Trying Something New (again).

1 10 2012

Route: Boardwalk

Distance: 3.1 miles

Time: 36 minutes

Shoe Mileage: 222.78 miles.

As I’m sure most runners do, I am always researching new ideas and techniques for running effectively and implement them during my runs. This past week I have searched the internet for articles on how to run a faster 5k in order to improve my speed. As I read a few articles, I realized that I’ve been doing it a bit wrong. My plan was to redo the Couch to 5K while using the space 10 minute per mile pace. Unfortunately, my progress kept getting held up at the 20 minute run. I would constantly run out of breath before I can finish.

Some of the articles I have read stated that in order to be able to run faster, you must be able to run longer. Well, I know I haven’t been doing that. Last week I did a long-run of 3 1/2 miles on a 12 min. per mile pace and it seemed very easy. I decided to try running a 5K this past Sunday without taking any walk breaks to see where I am fitness-wise. About halfway through I took a two-minute walk and then was able to finish the run without any breaks. However, it was a brutal second-half. I almost quit several times and truthfully, I don’t know how I was able to finish it. I really had to push myself to get through it.

My plan is to be able to run a 5K at any speed so that I can get more miles in. I would like to run a 5K without breaks but use the Galloway system for marathon training. I will wait two days and then try the 5K again to see if the run gets easier. Let’s see what happens.


Back to the C25K!

21 03 2012

Great Scott! I’m actually going  to give this another try!

I probably mentioned in an earlier blog post that I was using a Couch to 5k plan  to get back into running. However, my legs started to hurt again and I had to slow down. I thought I was taking all precautions since I was training on a treadmill. My biggest issues besides “birdwatching” is getting cramps in my legs from either running on a hard surface road or running too fast. I figured that running on a treadmill would have both issues covered. I guess I was wrong.

So while taking a few days off to let the pain dissipate, I got a real nasty cold and then I really couldn’t run. For two weeks I could not continue the plan. I felt like a real butthead since I missed so many days.

But I did take a page from Jeff Galloway. When the cold went away and the pain lessened, I started running for twenty minutes with one minute walk and one minute run. I was able to run with this program and my legs slowly healed up. My goal is to at least be able to run a 5K on a treadmill and then switch to outdoor running as I get stronger

Roads? Where I’m running, we don’t need roads.

Now, of course running with that program did slow down my intensity, so I have to work up to where I was. My legs were hurting in week 5 of the C25K plan and I had to stop there. I was kinda annoyed because week 5 is kind of a big deal. The third day of that week is a 20 minute run with no breaks. Getting through that long run is as big a breakthrough as inventing a working flux capacitor (almost). I was upset because I was looking forward to that long run for a long time.

Last week I decided that I was going to continue the C25K this week, starting with Day 1. I’m still looking forward to that 20 minute run and I know that running it is my density…I mean my destiny. My current weekly run schedule is Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Those are the easiest days for me to run since I’m not doing much then. Because I’m posting this on Wednesday, that means I was supposed to run Week 5 Day 1 yesterday. Which I did!

The first 5 minute interval wasn’ t so bad and I felt good about this. The second interval was much harder and I knew this run meant business. On the third interval, I really thought I wasn’t going to make it. As I was getting near the last two minutes, I was really breathing hard and was about to quit. I had to mentally trick myself to finishing so that I can do Day 2 on Thursday.

The last run was so hard, I had to fool myself into thinking that I was not gonna graduate college if I didn’t finish. I kept repeating to myself internally, “If you don’t finish this, you won’t graduate college and you’ll have a miserable career.” I’m on my last semester to earn my Bachelor’s degree and graduation is heavily on my mind. Well, I didn’t break a$$ all those years in order to fail on a treadmill. If I did not trick myself to thinking that, I would’ve stopped. Maybe it would be smarter to stop and avoid a possible injury, but I really wanted to finish. I’m kinda conflicted about that. This situation is heavy, but it did feel good to finish.

Now make like a tree, and get outta here!

Injury is Calling

2 03 2012

Oh no, it started again! A pain started growing in my lower leg muscle, just like last time.

I’ve been following the standard nine week Couch to 5k plan and eveything has been good so far. My running pace has been a little bit slower than what I used to train with in order to avoid injury. After a run at the gym, I would go home and put up my legs and ice down anything that felt weird while training. I’ve been drinking a bunch of water so that I don’t become dehydrated and still, a pain started in my leg that feels similar to the same one like last year.

I had to stop because of the pain right as I was ready for Week 5, day 2 in the C25k plan. On that day, I have to run my first 20 minute run non-stop. With that pain I felt, I knew that if I attempted the 20 minute run, I would probably hurt my leg seriously and I’m trying to avoid that.

It’s frustrating to come so far in the plan and then stop to avoid any more damage. I have heard of people getting hurt for a few months or even up to a year. That year-long injury scared me and I don’t want to wait another year to start this again. I figured that I’ll wait a week and then start at an earlier week in the plan and see what happens.

Anyway, during that week I was surfing the web for Walt Disney World info and videos since I’m such a fan and decided to check out again. I’ve heard of Jeff Galloway running plans that were getting people to run half-marathons in Disney World, but I didn’t think too much of it. Others have talked about his run, walk, run method, but every C25K plan has that technique.

While clicking around the website, I stumbled onto some of Galloway’s videos and he demonstrated his run, walk, run method. That’s when I realized that the run/walk strategy is not just for first-time race training, but marathoners can take advantage of the method as well. Running and walking saves strength so that runners can finish strong.

The technique also cuts down the risk for running injuries. Whenever I started running plans, my legs would start to get hurt and I would have to stop for a while, no matter the precautions I took. I decided to give this one a shot. It’s either trying Galloway’s technique, risk getting hurt pushing through the pain, or stop running.

So after a week of trying his method, the pain in my leg is slowly going away. This plan is starting to work for me and I’m excited about it. It’s not a slouch either because I’m running for two minutes and walking for one and I’m doing it for 25 minutes straight, which takes a toll. This still is hard work.

So I’m back in the game and using a new program to build up my running. And it makes sense to use Jeff Galloway’s program; I do plan on running in a Disney race at some point, so it all works out.