Wednesday, March 03, 2010

5K Training Update

So I’ve been training for the 5K for a week now.  And by training, I mean going to the Y, getting on the treadmill, starting it up and hanging on for dear life. 

I asked Michael and Amy if they’d like to do the run with me and they thought the idea sounded like a great challenge.  They’ve been coming to the Y as well.  Youth is on their side; they crank up that treadmill and run – literally run – for 30 solid minutes.  If we were on a track they’d lap me several times.  But they’re great encouragers.  Just last Friday Amy saw me fading fast and said, “Come on, Mom, you can do this.  Just walk a little faster.”  I love that girl.  Well, I didn’t right then, but I refrained from biting her head off which, I believe, shows great personal growth.

One problem I’ve been having is shin splints.  Each time I start a walking program I get them, which reminds me why I don’t keep up a walking program: because shin splints hurt!  In an attempt to give my shins a rest I rode the bike on Monday; by the time I’d finished 20 minutes my butt was asleep which made walking to the door difficult.  But believe you me, I got out that door and just sat in my car with the seat heater on high.  (Note to Sean: I love the seat heater in my car!  We should send whoever invented it a big ol’ bouquet.)

Two different friends directed me to The Couch to 5K running plan.  Unlike my first training program which began with a two mile run (on the first day!!), this one starts with a, “brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.”  Now that is a plan I can handle.  It works you through nine weeks, leading up to a 30 minute, three mile jog.  After reading that plan I have more hope that I’ll be able to finish.  Big thanks to Elizabeth and Mary for passing it my way.

So one week down, nine to go.  I’m already thinking about the moment I cross the finish line when I’ll be able to say, “Mission accomplished.  I don’t need to do that again.  Ever.”  That’s probably not the best attitude but it’s the one that’s keeping me going for now.