Monday, March 21, 2011
Okay. I finished with the race tips. It's kind of audacious of me to post a training tip because my training was, at best, hit and miss. I read a poster that said there was a 5K road race for people over 50 and I said to myself I wonder if I can do that. I'd been walking, swimming, biking, and lots of elliptical for several years. Occasionally I'd break out in a run for a few steps just because I felt like it. But with about 6 weeks to go to the race I stepped on the treadmill just to see if I could run 3.1 miles and I did it without much trouble. (A few years ago I had asked my doctor about running and she said it would be fine for me as long as I trained. At the time I explained to her I just wanted to incorporate a few running steps and she said no problem.)
So I entered the race. I know here on SparkPeople there are good couch to 5K programs. A lot of them are run/walk programs. I should have started earlier and used one, I suspect. But instead I ran outside once a week and ran on my treadmill once a week for the 6 weeks and that was my training.
I intend to go to the book store this Saturday and buy probably two running books. I intend to find a training program to actually follow.
Now, I promised a training tip. This one is very obvious, but I needed to think it through to do it right. When I run on the treadmill to see what my 5K time is I need to separate my warm up from my run. I was getting really poor times on the treadmill and then I realized my 5 minute warm up was really bringing down my time. So now I warm up and then start the treadmill again and run my 3.1 miles. I note my time and then continue for the cool down.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Hey: 1,2,3,4, 4.5, 6!! I skipped 5. Oh, well. Here's my last one for now.
My tip is don't flop!
5a. I wish I'd gotten my glasses adjusted before the race. My grandkids knock and pull on my glasses all the time and my glasses tend to slide down my nose. Next time I'll get them tightened before a race. It was a minor distraction.
5b. My wrist watch is a little too big now that I've lost weight. It doesn't bother me until I'm running. Then it flops up and down on my arm. I'm going to look for a new watch with that fits better.
5c. My Moving Comfort bra was just great. No flopping there!
5d. My running capris have a hidden pocket so I could tuck my car key and a copy of my driver's license with emergency phone number in it. No flopping there!
5e. I ran to my MP3 player. I had a free download, Bouncy House, set on repeat. I think it helped me except right at the half way mark of the race. My ear buds fell out and I had to replace them a couple times before I got them reset securely. I noticed that most of the runners did not have music. So this is only half a tip, because I can tell you it is a problem, but I don't have the solution. I thought about putting a sweat band over the ears/ear buds but I think it would look kind of stupid. Maybe one of my SparkFriends has an idea for running music.
So when you run, be on the look out for anything that can flop, tie it down or eliminate it!!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Here's my last tip about feet, unless of course, I think up another one!
My feet have not been biggest asset. I wore corrective shoes as a kid. I have big bunions and have been diagnosed with a Morton's neuroma. When I was fitted for my shoes, enough width in the front was essential to accomodate the bunions. But basically, these are problems I can ignore.
One foot problem I could not ignore is callouses. Some of you who have been reading my blogs for a long time may remember I had problems with cracking, bleeding callouses on my feet that were interfering with my exercise, even walking. I tried lots of different creams and approaches. The callouses are not gone, but they are much smaller. They no longer crack and bleed. Of everythng I tried, olive oil and pumice stone have helped the most. I rub on a generous amount of olive oil at night and immediately put on socks before bed. The pumice stone I use at least weekly to reduce and smooth the callouses. I bought the pumice at WalMart for less than $3 and it works better than some more expensive ones I tried.
My readers probably don't have this particular challenge. However, everyone has something. Don't let excuses interfere with your training. Many challenges can be overcome.
Friday, March 18, 2011
I'm still focused on the feet today, but of course, good feet are obviously essential to running. Here's kind of two tips in one.
When I went to the fancy-shmancy running store and had my stride evaluated, they recommended not only the pair of shoes I bought, but a pair of socks. I had never heard of wicking socks. I did not know that cotton socks can cause blisters, but now I know. I bought a pair of Bolega socks as recommended. They do seem cooler and comfy. At $10 a pop, though, I still only have one pair. (I saw them online for $8.95 but by the time you pay shipping might as well buy local.)
The second tip may or may not be helpful. But the shoes I bought were priced at $100. They were on sale for $80. The fact that they were on sale was not even a factor in my selection. Of the three pair the salesman recommended for me they were the only comfortable pair. I have a high arch. The salesman would have sold me inserts for $60, but with the pair of shoes I selected, I didn't need them. My daughter also bought a pair of shoes at the same running store. Although she paid full price, they threw in a pair of Bolega socks in her deal. So, you may not have to pay full price even at the specialty store.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
While I continue to savor my success, I'm sharing what I learned during my first 5K race.
Third tip: Double knot your shoe strings. I learned this one the hard way during a training run!!
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