My first week back at running went pretty well. I ran three times and logged about 6 miles (I’m starting off SLOW guys). The last time I ran was on Saturday and while I felt good, the ball of my right foot did not. In high school, I would have ignored the pain and gone to practice everyday until I started limping. I’ve finally learned my lesson from that stress fracture sophomore year. 😀
The pain most likely isn’t from running; my guess is that it’s from wearing very high heels last week to attend a few birthday outings. (Including my own 23 birthday surprise!)
Anyway. I’ve been resting it as much as possible and I finally felt no pain yesterday. Which means I will be going for a run the second I post this update! My goal for today is 2.5 miles. And I’ll finally be trying out my Saucony Powergrid Cortana 2s from Road Runner Sports. I had to exchange the last pair for a half size bigger. Another lesson learned- size up when the website itself advises it. >.<
Have any of you started running? If not, tell me what’s keeping you from it!
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On Saturday I finally sat down and signed up for my first half marathon- the Central Park Half Marathon. I’m both excited and nervous. I’m planning on running three times a week (more if I can manage), although yesterday was my first day. I ran about 1.5 miles during a break from work. My hip flexors are already tight! After some stretching later today I’m going to log another two miles.
My fellow lazy runners, I cannot tell you how important it is to ease into running. Don’t try to sprint your first run. Don’t run so far out that you can’t make it back home. By doing too much too soon you are just begging for shin splints or a stress fracture. Personally I’ve never suffered from the former, but I am told shin splints are incredibly painful. Now stress fractures I am familiar with and OUCH. I suffered from one my sophomore year of high school during cross country. I was stubborn and ran a week with the pain before finally limping into the athletic trainer’s office. I wasn’t allowed to run for a month after that. Injuries are nothing to play with!
Now, back to the half marathon. I have just under four months to train, which is more than enough time if I keep up with it. Each will I will slowly increase my total mileage.
To help motivate myself, I have invested in a GPS watch – the Garmin Forerunner 10, and new training sneakers- Saucony Powergrid Cortana 2 from Road Runner Sports.
Stay tuned for reviews!