Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Sunday marked my one-year anniversary as a runner. October 2, 2010 I struggled through C25K wondering just when those running intervals would be over. October 2, 2011 I'm training for my second half marathon (and am, unfortunately, injured!).
In the past year, I've:
Run six 5K races
Run one 10K race
Run a 10-mile race
Run one half marathon
As I mentioned, I'm training for a second half marathon, the Hershey Half in Hershey, PA. On my 11-mile training run on Sunday, I had debilitating knee pain and had to cut my run to a walk/run at mile 7 and finished with 10 miles. All symptoms indicate IT band syndrome, for which I've ordered a foam roller and a knee band. I'm resting, but will attempt the Hershey Half since I've paid for it already.
I may try running with minimalist shoes to avoid knee pain in the future and will definitely be running in the middle of the road when possible. My knee pain is on my left side, consistent with side of the (sloping) road running.
At any rate, don't let the injury scare you. Be inspired by the fact that it is possible for a sedentary (by choice - not by necessity) person to become a real runner. I've run in the cold and in the rain and in pretty bad heat and humidity (the 10-mile race!).
If you're thinking of starting Couch to 5K or another running program, do it! Take it slow, run on flat surfaces (not sloping roads!), and have fun. Be proud of finishing races; it helps keep you motivated!