After a wonderful visit with my beautiful grandkids for a week of our city's annual celebration, I discovered something I had long been burying. I want to run. Point of fact, I want to be a runner, someone that can run in a 5K and actually enjoy it. Why did this visit spawn my new found desire to hit the road? Because while they were here they participated in the annual city 5K run along with my 57 year old husband (who is freakishly fit and strong) and my 24 year old daughter. I had wanted to run in it, but, knowing my physical condition I wouldn't have done more than walk, and I was so envious of the fun they all had. I knew it was something I needed to prepare for, so, my year of training began with a goal and a plan. I dashed over to pinterest and pinned everything I could find of begging running tips, foods for runners, and training regimens.
The street where I live is winding, mostly level, and very scenic. It's also a popular road for running, biking, walking, and if it snows enough, cross country skiing. Everyday, all day and into the dark hours there are joggers, and runners, passing by my front yard looking fit, and lean. That's a hard thing to see when you are 20 pounds overweight, okay, I was 30 pounds overweight but I lot 10 pounds just trying to eat healthier. Getting rid of that 20 pounds is a serious goal of mine, but, instead of just dieting and trying to fit some kind of exercise in, I am determined to start running to lose it, and to hopefully run in a 5K this coming Spring.
I guess the hardest thing about having a goal to run in a 5K is sticking with it. I'm not famous for keeping up with an exercise routine, hence the 20 pounds I carry around to remind me. With all the best intentions I make grand plans, buy equipment, download programs, link to websites, and stock the fridge with healthy food and the cupboard with protein powder and granola. For a while I do great, but, inevitably I start making choices to eat what I know I shouldn't, or instead of exercising today, maybe I will do it tomorrow and justify it all with, hey, I'm tired, I work hard, I deserve a break.
It's a continual pattern. How do I break it. How do I stick with it this time? I don't know.
So, here I go again, with my running shoes, moisture wicking socks, breathable shirt and jogging shorts, sports bra, and of course, a playlist on my ipod. So far I have pretty much stuck to my beginner routine three days a week for the past few weeks, except of course for the three days I was away on a business trip, and although I promised myself to use the hotel treadmill, I didn't. Not a good sign, but, I am back on track, and we'll see how it all goes.
I didn't want to start off to strong, a recipe for disaster, so I am mostly cardio walking with intervals of jogging that last at least one minute, and intervals of walking for three minutes. I begin with a five minute warm up and then finish with a five minute cool down. I try to do at least three sets of the run/walk intervals, but, am working up to five sets. I feel great afterwards, but, during I do get some shin pain. Nothing horrible. Just kind of achy, probably will go away as my legs get stronger. For now I am not focusing on distance or speed, just doing the intervals.
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