Running Check In

Hey all, so I know I’ve been bad about blogging. Truth is, I’ve been bad about maintaining consistently the things I write about here, so keeping to my writing regiment was difficult! But its time for a little running check in:

Last time we talked about my training, I had placed myself on the DL with pain in my knees. I needed to address that, and the only way was with rest. My intention was to only skip one run day (the Saturday), and so I went out again on that Monday 7/2. The pain was significantly lessened, but still present. Ok, if I want to heal I need to be serious about taking a break. The next time I ran was 7/9, a whole week later. Everything felt fine, so I figured I could commit again to training. Then that Wednesday I got sick. Saturday I was on the road to KC, so this past Monday (7/16) was the day I could REALLY commit to training again. I had started freaking out that I wasn’t going to be ready in time – only 55 days till race day!!

Earlier in the day on the 16th, Rob had convinced me that I needed to stick to a plan in order to be ready in time and ensure I wouldn’t hurt myself again. Given the fact that I had done at least some training and had limited time left, he suggested I start at week 3 of Couch to 5K. Couch to 5K is a super popular and attainable plan to training for a 5K. And I have to say, after running day 1 of week 3, its a good challenging plan that lets you ease into it by giving you breaks, but makes sure you stay on point with time limits.

For this week, my challenge is:

Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Therefore, my stats from Monday: 24:16, 1.9 mi, 12:36 min/mi. Brudder ran with me, which I enjoyed because we got to talk. The end 3 minutes of running were incredibly slow, but he was very supportive of me.

Yesterday I continued my recommitment to training. Day 2 of week 3 is the same challenge. I found it slightly easier the second time, but not as fulfilling when I finished. It was also considerably cooler, yet more humid as storms were rolling in. I went out alone, and (intelligently) after eating half a chocolate shake – got a side stitch as a thank you gift from my body for that one. My stats: 25:25, 2 mi, 12:38 min/mi.

Day 3 of week 3 is still the same challenge. My personal challenge will be finding time to do it. Friday night is a social night and Saturday morning I leave early to STL for Rob’s family reunion. Maybe I can convince that boy to let me go run early in the morning before we hit the road… I’ll probably have to convince myself first!