've been sticking to the plan, running when I wanted to, running when I didn't want to, running when it was cold and raining, or mild and sunny, or on bin night (twice!) and trying to breathe out when going past people's bins which isn't exactly easy but makes for a better olfactory experience. After two weeks of this I learned to plan ahead and not to run on bin night...

This picture shows my first running day, back at the end of April. I went down to Port Melbourne and ran along the beach front. I knew that I had to make the experience as nice as possible if I was going to enjoy it, and having an amazing view was a huge help! The top two photos are from that run. The bottom two are from recent runs around my suburb, in that beautiful late autumn, early winter light. Now I've got the running bug I can run anywhere – but I will treat myself to a scenic location again very soon!

And I just hit a milestone – last Friday night I did my first 5km. I am so... baffled! I've never been a runner, even when I've been much fitter, and here I am able to run non stop for 25 minutes. Shock! I'm so happy. I'd promised myself a new pair of proper running pants once I'd hit that 5km marker, and I got them yesterday – so, who knows, maybe there will even be running outfit posts soon! Seriously!

21 comments:

Elyce Sandri said...

Woohoo!! Congrats!! I am going to give running a try.. all your beautiful imagery makes me think it won't be too bad? ;)

Emma Cherry said...

Ah, well done you :)
I go through spates of running/not running.......mostly the latter, can't make excuses - I'm just lazy!
I salute your enthusiasm for this newly found fittest regime.....the views help - and well done on the 25 minutes, such an achievement x

ravenlocks said...

That's awesome! Congrats on running the 5km. I love running so much...but it took me a long time to even like it. And yes, a pretty scenery really does help! :)

xo Azu

www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

Miss Fairchild said...

Well done!!!

Bea W. said...

Congratulations on achieving your first goal along your running journey! Well done. Isn't it such a great feeling? I hope you reach many more. You'll have a wardrobe full of running kit soon if you keep going and rewarding yourself.
I'd love to see running outfit posts. I'm a super passionate runner (and now also cycling and swimming) and I often find that I have to compromise looking cute for being comfortable. Of course that's not a big problem but I'm sure you have a few ideas on how to even look glam while sweating like crazy.
PS going out in all weathers is awesome. It makes me feel like I've worked even harder....
What's your next goal? Further, faster maybe a fun run/race event?
Good luck with it all!!

esme and the laneway said...

Elyce Sandri : I really recommend it – I HATED running until now, so I feel like if I can get into to it there is hope for everyone! :D It really isn't bad – in fact it's wonderful! I can't believe I am saying this, but it's true hahaha!


Emma Cherry: thanks so much :D hehe I fear the lazy phases coming, coz I know they are..! I'll have to fight them!

ravenlocks : so, so true! And thank you!

Miss Fairchild : thanks! :D

Bea W. : haha I'll have to keep the rewards under control, and keep up with the vintage dresses too! So true about the all weather stuff! I don't know what my next goal should be – I'm tempted to try for 10km but want to get really comfortable with 5km... but I do like having a goal, and enjoy running harder more than longer, so we'll see! :D

bespokehome said...

Congratulations! You are one of a few people I have heard recommend the c25k & I am very tempted to give it a go. Would love to see a running outfit post & your thoughts on running shoes.

Vickie said...

Well done!

I've been walking instead of running recently (most of the year actually), but regardless, it's wonderful to get out into the fresh air. I go early mornings & watching the sun rise is a nice reward for dragging myself out of bed when it's still dark!

Laura said...

well done you! even i might stick to running if the scenery was like that! i always start running, but after the first run i think it's enough, hehe! x

Sarah said...

Yay! Congratulations on hitting 5kms, that's so awesome! Right now, that seems like such a long distance and huge achievement for me, but the fact that you've reached it gives me hope :) x

elke said...

way to go! your suburb pics are beautiful :-) we had an outdoor karate training this week... the concierge didn't show to open the dojo doors...:-) that meant no sweating (i find sweat discusting, i mean those men don't wash their kimono every time and then i have to hit them... no thanks :-)) but very dirty feet from being barefoot in the grass :-)

Jessica Cangiano said...

Absolutely wonderful accomplishment, dear gal! I'm super proud of you!

♥ Jessica

Teresa said...

YAY! Congratulations again on reaching a great milestone. It's always such a great feeling when you do and it makes all the effort worth it.

I love your running pics. Such beautiful scenery.

Tiffany said...

Congrats on your running milestone! I used to hate running, but started running regularly last summer and got the bug. I ran my first half-marathon in March and am training for my next half in September. You have some gorgeous places to run!

Ilona said...

Wow, you actually ran 5 km in 25 minutes? That's really fast! I only started running a couple of years ago and I think my first 5 km run was closer to 40 minutes (even though I was already doing other sports before that). And I'm still nowhere near running 12 km/h... So you're doing amazingly!

esme and the laneway said...

‪bespokehome‬ : thanks! I SO recommend it, I sound a bit wide-eyed-enthused about it, but it worked. On me! :O :D Running shoes are THE most important thing, I think, outfit wise. Essential! I need to update my runners pretty soon and I'll definitely post about it :)



‪Vickie‬ : thanks! And well done for getting out of bed early – that is SO impressive, I'm yet to manage a sunrise outing! So true about being outdoors :) Maybe it can be my next goal, on a sunny morning!



‪Laura‬ : haha I was exactly the same! Mostly my scenery is boring old suburbia but it could be worse... it's not a car park..!



‪Sarah‬ : thanks! It sounds really far to me, too. Seriously, I am the last person who I thought could ever even run 1km, so... you can do it!


‪elke‬ : haha blerg a bit of fresh air sounds like a good thing! :D



‪Jessica Cangiano‬ : thank you <3



‪Teresa‬ : thanks so much T! <3



‪Tiffany‬ : a half marathon?! Wow, congratulations, that's amazing! :D That's very inspiring!



‪Ilona‬ : I did 5.35 in 35 mins and that included 10 mins of walking (5 min warm up, 5 min cool down) and had an average running pace of 05.55min/km but I don't know what's fast or slow, but I am on the slow side! That was fast for me, too! :D

April said...

I just started running this year and I would like to say YES to a running outfit posts please!!

Also, have you heard of the running app Zombies, Run? it's what got me running, it's loads of fun! you should give it a shot! :)

April said...

I started running this year so I would like to say YES to running outfit posts please!

Also, have you heard of the running app called Zombies, Run? It's what got me running in the first place and it's loads of fun! you should check it out :)

esme and the laneway said...

April : ok, will do them! :D I've heard of the zombie one and it sounds pretty fun – now I can run a little bit I should check it out! Running in silence like I am now is no fun :)

Bea W. said...

I think a goal keeps you focused and interested. Whatever the goal might be....faster, longer... Whatever you do, you're doing something amazing for yourself. It's kind of addictive. But in a good way.

esme and the laneway said...

Bea W: it's so true, it really is addictive but I know it's a good thing. And true about goals, too – I think I want to do longer but I'll need some songs on my iPhone for that :D

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