Today when I was trying on three different pairs of running shoes with various insole combinations to keep plantar fasciitis away, using different shoelace-tying techniques to maximize support and minimize numbness, looking at the weather forecast to decide what clothing combinations wouldn’t make me shiver or die of heat stroke, deciding whether the water or calories…
Bill used to try to convince me that we’re all born to run but I really didn’t buy it. I for one was Exhibit A that some humans are absolutely not born for that. But then we spent time at a few crowded family gatherings and I became a believer.
First it was, sadly, the visitation and memorial service for Bill’s dad, who passed away after Alzheimer’s Disease and eventually pneumonia took over his body. The funeral home was packed. I noticed, and several people commented, that all the little kids were running around, chasing each other, weaving in and out of the groups of adults who were talking. The kids weren’t being loud or causing any trouble. They were just doing what came naturally.
It reminded me of…
1. Pace yourself: Build training miles and speed slowly.
If you’re at the point of wanting to build, that should mean that you can run 5K’s with no trouble. Maybe you can run four or five miles. The first step is to build a base of 3 – 4 miles about four days a week. Do that for a few weeks. Then start building 10% at a time. We have a detailed program that you can print out. But the basic idea is to start by …
This morning Hurricane Joaquin was in the air and I had a ten mile run on my schedule. It’s six weeks until my first half marathon and I’ve been following this training plan that Bill developed for me. I’m already a little bit behind in my training because of a bunch of travel, old running shoes that caused some tweaked muscles which I had to rest, and also running a 5K and 10K with Bill that have become our summer traditions, even though they fell on days when I was supposed to be running longer.
So I really couldn’t postpone this 10 mile run.
“I felt empowered!!” is what she wrote to me in a Facebook message. Just like that – with not one but two exclamation points. I got chills and wanted to stand up and cheer. I can think of few other words I’d rather to hear from a friend.
Does something inside of you want to try one of those couch-to-5k programs but you’re absolutely convinced you can’t do it? Or that it’ll be too much torture?
Have you tried to run but feel like it’s never going to get easier?
I tried for months and couldn’t really build more than a mile until I tried all of these tips and little by little it started to get awesome….