So last night, I finally got to run in my new shoes. I loaded my NHS Choices Couch to 5k podcast (while forgetting how to use my pedometer app. Sigh.) and went out for a run at 10:30 last night.
It felt SO good. It's amazing the difference between now and when I tried this months ago. I remember the feeling of my heart trying to explode; Getting so frustrated halfway through. I remember attempting to repeat week one, without much hope of being able to progress.
This time, though, it was totally different. My cardio endurance is much better, and my new shoes made such a big difference. I blew through the intervals with little issue. I was getting tired by the time I hit the 8th 1 minute run, but seriously? 60 seconds is nothing. I've run as much as 5 minutes before, and usually do 2 minutes at a time in boot camp at the gym (granted, that's on the treadmill, but I do always use an incline.)
It felt so much different now, and I feel GOOD. Good enough that I *want* to run tonight, but I know better. ;)
My shins did ache a little bit... but not enough to cause real discomfort. I think that's residual bad form. I need to find my Chi Running book, and do the exercises, and get with Papamikie on improving that. I caught myself heel striking a lot.
So. C25KD1: 2.28 miles, 35 minutes. I could have kept going, but I'm trying to stick to the program so I don't overdo it. I get enough cardio at the gym that I don't have to push myself on my runs.
I'm also thinking of doing one run per week in my barefoot shoes, and seeing how that goes.
I've also decided to take my running shoes to the gym with me, since when we run in Boot Camp, it's hard on my shins because my cross trainers SUCK for running, and I don't want to injure myself sprinting in class!
Also: I need to enter this into my training journal that I got from Runner's World. Yes, I'm officially a subscriber. So I'm a subscriber to a running magazine, I'm on a training plan for a 5k, and I spent $100 on shoes for running at a specialty store... am I a runner yet?