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Running is the enemy but a 5k is a GREAT idea!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Really? What was I thinking? Oh I don't know maybe something like you can do it, you ran a mile before. Yeah in eighth grade! Well it's just two more miles. I plan on doing the Color Run this summer. One small caveat. I hate running. It's not like I have to run the whole thing so I could walk/run/jog but it's not called the Color Walk/run/jog. Doesn't roll off the tongue quite as well.

There's a reason I don't like running. All the pressure it puts on your joints and all my old injuries scare the bejeezus out of me. Last time I tried to run nearly broke my ankle. No joke. Also I'm the most insecure, self-conscious person you'll ever meet. I hate trying to run because I get nothing but grief from my mom. Yes I know, I know, block her out or whatever. But it takes so much strength to do that and I'm easily defeated.

I've been told I run like a T-rex. That's right like a dinosaur. I've got long legs but I take short steps. Accompanying those long legs come long arms as per the body type. I just don't run like a normal human being. Oh no, can't have that. I run with my arms tucked in at my sides so that my hands are the only thing flapping around. As if that will do something. Only thing it does it makes me look like a fool. But with my dinosaur like running skills and my feeble attempts to run like a person, I decide that a 5k is a good idea. Yeah. But what I lack in emoticon I make up for in emoticon . I don't think there's a sarcasm face so this will have to do emoticon. The frightening thing is I still plan on doing it. I'm just gonna make myself sick worrying over it.

I'm sorry this is such a whiny entry but I had to tell someone. Might as well be a lot of someones.

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    I also dislike running, but it's growing on me. I'm currently doing the Couch to 5k program, and it's easing me into running and training my body to be able to run.

    You have plenty of time to train and condition. You can SO do this:)

    1959 days ago
  • SUE5007
    There will be so many people of different shapes, sized and fitness levels there you will just blend into the crowd. I promise. Try browsing for beginners tips on getting started running. There will be people who run the first half mile, then stop and walk. Walking a 5k is still "doing a 5k".
    It's good that you take smaller steps. If your stride is too big, and you're hitting the ground on the outside of your heel it can give you shin splints. You need to hit the ground more forward on your foot between your heel and mid-foot so that your joints can act like a shock absorber.
    Also, run slowly. It will really feel like you are barely jogging, but it you're not walking then you're running no matter the speed. If you need to walk, then walk. Once you are comfortable with your pace, work at either getting faster during your running intervals, or try extending the running intervals for longer periods of time. But start slow.
    When I first started running I iced one or both of my knees after every jog/walk for at least two weeks straight. They would feel a little sore afterwards so I would ice them just in case. Turn your T-Rex-ness into a positive. Be a lean, mean, jogging machine!
    Good luck! The color run should be so much fun...maybe you'll inspire some others to do it with you!
    1959 days ago
    You have months to train for the thing so break it down a little bit. It's a great goal and it's awesome you've comitted yourself to a specific timeline to accomplish it, but if you look at the whole thing at one time, it's overwhelming. So what you run like a t-rex? So what you're mother has something to say? I guarentee nobody has every looked at another person running a 5K and thought to themselves "wow, that person's run is really studpid!" Runners are a supportive group!

    It's awesome that you're commiting to something that kinda intimidates you a little bit. It's how we learn what we're made of. Enjoy training and enjoy learning about yourself in the process because by the end of it, you'll know for a fact that you can do more than you ever thought possible! Run t-rex Run! emoticon
    1960 days ago
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