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Couch to 5K, Week One Day One

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yesterday, my physical therapist said that I was doing GREAT, and that it would be okay for me to start the C25K program. He did say though, that I should do each week twice and not try to go to fast. I was kind of disappointed by that, but then today I tried the first session, and I am now thinking that was great advice. LOL

I used one of the podcasts by Carli at runningintoshape.com and enjoyed the music, though I wasn't familiar with about half of it. I think I ran the first three times, then walked through the fourth run (but walked really fast), then did about half of the fifth run, and then pushed through the sixth run. I figure that's not too bad for my first try!

During the cool down phase, I kept walking at a moderate pace, then kept on a little quicker until I was up to a total of 35 minutes, then did a cool down of my own for another 5 minutes. (I like to do the 40 minutes to get in 2 miles).

The whole time today though, I was having this major "wardrobe" malfunction--my shoes are too tight in the toes, and my poor little toes keep going to sleep around the 5-minute mark, and cramping as they wake up. Toward the back of the shoe, however, they are much looser, and the laces are really weird. If I lace them all the way up, there isn't enough lace left for a bow, and if I skip the top one, they are too loose around the ankle (while still strangling my toes) and the laces keep coming untied!

These shoes are Nike Air Cross-Trainers, and I thought I had really run across an amazing bargain when I picked them up at a Goodwill Thrift shop for about $7.50. They are my size, so I tried them on and they did seem snug, but I know you want strong support for running and walking, and I figured they would stretch out as I used them. So far, no dice.

My older shoes (Skechers D-Lites) are very comfy, but I think they are too loose, because I get blisters from my feet rubbing around in them. I have a third pair of those Fila toner shoes, and they are also very comfortable, but there is one seam on the inside of the right foot that is rubbing my little toe practically off, no matter what kind of special blister-avoiding socks I wear.

I just don't have money to go out and buy a pair of decent shoes (most are in the $60-$100+ range, even at the discount shoe store!), so I don't know what to do. I guess for now, I'll just keep switching the pairs so different things are getting sore each time.

So, even though my shoes were too tight and my toes were all going to sleep, and my right shoe kept coming untied, I didn't do too badly. I didn't really expect to make it through the first time, so I think it was a good compromise to walk very fast instead of run for some of the running parts. Besides, my goal is to eventually finish a 5K, not necessarily run it.

It'll get better.
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    Great to hear you are starting the C25K. I love that program and use it every year to get back in shape after the winter. (Yes, I am a fair weather runner. I hate the cold and snow). I do hope the shoe issue doesn't cause you to stop. It is really important to find a pair that gives you support and fits right. Good luck in your search.
    2520 days ago
    I got my shoes for about $10 at WalMart--they are men's "Starters" and they were on clearance. I imagine there might be better shoes out there, and the last pair of toning shoes I bought for about the same price from the same place wore out in less than a year, but if I buy them this cheap, I guess I can afford shoes that don't last as long...

    And yeah, getting to that finish line feels really cool, no matter how you get there! You can do it!
    2525 days ago
    Good job for starting the C25k! Sorry about your shoes. I have a pair of Nikes and Sketchers DLites too, lol. I hope you can find another pair that fits better at a secondhand store eventually, because good fitting shoes is pretty important!
    2526 days ago
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