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week 1 of running complete

Friday, January 17, 2014

So my first week of couch to 5K training is officially complete, and honestly, I am very happy about that! LOL. There is no way I will finish the program in the 8 week time frame. I am thinking next week I will try doing this week again. I need to build my endurance and work on being able to up the interval times. For anyone reading that isn't familiar with this program, its designed to get you from the couch (as in a non runner) to running a full 5K in 8 weeks. Week one is 5 minute warm up, and then you alternate 60 seconds running, 90 seconds walking, and then you have a 5 minute cool down. Honestly the running/walking part wouldn't be so bad, don't get me wrong I am working up a sweat and breathing heavy! But my shin splints are killing me. I bought some compression socks per recommendation and they have helped a little... I am trying the stretches for Shin splints, and I am afraid that I just have to wait for them to heal before I can continue running... but I don't want to. I don't want to give in. I know I can replace my running with a good bike ride, or something along those lines... but I am actually proud that I am running! I have never run, just to run! I am working with a friend who is a trainer and she said that if I push through it I could actually do more damage and that is NOT what I wanted to hear. This is a huge accomplishment for me, to have stayed on track this week with my workouts and eating well. I can HONESTLY say I did not eat one single thing that wasn't planned, and wasn't tracked. I didn't give in to cravings, or say "Its just this one thing, this one time." I have planned all week and really stuck to my goals. As I am counting down the days (Its a 30 day "active" Challenge) I am excited to see that I am getting closer to my first goal, and my first weigh in! This weekend my plans are to go on a hike with my family and to ride my bike. If my shin splints are too bad, then I will forego the hike and ride my bike both days. Its a lower impact cardio workout and its fun! Plus it keeps me moving. I am only focusing on small goals at a time, and trying to remember that I cant think about "forever." I have to think about the here and the now, and remind myself that I don't have to be deprived, I don't have to kill myself... I just need to push myself and make healthy choices. Its a journey not a race. emoticon
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SHEAQUILTER1 1/20/2014 2:33AM

  I experience the same thing when doing the couch to 5 k- I thought they would never go away. I still experience them when I run outside but the treadmill definitely makes building endurance easier. Make sure you get good shoes with lots of cushion that will help as well and stretch especially after you run. Don't be discouraged it does get better. I ran my first 5k last August and it was so personally rewarding to accomplish that goal. I don't run them regularly but I do run a couple of miles a night for exercise. I have signed up for one on March 3rd so i am getting back into the routine of running longer distances. Good luck and stay persistent you will see the rewards!

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