Back in the day before I got hurt I used to run alllll the time. I did C25K and was obsessed with running. Then I got hurt and stopped. My back surgeon told me I should never run again, esp outside. Of course I don't and won't listen because I am not giving up running. I love it too much. I did however wait a year before I started up again. After 2 practice runs I must say, my back is feeling pretty good! I will of course stop if it starts to really hurt. Maybe. :)
I went on my first practice 5K Saturday morning. It was a beautiful day and I really enjoyed the run! I just randomly picked a goal based on my times/distances from the past so I decided that I would try to finish this 5k in under 45 minutes. I set out feeling great, I walked a few minutes just to warm up. The route I was going to run is almost exactly 3.1 miles but there are a few hills (I must try to avoid those next time). I ran as much as I could without stopping but had to stop to walk often. When I was close to the end I looked at my phone and saw I had 1 minute 30 seconds until I hit 45 mins but still had .1 of a mile to go before I hit a 5k. I seriously started sprinting until I reached the 3.1 mile mark. Happy to report...I reached my goal...barely.
Yesterday I went out for my 2nd training run! It was a beautiful evening weather wise and I was really excited to see if I could improve on my time! I really wanted to push myself and see how much of the run I could do without walking. Happy with the results!
- Time of day: I did my first 5k on Saturday morning at around 10am after eating a chobani yogurt. I think that waiting until the end of the day gave me more energy. I felt like I could push through my runs longer. I bet it was because I had more fuel from eating throughout the day.
- Mental Strength: Mentally I think I was stronger during my 2nd run. I had a starting point from Saturday's run and all I wanted to do on my 2nd run was beat those times. I mentally pushed myself harder just so I could accomplish those goals. I think that personal competition is a great way to motivate yourself. I really wanted to improve my time so I did as much as I could to keep going.
- Walking: During my 5k on Saturday I had to stop to walk a lot. I would run as much as I could but then once I couldn't go any longer I would walk. I noticed that when I did walk, it was really slow! I really think that slow walking hurt my time and pace. So for yesterday's run I told myself that when I did have to walk it was going to be a fast paced walk. I walked briskly to warm up, up the hills and when I took a running break. I really think it helped!
- Blister Problems: During my first run I gave myself a huge blister on my right heel! I think my sneakers are too big. It hurt really bad and kinda slowed me down towards the end. Yesterday I put a bandaide on it and that helped for the first half of the run. Towards the end it was really bothering me but I just ignored it. I really hope this doesn't effect my run on Sunday! Does anyone have any tips?
Those 4 things really helped me improve and I want to keep going and make my time even better! I am going to the gym tonight and tomorrow so I probably won't be able to run again until Thursday. Hopefully my blister will be ok by then and I can match my time or even improve it! I'm so glad I started running again! It really motivates me! :)