Avoid the Killer Boards

9 10 2012

Friday I was forced to change it up due to the weather. There was a lot of rainfall the previous night so when I arrived at the boardwalk, the wood planks were completely soaked. I tested the wood by dragging my feet and then knew it would be too dangerous to run on it. My only option was to run on the bike path. Since the beginning of the bike path was nearby, I walked to the start as a warm-up.  There was tons of overgrowth on that deserted path to the start and even as a big guy, I did not feel very safe. It’s a perfect place to get shanked.

“Shhh! Here he comes.”

As I got to a clearing, I was surprised to see all the greenage and how big the area was. It still made me nervous because I could vividly imagine getting attacked by a wild boar who jumps from the bushes and tackles me. Either that or I would get a laser blast through my chest from Predator.

Who’s in there?


I watch too many movies.

About halfway through my run, I realized that running the bike path is pretty fun. There are much more things to look at. Trees, playgrounds, cars, and just seeing different areas instead of endless wooden boards. The only problem with the path is that it’s for bikes. There are always bikers and you always have to be careful. You could accidentally get in front of one and get hit from behind. Quite a shameful way to go.

My run was similar to the last one: a 5K at 12 minutes per mile. As I said before, I’m going to build my mileage and let my speed come naturally.I have been taking a two minute walk at the halfway point and that break has been helping me finish the runs. As of yesterday I have ran 3 miles everyday for the past 3 runs and it has got easier every time. On my next run I’m going to cut the 2 minute walk in half and see how my body responds. If I feel a painful crack and see a jagged bone sticking out of my leg, then I’ll know that I’m pushing too hard.

My goal is to be able to run a 5K without breaks and then eventually run a 10K without breaks. Again, I’ll follow the Jeff Galloway run walk method whenever I start marathon training. Whenever that is.


Getting back on track!

12 09 2012

Route: Boardwalk

Distance: 2.1 miles

Time: 23 minutes

As I started running this morning, I was anxious on whether I would see improvement from the last run. As I stated in the last post, I’ve been stuck running the same intervals with no improvement for a few weeks. I’m used to seeing a bit of progress with every run so my frustration led me back to the walk-run method promoted by Jeff Galloway. On this past Sunday’s run, I ran for 23 minutes with a 3:1 run-walk ratio. However near the end of the run, I switched to a 2:1 ratio because I kept running out of breath.

For today’s run, I decided to do the same 23 minute run and see what happens. Near the end of the run, I realized that although it was hard, I was going to finish the run with the same ratio I started with. It felt good to see progress again. I finally had a good run and didn’t mind that I was sweating a bucket and my shirt was wicking overtime.

I decided to repeat the same run this Friday and then go for a 3 mile long run on Sunday. I never done a long run at the end of a week as the Galloway technique states, but I know I’m supposed to run two minutes slower when I go for it. When I do, I’ll be looking to see how tired I will be at the end of the run and if running slower really extends the distance endurance. I feel good about my training again (finally).

9/9/2012 Update

9 09 2012

I really need to keep updating this blog for myself as well as any readers. An online journal can help me review any progress I’ve been making.

Route: Boardwalk

Distance: 2.1 miles

Time: 23 minutes


For the past few weeks, I have been trying to run at least 20 minutes straight without a break at a 10 minute per mile rate. There’s a 5K I’m checking out in November that I would like to run with a 30 minute time, but my body has not been responding well. It shouldn’t take almost a month of running to do 20 minutes without stopping.

Weird cloud pic. Looks like a tidal wave.

Since that non-stop running is not working for me, I decided to go back to Jeff Galloway’s run/walk method and build from there. What’s different with his style that I’m not currently doing is the long run. The weekend will have the longer, slower run which is supposed to push my endurance wall back. It couldn’t hurt to give that a shot and change what’s not working.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  -Albert Einstein

It’s actually been almost a week since my last run due to adjusting my schedules to get my kid ready for school and I don’t want to run outside in total darkness at 5am. I didn’t have this problem in the summer because the sun rose early but now I have to wait until 6am minimum. Now that my boy is going to get on the school bus early, I can wait with him with my running shorts and shoes on. That’s called saving time. College taught me that.

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 RunDisney.com 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.