Monday, June 08, 2009
My SparkFriends have encouraged me to blog about my first 5K (plus, my training buddy, KarinHanse, just did her "First 5K" blog, and I'm feeling competitive!), so here goes:
Karin and I signed up to do a lightly-attended, no-pressure kind of 5K last Saturday. Last week was not a great week for training -- I only did one elliptical session and kettlebells ( my son had 3 nights of baseball, and I was feeling kind of "blah" and off my fitness routine) so I just thought, "Well, we will just give it a whack and see what happens."
Karin and I had been reading about the interval training of running x minutes, then walking x. We decided on a ratio of 4 (run) and 2 (walk), and that's what we followed, pretty much. Karin's walking speed is faster than mine (I have to jog just to keep up with her walking!) so naturally she got ahead of me -- which was good! I wouldn't have had the wind to talk with her anyway! ;-)
Once I settled into the rhythm of the 4 / 2 combo, I felt like I could definitely finish. I wasn't totally out of gas when I finished, either -- I am more used to the 10K distance, so I must have been inadvertantly "saving" some of my energy.
Now can we talk about the negatives? Hip soreness. Oh, and HIP SORENESS! Inner thighs weren't real happy, either. But my feet and knees did fine - and I was more worried about them, actually.
Another negative was that, according to my heart monitor, I didn't burn as many calories running as I do on the elliptical! Dang. For that reason, and the reason of the running-caused joint soreness, I might stick to the elliptical for "running" (cardio zone training) and keep powerwalking 10Ks. Before I decide for sure, though, I want to do more interval training "on the road" (that is, running), and I want to enter a few more 5Ks to see if I can get my time down from 37+ minutes.
My 5K experience has reminded me also of the need to STRETCH - i.e., maintain flexibility. So I am determined to add some yoga and stretching back into the exercise schedule. I think this is what I'm going to try to do weekly:
Monday: noon BodyFlow workout (kind of like yoga - for flexibility and balance)
Tuesday: a.m. elliptical (45 min.) in Zones 3 and 4
Wednesday: a.m. "run" (4 min. jog, 2 walk) with dog - we'll see if she can keep up!
Wednesday noon: upper body weights and calesthenics/stretching
Thursday: a.m. elliptical (45 min.) in Zones 3 and 4
Friday: kettlebells (incorporates cardio - I log it as circuit training)
Saturday: walk with Karin or if she blows me off, do Fitness Yoga at the Y
Sunday: crash Karin's party to provide garden critique; leisurely bike ride or geocaching with Jeffrey
Several evenings I will also be doing yard work to get ready for Jeffrey's baseball party -- so I'll be working hard.