Literally. So back in April after the Marathon my friend and I decided we were going to run the Boston 5k to show our Boston pride. The only problem was she's a cross country runner and the only thing I've ran is away from my siblings after I piss them off. I decided to go for it anyways. I used to bike a lot back in New York and the drivers scare me too much here to keep it up.
|I like this a lot more than running|
My muscles were starting to yell at me for not using them and I'm generally healthy in terms of my diet so I figured it wouldn't be too hard to run 3 miles.
I decided to start training like how I'd train on a bike; go as fast as you can for as long as you can until your legs give out. This worked for about a week until I hit a wall. That wall was called shin splints.
So I iced those until they were gone and developed a new routine for myself. I've heard of things like Couch to 5k but I'm not really a fan of other people's schedules.
What's working well for me is I run every other day. Every other day I add a tenth of a mile to my run. I keep the same pace the whole time (about 7 miles an hour) and slowly work up the distance. The 7mph is a comfortable run for me, but run whatever pace you like. To me, I'm just doing this for fun so I'm not going to kill myself over it. I did invest in a good pair of running shoes though. It seems stupid, but a good pair of shoes can actually help you not get injured. I went over to City Sports and had them help me find a pair that was right for me. Be prepared to spend ~$90. It's a lot, but well worth the investment.
Overall I feel great! My back aches less, I sleep better and my legs are so toned! It's also a great break from classes and homework to go for a run along the river, though lately I've been running in the air conditioned gym because I'm a weenie.
|Don't let this bother you. |
Everyone looks like the little girl when they run.
How do you stay active? Are you a beginner runner? Let me know :)