Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Over the past couple weeks, Iíve determined running on the treadmill isnít for me, yet. Thereís something about it that just kills my calf and shin muscles to the point that I canít run very long. Iím sure my form is changed just enough to throw me off that little bit on the treadmill. Today I made the decision that Iím going to have to toughen up and run on the track. I donít like running in front of people, and at my gym the track passes directly in front of a line of ellipticals, bikes, and treadmills. I started my night out by doing 30 minutes on the recumbent bike to warm up, and then I got on the track. I walked in circles for about the first 10 minutes before I decided to start running. Once I got going it was great. I had to learn to relax and not worry about the other people in the gym who might see me. Everyoneís there to get healthy, right? Anyway, Iím glad I overcame another fear and am able to confidently run on the track. I have to get in shape for all the races I have scheduled in the upcoming year somehow!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
A couple weeks ago I commented that it had been in the 30s when I was going for my runs, well that was nothing, considering I think it was in the upper 30s. This morning it was 25 or so when I left the house, 30 when I returned. It was cold, but good! I invested in layers that I was able to wear this morning and other than my legs I didnít feel that cold. Iím going to have to get some warmer running pants if I want to keep running comfortably in the cold.
Just about 4 weeks until the Santa Hustle, itís the weekend before Christmas. Itíll be interesting to see how cold it is and if there will be snow on the ground. Either way Iím looking forward to it!
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Today I had the Jingle Bell Run at the zoo. Overall the run was great. I was a bit worried that my knee might not hold up, as I started having issues with it a couple weeks ago, but I wore my knee strap and I didnít feel any pain throughout the run. I think the toughest part of the run was the hill at the zoo that challenged most runners. We had to do two laps, and the first time through I made it halfway up the hill before I stopped to walk, and the second time around I made it about a quarter of the way up. I also ended up with pain in my side about halfway through the run, which happened at the last run too. Iíve been reading up on it to see how I can prevent it and while I thought it was maybe lack of some sort of nutrient, it sounds like it has more to do with my fitness level and breathing technique. Iím going to try some of the breathing techniques I found out there to see if it helps going forward. One of the things Iíve seen repeatedly is to breath deeply and with a rhythm, such as every time you left foot hits the ground. Weíll see if it works for me!
My next run is in December, the Santa Hustle, but Iím tempted to sign up for a race in between, the end of December is a long ways away. Iíll have to see how the month goes and where my workouts take me. Maybe the extra training time is needed to get me better prepared to get out there.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
When I started running earlier this fall, I donít know that I had intended to enter into races. Sure, they inspired me, and part of what got me going might have been the benefit walks I was doing, but I donít think I ever saw myself as a competitor. Now Iím sitting here wondering if I can train for a half marathon in 6 months. The Door County Half Marathon is May 4th, 2013. All Iíve run so far is a single 5K, my second one is this coming Sunday. My average pace was around 13 min/mi, which isnít great, but itís more than the minimum required to finish. The farthest Iíve run is 4 miles. Part of me says just do that 3 more times, plus a little more and youíve got a half marathon. The other part of me says it gets harder the further you go.
Iím one of those people who believes if other people can do something, so can I. Weíre all human. My plan is to see how far I can run before the end of the year and then decide if Iím going to enter the half marathon, otherwise thereís a 5K option I can enter instead. I wish there was a 10K.
The other thing Iíve been struggling with is knee pain. I think I have runnerís knee, based on all the descriptions I can find. I went back to the gym and started using the strength equipment, so that should help build some muscle to support my knee better, I just hope that does the trick. It is starting to feel better, this is week 3 of the knee pain and I went for a light jog this past weekend, but otherwise have been keeping pressure off of it, just using the stationary bike at the gym for cardio.
I guess Iíll see how the run on Sunday goes, and where the next month takes me.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Iíve been keeping up my training even as the temperatures outside have fallen. The past couple days itís been in the 30ís on my morning runs. I took a couple days off this week since my knee has been bothering me, but was able to get back out there yesterday. I didnít run as fast and as long as I normally would have, but I at least wanted to see if I could keep going. I managed to get outside to run this morning as well, although I could tell my knee was still not quite right.
The Jingle Bell Run is next Sunday, and I want to make sure I can at least participate. Iím not concerned about doing that well, itís just one of those things I signed up for and want to be able to complete. Iím hesitant to see a doctor about my knee, Iíve injured it before, years ago, and they always tell me to ice/heat it, take an anti-inflammatory (Aleve, Ibuprofen, etc), and strengthen my leg muscles. I think Iím going to go back to the gym so I can use the strength training equipment to work on that, as well as with winter coming, I want to start using the track. Iím still going to try to make it outside on days that I can, as I understand road running is much different than running on a track or treadmill indoors.
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