After being inspired to run after a recent 5k with co-workers and then experiencing leg pain on a treadmill 5k, I went on an unsuccessful search for a book or information on running form, strength training and conditioning. I needed help if I wanted to better my time and to really be able to run
About a couple weeks ago I happened upon a 5k running class for all fitness and running levels/abilities that was starting in two days. It wasn't too far away. It was a time of day I could manage. The price was right. At 2x/wk for 6 wks, the duration/frequency was something I could commit to finishing even if I hated it. Even better - it started so soon that I didn't have time to talk myself out of it (the negative stuff like: I'm not good enough for this - I'm too busy - what if work gets in the way - I probably won't fit in - I'm too slow - what if my knee/leg pain puts a halt to this).
Participants were a mix of women mostly in the late 30-early 50s
Guest speaker talked about weight loss ( concepts similar to Spark). Somewhat uninteresting but I considered it good marinating time.
Finally...jogged to a park for warm-up and then moved to walking or running depending on level
Running on paved trails (where's the dirt?). I was able to "run" or jog most the time
My legs felt good (my foot hurt but I think that's my new norm)
I got a few pointers on form and learned I am doing pretty good (with room for improvement)
I also cannot lie - it felt good not to be the slowest of the group
Participants were some from Class 1 and some intimidating-look runner-women
I was sore from the night before and still able to run quite a bit
This time I was in the back of the runner group and again I was mostly on my own
This time on partial paved trails and some "off road"
And better yet some good hills! (I love my hills)
Class 3 (6 days after Class 2)
Third class was NOT charm
I felt defeated. My leg hurt so bad.
All but the slowest walkers were ahead of me. I know I'm not supposed to compare, but...
I questioned signing up for this class. I was alone and again and felt more alone because of the pain
The coach was encouraging. She said late to help me with some ST moves and form changes to help.
She also gave me a number for a PT (who was the day 1 guest speaker) who works with her running groups. He does free 10-15 minute "triage" checks. (appointment tomorrow)
The coach also thought my newish shoes were pushing my foot out and putting pressure on my IT band
The next day while looking at my log I discovered that I've been wearing these shoes each time I've had the bad leg/knee pain.
I was able to exchange them for another pair that I'll start to try out later on the last day of the exchange period. Whew - that was close.
First time on real trails!
Coach said I would be walking until the source of my pain was sorted out (maybe I'll get good news tomorrow?)
I walked fast and felt good!
I love being on the trails! Moving through the trees on soft and winding trails - so good for my soul
It was hot and humid but I was moving fast enough to feel reasonably comfortable.
I actually loved the sweaty-salty-mild pain feeling when it was done (I don't know what has happened to me).
I enjoyed this class even though I wasn't running and was alone again
This time I passed a lot of the beginner runners. I know, I shouldn't enjoy that, but I do. I passed many on hills and I really love that. I talked to them as they huffed and puffed. I know...
I don't think many of them are used to the uneven terrain and that makes a big difference.
They'll get strong fast and blaze past me soon enough.
I'm also not connected to most of them. They are in little packs and it's hard to be the single girl.
But this helps me keep it my race or pace and I don't have to keep up or slow down for anyone.
So I'm happy about this overall. The worst is that I have a really hard time settling down and sleeping when I go to bed. I assume this will level out. It's hard because I have a big commute the day after the classes and I need to go to bed early to get up early. Oh well.
Four classes down and eight to go. That makes it seem like I'm almost done which made me sad. Maybe this will be good for me for a little while.