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Couch to 5k... day one!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

So last night, I finally got to run in my new shoes. I loaded my NHS Choices Couch to 5k podcast (while forgetting how to use my pedometer app. Sigh.) and went out for a run at 10:30 last night.

It felt SO good. It's amazing the difference between now and when I tried this months ago. I remember the feeling of my heart trying to explode; Getting so frustrated halfway through. I remember attempting to repeat week one, without much hope of being able to progress.

This time, though, it was totally different. My cardio endurance is much better, and my new shoes made such a big difference. I blew through the intervals with little issue. I was getting tired by the time I hit the 8th 1 minute run, but seriously? 60 seconds is nothing. I've run as much as 5 minutes before, and usually do 2 minutes at a time in boot camp at the gym (granted, that's on the treadmill, but I do always use an incline.)

It felt so much different now, and I feel GOOD. Good enough that I *want* to run tonight, but I know better. ;)

My shins did ache a little bit... but not enough to cause real discomfort. I think that's residual bad form. I need to find my Chi Running book, and do the exercises, and get with Papamikie on improving that. I caught myself heel striking a lot.

So. C25KD1: 2.28 miles, 35 minutes. I could have kept going, but I'm trying to stick to the program so I don't overdo it. I get enough cardio at the gym that I don't have to push myself on my runs.

I'm also thinking of doing one run per week in my barefoot shoes, and seeing how that goes.

I've also decided to take my running shoes to the gym with me, since when we run in Boot Camp, it's hard on my shins because my cross trainers SUCK for running, and I don't want to injure myself sprinting in class!

Also: I need to enter this into my training journal that I got from Runner's World. Yes, I'm officially a subscriber. So I'm a subscriber to a running magazine, I'm on a training plan for a 5k, and I spent $100 on shoes for running at a specialty store... am I a runner yet?

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    Awesome! Good luck with your couch to 5K program. Running is awesome exercise, and I can tell you that if you keep at it, you will be running a 5K in no time.

    It took me over 2 years of run/walking to get to where I am, but now I can go out and breeze (HA!) around the block (nearly 4K) in half an hour. It is nice to just be able to walk out the door and just run!

    2216 days ago
    Excellent - keep it up!
    2218 days ago
    Not yet; I have to look at what's coming up to see. I am doing a 5k in October, but I'm walking that one with my mom. :)
    2218 days ago
    Great job! Remember: Don't go to hard too fast! Increase by 10% each week (or less). Stick to the guide and you'll do fine!

    Are you signed up for a race yet?
    2218 days ago
    Remember when switching you need to go at it gentily. As I have noted else where I would put my regular shoe on the back of my car, run in my flat and switch after .5 km to start and I gradually worked up from there over a period of months before I was running my regular distances.

    Shin pain may be one of two things. Landing too far forward on your foot, more like Pose running, or pushing off with your toe rather than lifting your heels. Gramie Leanna discribe running with heel lifting feels a bit like running backward. Have a look at my vidoe clip and notice how the feet come up and make little circle behind you. You can bring up your cadence if it is slow, and shorten your stride. Also start off creepy slow for the first and perhaps second round of running.
    2218 days ago
    Awesome!! Great job! I do Week 5 Day 2 tomorrow - it is seriously getting grueling! I hear you on the heel strikes - if I do more than 10 in a session, I'm shin splinting up the wazoo. Not fun. I also focus my cardio elsewhere.

    Keep up the awesome work, runner!
    2218 days ago
    Yay for being a runner! It's all how you see yourself...keep up the great work.
    2219 days ago
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    2219 days ago
    I absolutely love this post! You ARE a runner! (and I got a running journal too - ha!)

    Congrats and enjoy the journey!
    2219 days ago
    I haven't done too much training in them yet, but I plan to. Based on that first run, I think they're going to be a valuable tool in my regime.

    And I loved that blog. It's funny how purists are in any situation. Be it writers, runners, any special interest... there will be people who feel Their Way is the holy way!
    2219 days ago
  • QHOPE9
    You sound like a runner to me! :)

    I've heard of the Couch to 5k program, and I've considered doing it. It sounds like a great program. Keep up the great work!
    2219 days ago
    SOund like a runner to me! Enjoy your c25k!
    2219 days ago
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    you look like a runner to me!
    2219 days ago
    Congratulations! Funny, I was going to write you and ask if you liked training in your barefoot shoes because they just went on sale here.
    You might like this post:
    "A runner is one who runs."
    2219 days ago
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