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There are oodles of sites that post upcoming 5ks. Active.com, runningtheusa, coolrunning.com, racewire...just Google it! I just put in 5ks in California and came across this site - entered 5k and April in the search field and got this:
Might take a little bit of research, but just a half dozen clicks or so!
You sound really motivated - good for you! Make it happen! YOU CAN DO THIS. If you get a moment of weakness and start to doubt yourself - talk yourself out of all those excuses and just remind yourself it's as simple as ONE choice...do it, or don't.
Good luck and keep us posted!!!
I'm closer to my goal today than I was yesterday!
Thank you SO much for the tips and encouragement everyone. I do have a good pair of shoes. Unfortunately there is no dedicated running store in my small city (and I live a 48 hour drive away from any large city!) But the owner of the sports store helped me pick them out and he seemed to know what he was doing.
I ran on the treadmill yesterday. No knee or back pain today. Just general soreness from my strength workout the day before.
My husband really liked the idea of signing up for a 5k to keep me motivated. There aren't any posted here in the Yukon yet, but we plan to take our travel trailer all the way down to coast to southern California this spring so I'm going to look for one in a really cool location and then plan to make it there at the right time.
Anyone know of a cool 5k on the west coast some time in June?
I second the idea of getting your shoes fitted for proper running form - spending 100+ on shoes does not guarantee that they are the proper one for you
Also, if there are any running clinics in your area, look into the cost of joining. They are a great source of info and they make sure you stretch and will give you tips on good running form. Also, it is great that you are only running every other day. I want to try to do some trail running this spring so that I am not running on pavement/cement it may be something else for you to consider.
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Please keep it up and I want to make sure one other point is encouraged especially as you add on your distance. Make sure you are stretching properly post run. When doing longer distances I often feel it in my back. My hamstrigs tend to run very tight which puts a lot of pressre on my back so I have learned (the hard way) to ensure I put in a stretch and stretch my legs, back and hips out after a long run.
Hope it helps!
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I agree with Teach. Get real running shoes.....find a running shoe store and go get fitted. You will save lots of aches and pains with running shoes fit to your feet.
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Good luck with your new running endeavor!
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3 X per week. I've read that is good for the first year. Too many parts of the body must get stronger to handle more days per week. Don't let your ego take over.
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I'll head off to check out your blog in a bit. Just a quick post because I want to get in the shower - as I just GOT IN FROM MY RUN! WooHoo! I would have NEVER said that a year and a half ago. Now, gasp, I can't believe I'm saying this - I actually look forward to them!
It is sort of a love-hate relationship with running. It can be such a chore to get up and get moving, but once you've done it, you feel SO GREAT! Another thing - good for you for getting on the treadmill. I can't stand a treadmill. I've only run outside. (Yet I'm not dealing with the temps you are. It's about 32F out there today. I'm in New England. We have cold days, but I won't go out when it's too cold!)
I think you're very wise to stick to 3 times a week. I've learned from the folks here that it's good to take a day off in between - and important for your muscles. I have to go when my schedule allows, so sometimes that means a Sat and a Sun run, but it's been working for me.
You mentioned the pain in your knees and back. #1 recommendation - if you don't already have them, get REAL running shoes. Not walking shoes, not cross trainers, or anything else. Get sneakers made for running. You will notice a big difference!
If you're looking for a goal - find and register for a 5K asap. Then you're committed to it and are less likely to back out. I started out just that way. Did a 5k about 6 years ago. Then life got in the way - I gained all my weight back and MORE and started back at an all time high about a year and a half ago. I ran a 5k last year - which was the goal I set for myself. To keep myself motivated, I've already registered for two this year and will run a third (sign up when the registration opens).
Lastly, if a woman of my size could get out there and do it - you can to! It's 99% mental! By all means, I am not fast; I'm slow. But I go! And that's all that matters!
Look forward to cheering you on! Off to my shower. Will check out your blog and page in a bit! Welcome and wishing you all the best!
(Love your *&^%ing sense of humor by the way...lol)
I'm closer to my goal today than I was yesterday!
I am new to the social scene here... To be honest I didn't plan on posting anything at all when I signed up. I wrote down a few of my thoughts on my blog just to be able to look back on them myself when I'm further down the road. I didn't think anyone would read them... turns out people did... and encouraged me... and it feels awesome. So I swallowed my reluctance to put myself out there and here I am.
I have wanted to be a runner for a long time. I have started running countless times and never reached a goal I set for myself. Not this time. This time I am focused. This time I am motivated. And this time I will not do it alone. I will do it with all of you.
My first goal is to run 5k, then 10k, then a half marathon. As I live in Canada's (VERY) frozen north, I am starting out on a treadmill. It's -23c (or -9f for my American friends) today. Fairly average for this time of year. However -40c will definitely come back before the winter is over. I will train three times a week to start. I have started with 6 days a week many times before and quit because the pain in my knees and back were a convenient excuse.
So PLEASE encourage me and keep me accountable. I need it. I have told myself I can do it on my own so many times and failed. Maybe because it's easier to quit if you're not letting anyone but yourself down, maybe because I knew I would fail and didn't want to be embarrassed in front of people. Not anymore... I have a new attitude and I want to change on the inside as much as the outside.
So please read my blog, encourage me, give me s%&t (just found out I can't swear on here when I tried to post... that's disappointing;) when I need a push, keep me accountable. I'm done with the "by myself" mentality. I doesn't work for me.