One Week Down

Well I’ve finished week one and so far I am very pleased with my progress.

An interesting fact: This week I bought some pepper spray.

My husband and I happened to be at the mall Friday night and we passed by Sports Authority and they were having their clearance event so we decided to go in. I knew the store sold pepper spray so I thought I’d see if they had any on clearance. They didn’t, but I bought some anyway. You can also get it at Walmart and other online stores. has a great deal right now on mace. It’s almost exactly the same as what I bought at the store except it’s pink instead of red. I paid $13 for mine and on Amazon it’s only $5.05 (originally $18.95)! I definitely wish I would have shopped around a little more before buying it! Click the link below to buy it.

When shopping for pepper spray, It’s hard to know what will be the most effective kind of pepper spray to buy and what will be easiest to use. It’s not like you can test them out in the store! I found this video comparing several different kinds of pepper spray. It’s kind of long, but worth the watch before buying something.

I definitely feel much safer running with my pepper spray, especially when I run after dark. I actually hold it in my hand while running so that if there ever is an emergency it’s ready to go and I don’t have to fumble around in my pocket for anything. Remember to be safe while running!

Days to Marathon: 321

Already Easier

I have to say this workout went so much better than the first one! It is very encouraging to know that things get so much easier so quickly! (However, keep in mind that other factors such as age and weight may make it more difficult for you.) After my first workout I was interested in finding ways to make running easier so I could run faster and longer. I found this great video online and used it as a reference from which to improve my form. Let me tell you, it makes it SO MUCH EASIER! I wish I had watched this before my first workout!

Here is another good reference about running form. It summarizes some of the concepts from the video.

It’s amazing how a few small changes in posture can transform your run from a painful struggle to an invigorating exercise!

Aside from the changes in posture, I think the biggest change I made that helped the most was my change in pace. I decided to take it nice and slow this time and I found that I was still able to cover the same distance, but this time when I was finished my breathing was steady and I didn’t have much pain to deal with. Also, I wasn’t nearly as sore the next day! After the first workout my shins were so sore! I think it was because my feet were hitting the ground too hard (which is a result of poor form). And the icing on top of everything was how great I felt afterward! It was awesome! Now this is the sort of thing I can keep up!

Food: Frozen Pizza (We all do it)

Music: Domino – Jessie J (Great running song!)

Time: 19 mins

Distance: 1.2 Miles