Hello, friends! I am currently in the midst of North Carolina and there’s not much time to think about blogging. Thankfully, I have another awesome guest post to share, this time from another vegan runner! Thanks Bianca, for sharing your story 🙂
Hello. I’m Bianca — vegan, aspiring cookbook author, and the blogger behind Vegan Crunk. Sarah asked me to fill in for a day while she’s away.
On my Vegan Crunk blog, I typically stick to posts and food porn pics from my upcoming Southern vegan cookbook or from recipes I’ve made from my large collection of other people’s published vegan volumes (I’m a big cookbook hoarder!).
I rarely post about fitness goals or routines, though I hit up the gym five days a week.
Since I’ve been following Sarah’s blog, I’ve been inspired to push my workouts even further — namely to start running. A couple of months ago, I wouldn’t even dream of moving my feet faster than a brisk walk. The few times I’d tried jogging, I was out of breath within seconds.
I wouldn’t have considered myself out of shape by any means. For the past several years, I’ve taken weekly spinning, Zumba, boxing, and cardio aerobics classes with no problems. For some reason though, I simply could not run.
I’d almost resigned myself to never, ever running, but I can’t stand to fail at anything. I’ve always believed I can do anything I set my mind to, so I set a crazy goal: by this fall, I will run (even if it’s only part of the way) in Memphis’ annual St. Jude Half-Marathon (which raises money for children’s cancer research).
My friend Lindsey sent me the running program she uses, which starts you out with a little running time, then a little walking time, some more running time, and so on for 30 minutes. As you improve, you move up to increasing running time and decreasing walking time.
Here’s the program:
- First step: 2 min. running/4 min. walking (repeat 5x)
- Second step: 3 min. running/3 min. walking (5x)
- Third step: 5 min. running/2.5 min. walking (4x)
- Fourth Step: 7 min. running /3 min. walking (3x)
- Five Step: 8 min. running /2 min. walking (3x)
- Sixth Step: 9 min. running/2 min. walking/8 min. running./2 min. walking/9 min. running (1x)
- Seventh Stop: 9 min. running/1 min. walking (3x)
- Eighth Step: 13 min. running/2 min. walking (2x)
- Ninth Step: 14 min. running/1 min. walking (2x)
- Tenth Step: 30 min running!
So far, I’m on Step Three, and though it may not seem like much, running for five minutes straight is a big deal for me. You can go through one step per week if you choose, but I’m taking my time.
I’m aiming to do each one at least 10 times before moving on, but those running sessions are peppered in between my regular boxing, Pilates, and spinning classes. At that rate, it’s taken me about one month per step.
Hope this program helps any aspiring runners out there! See ya on the running track!
I am so thrilled for Bianca and I know she will be able to meet her goal. I used a program nearly identical to this one back in September 2007 and here I am training for my second half marathon. I never thought I would be a runner either, so those of you who want to run, give it a shot!