Couch to 5K
Sunday, July 27, 2014
This may be a longer entry. Today was Week 3 day 1, and I nailed it.
During week 2 I began having some joint issues, and shin splints showed up in my left leg. I found a fabulous exercise for correcting shin splints, did it for 2 days, twice a day, and this mornings run I had NO shin splints. One problem solved. My knee has also been twinging, so I began a squat challenge which I do after I finish my run for the day.
HERE's the link to the shin splint exercise I found. gizmodo.com/5902699/bani
So, week 3 is going well. Its the start of 3-minute runs, and I can do it! The shin exercise I'm doing has made me much more conscious of how my feet hit the ground when I run. I also do my best not to "bounce" my body fat. I figure if I'm doing that, I'm not running right. In other words, too much up and down motion, and not enough forward motion. Granted I'm doing a slow jog most of the time, and I'm focusing on improving my form now so that when I'm running faster it just flows naturally.
Into two days of squats, I think my knee is better too!
One goal is to run a 5K in December. That used to be a huge one when I started 3 weeks ago. I have been researching upcoming 5K races and there is at least one each month until December. Now I'm thinking I'll start them early to take the stress off, and work on improving my time each month, so September would be my first race, which falls at the end of week 9. This would give me a baseline time to beat in the future, and a shorter term goal to shoot for!