Thursday, September 5, 2013

It's all working out

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 :)

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