Week 4.1: Blah
So after the scary barking dog fiasco, I went out again today. I was intending to pass the house where I encountered the dog, but as I approached the street I saw a dog (not leashed, of course) and I made a u-turn instead. Really, getting bitten by a dog is one of my worst fears. I was supposed to do 4/1s for 30 minutes today but somehow I wasn’t able to push myself hard enough to do it....
I’m staying with Week 3 of the program but I might try moving up to Week 4 next week, which is I think 5 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking. I had planned to run for 30 minutes today, but about halfway through, I encountered a dog (not leashed) that almost went after me. I wear shorts, so I was scared that it might try to bite me — my worst fear! Anyway, after that I got...
My first run after getting the doctor’s go signal. It felt great! I stayed with Week 3 of the beginner program and did 6 3/1s and did 3.03 km in 24 minutes. Didn’t want to push myself too much. I made sure to stretch well, and I did some brisk walking first before running lightly. I felt the familiar pain in my left ankle and heels but it gradually faded until it was almost...
So I went to the ortho earlier and he thinks I have strained ankle muscles, and advised me to stretch them well before running (he taught me a few stretching exercises I can do). Also, he said I can continue running! In fact, he would like me to continue. My muscles are simply getting used to the stress of running, and once they do I’ll be over the hump. Fingers crossed. He gave me...
Dynamic Stretching LEG LIFTS Swing one leg out to the side, then swing it back across your body in front of your other leg. Repeat 10 times on each side. Feel wobbly? Hold onto a steady object. BUTT-KICKS While standing tall, walk forward with an exaggerated backswing so that your heels come up to your glutes. When this is easy, try it while jogging. Do 10 reps on each side. PIKE STRETCH Get...
Patellofemoral pain or patellar tendinitis?
So I’ve been doing a little research about my knee pain, and I came across this on Runner’s World. Q: Do you feel stiffness over the front or inner side of your kneecap, especially after sitting or kneeling? Does it hurt more walking down steps? Does the pain go away a few minutes into your run? If the answer is yes you could be having Patellofemoral pain. Patellofemoral pain can be...
Only 2.33 km in 19 minutes today. Bad. The dull pain in my knees just wouldn’t go away. It wasn’t that bad but thoughts of beginners getting injured because of ignorance kept running through my head. Towards the latter part of my workout, I walked, and it was so frustrating because I felt I could do more. But I didn’t want to risk it, so there. I think maybe I need to have...
I did 7 x 3/1s (3 minute run/1 minute walk) today. I forced myself to wake up a bit earlier than my usual 7 am time — not easy when you’ve had only 6 hours of sleep. But I knew, I just knew that I would regret it if I didn’t get up. I think the hardest part of running in the morning is getting out of bed. :/ About the run, I made sure to follow the interval times strictly. It...
Core Exercises for Beginners →
I think I’ll need to start doing some of these if I’m really going to take running seriously…
I had to give it everything I had. If I failed, I could accept that. But I knew...– Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
It was a wonderful morning. The sun was up, and when I went outside, I saw that the Narra tree in front of the chapel was in full bloom. That was quite a sight. I don’t think what I have is a cold. I think it’s an allergy because I keep sneezing and my eyes get watery. Anyway, so that’s my excuse for having run only 16 minutes today. I’m a bit disappointed with myself....
When your legs are tired, run with your heart.– Anonymous
I’m feeling a bit under the weather today so I only put in 18 minutes. Was able to run 2.2 km though, so that was quite good I think. I feel a slight dull ache in my knees but it doesn’t linger, and I’m hoping it’s nothing to be worried about. Maybe it has something to do with running on concrete? I only run around the village and the streets are concrete, not...
Dealing with the heat →
From Jeff Galloway’s blog (old post though). For someone who lives in the tropics, I found these tips useful. I should keep these in mind when I start running longer than 30 minutes.
Looking for inspiration
I didn’t know that Haruki Murakami was a runner, and when I heard about his book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, I was intrigued. I went to the bookstore and got it, and started reading it last night. How interesting to know what marathoners and distance runners think about the sport. I liked it when he said, “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” I’m...
I felt a little bit sluggish today but I still got up and went at it. 3.63 km in 30 minutes. This is my normal route. I’ve noticed that I’m not so out of breath now after every run. I’m not gasping for breath anymore — YAY! :D Is it bad that I only have a glass of water and a banana before I run? I only run for 30 minutes anyway. It’s getting warmer and warmer...
If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else,...– Bruce Lee
According to my schedule, I’m supposed to run 2 minutes and walk 1 minute. I was fine the first few intervals, then I started to wear down halfway through. The only thing that kept me going was the thought that I’ll be done in 15 minutes. And I did it! 3.8 km in 30 minutes. There’s an incline that’s about 25-30º steep and it always kills my legs whenever I go on it,...
I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t help compare myself to all those runners on dailymile who log 5 miles a day. Of course they’re not beginners like me, but then again, looking at their posts make me strive harder. One day, I’ll be like them! :)
Today I did 3.8 km in 33 minutes. I read that the distance that I walk when I cool down shouldn’t be counted, so all in all only 3.8 km today. I think I’m ready for Week 2 of training for newbies :D Now that I’m a bit more active now, I’m worried that my upper body is being neglected. I’ve read about core workouts so I might get a stability ball and do...
Running vs. jogging
What is the difference? I’ve read an article saying there’s little difference. Another one says it’s running if a person is training for races. So, IS there a difference? Or maybe it doesn’t matter even if there is?
I’m looking forward to the day when I’ll be able to say, “I ran 5 km today in X minutes and it felt great!”
I just recently learned that I can set intervals on my watch (duh!) so today I was able to follow more strictly the 1 min run/2 min walk thing. The darn transmitter belt is still wonky. Maybe I need to have the battery replaced. I wonder if it’s normal to feel sleepy a few hours after the run? Thanks by the way to becomingabuff and eskapo for answering my ultramarathon musing. It was just...
Learn to Stretch →
Because I’ve been confused as to whether or not I’m supposed to stretch before running or do it after. It turns out, I should stretch a bit before. Oops. Will start doing that on Wednesday.
So after 2 days of inactivity, I went out again this morning. 3.63 km in about 30 minutes. I still feel like I’m not giving it my all. But then I remember what I read in a lot of sites for those who are new to running: take it slow. I’m still following Week 1 of the schedule I found here. I’m not confident enough to do Week 2 yet. I wasn’t able to get a reading on my...