It has taken me about 4 months to complete this 5-week program, mostly due to troubles with shin-splints that I haven't been entirely able to conquer forcing me to take long breathers in between training days. Because of the shin-splints, I ended up walking the first 5K that I did. This took me 57 minutes. Partly because of the shin splints/walking thing, and partly because of an incident with my walking partner (My part-border-collie, Shadow, who had a bad meet up with another dog and ended up pulling me over on my face.) Usually, Shadow is a fairly sensible, well-behaved dog, who is a great walking partner. That day, not so much.
After the incident, we did proceed. I decided that from where we were, I would only save a few minutes by cutting my race short and returning home, so I continued kind of scraped up and bleeding, and I was glad I did because it gave me a feeling of accomplishment, although I was disappointed in my time. That was the Halloween race event on Sparks People.
I actually hit my fastest training times in November, but after my highest time (2.1 miles in 29:28, I really needed to slow down for the shin-splints. In December, I was doing some pretty good times again, so I mapped out a different route that didn't take me past the area where there were so many dogs (all the barking dogs had Shadow quite keyed up by the time we met the dog mentioned in the incident--not to mention two dogs in a pick-up that barked at him pretty viciously--I think I would have been pretty keyed up by then too--if I were a dog.) Yes, Shadow did come with me again, and this time we made 45:30 or something close to that. I was quite pleased we my progress, even though I am doing my intervals more by how my body is feeling than by the clock times suggested in the training program. (I run until I feel out of breath and that my heart is really pumping, then I do an interval of walking until I feel up to running again.)
Since I recorded by last interval today, I am starting over. I am not feeling quite ready to proceed to a full run training, so I am just repeating this again. I am still having some issues with shin splints, but I notice that they usually bother me the worst right as we get started, and then seem to bother me a lot less. I am doing a lot of cross-training walking and also some strength training when I don't feel up to running. I think I need to add some consistent icing and better stretching. I have tried the stretches for runners video a couple of times that is on this site. I would probably benefit from making sure that I do it every time before I move out the door.
One of my resolutions this year is to shoot for a virtual 5K every month. As I get better at it, I will probably throw in a couple of 10Ks instead sometimes. I would also like to try a few actual races with other people involved.
Edited by: LARKSONGRUTH at: 1/7/2012 (16:29)
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