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My Realization: Running out of options

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I got up and walked this morning... before it got hot outside, so I wouldn't have an excuse. On my walk, I was mulling some things over (walks are great for that). I started thinking of my problems with my plan. I don't have a lot of time, with so much work, travel and then trying to fit in time with the hubby... and I love my sleep. So I decided that I could still do this, but I had to kick it up a knotch if I wanted results. I needed to start RUNNING. This from the woman, who is famous for saying "I only run when I'm chased". I'm running out of options though... and this is a necessary step.

Mid-morning- I took the first step, I went shopping for running shoes. I spent an hour and a half looking at and trying them on. There are so many options, and being a novice, I was cautious about making the best decision for me. After trying 3 pairs on repeatedly, I decided on THE ONES and then brought my new workout partner home.

That's just the first step though. The next step was the plan- Couch to 5K for me. I need to work up to running with intervals. It's an 8 wk plan, and if you're not confident with one week, you just repeat it.

Then I looked into strengthening exercises for my shins. I struggle with shin splints and while the right shoes may help with this, there' s never a magic bullet.

Finally, I needed the music to keep me motivated. There are free podcasts with slow/ fast intervals that go along with the Couch to 5K plan. LOVE IT!

When it cooled down outside, I went out for my maiden voyage. Walked 5 min, stretched a bit, and then started the intervals. The shins splints were back at interval #2. Now understand, I'm only running 30 to 45 seconds between 90 to 120 second walks. Stretched some more and kept going, with a bit more recovery time (walking) in between running bursts. I continued this for 6 run intervals and then walked home, as my shins had had it. Lastly, I refueled with milk- I little fat and protein to help with recovery.

Feeling good about the day! It's a long process, but now I have the tools. I just have to keep after it, and JUST DO IT!

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    MADCOWZZ: I have! My neighbor, the marathoner - that crazy lady - talked me and DH into doing this: www.warriordash.com !

    Yup, DH's and my first 5k, and first race of any kind, will be a crazy obstacle course. LOL!! But, we have about 30 people in our group already and its really more about the fun than about the finish time. So even if I don't "run" the whole thing, I'll be happy just to finish in one piece! My best friend and my brother are also going to do it with us. : )

    Oh! Remembered something else about Shin Splints last night. Neighbor mentioned that those usually happen when you are either going too fast, or too long, or both. So start slow - light jog - and work your way up as your shins/legs get stronger and used to the movement.
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    Comment edited on: 8/24/2010 1:34:19 PM
    Abby- Thanks for the great feedback and inspiration. Have you picked a race to run?

    Em- Loved that page with the exercises. I'm gonna look funny warming up tomorrow :)

    MGO- Maybe we can train together.

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    I started the C25K program about 2 months ago. Still working on the last 2 weeks of the plan. But just keep doing it! It DOES work! : ) I didn't deal so much with shin splints, but with the pain from the pounding. My neighbor is a marathoner and she mentioned that it takes time to build up the bone strength to handle the stress. So if you are feeling that too, don't get discouraged. Like you said, you just keep repeating the plan for that week until you can get it done and feel confident about trying the next step. Enjoy your new sneakers, and happy trails!

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    I just started the C25K program this week, too :) and like you, I also really struggle with shin splints. I always try to stretch them really well before and after running but sometimes it's just not enough :(
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