You never forget your firsts, and this first was certainly unforgettable. I had signed up for the Nature Valley 5K with a friend, who then told me a few weeks ago that she’ll be unable to run because of a knee injury. I asked my niece to go with me, and together with my son, we left the house for Fort Bonifacio at 4:45 am this morning.
I was a little worried that there would be heavy traffic, since I’d heard that there were 11,000+ registrants, but we got there just in time. I headed to the starting line feeling a bit alone. Everyone seemed to be with a group of friends. I didn’t even have time for a proper warm-up, and it was impossible to do that in a sea of runners.
When I heard the race marshals calling for the 5K runners to move forward to the starting line, I started wishing that I had taken the time to go to the comfort room. My hands started getting clammy despite the hot and humid weather, and I could feel the crowd’s excitement.
Finally, the big screen started the 30-second countdown to the gun start. The moment it hit 1 is clearly etched in my mind. Though it took about a minute for me to reach the starting line, I could already feel my heart pounding. All I wanted to focus on was 1) finishing, and 2) running without walking.
With more than 5,000 5K runners, it was a bit frustrating to slip through those who were walking (not that I’m a fast runner - not at all). I didn’t want to lose my stride, and I knew that if I started walking, I wouldn’t be able to run again - I’d get too lazy. So I tried to take advantage of the downhill area, and plowed through the uphill area. Finally, we were nearing the finish line and I heard the marshals directing the 5K runners to the last kilometer route. The only thing that kept me going was the thought of finishing and couldn’t manage a sprint to the finish line anymore.
Anyway, I just got the race results:
Finish time - 00:39:20
Chip time - 00:37:58
2.5K split - 00:18:36
So today, I accomplished 2 of my goals: to run 5 km without walking, and to run 30 minutes without walking.
I’m quite happy but I’ll work on a negative split next time (yes, there definitely will be a next time!).
This is it. My last run before the race. I need to have faith that all those weeks of running will pay off and carry me through on Sunday.
I ran the 3 km I did the other day, and again I ran 22 minutes without walking! I wonder if it’s a good idea to try to run the whole 5K or have a couple of walk breaks?
I’m so thankful for my Daily Mile friends. I’ve never met any of them but they provide great motivation and all their comments are positive. They are also an inspiration and I always wish that I could run as well as them. I think I spend more time on DM now compared to FB!
p.s. Thanks billhinton for the encouraging words! :)
“Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells ‘CAN’T’. But you don’t listen, you just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper ‘can’, and you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.”—Author Unknown (via julie911) (via kitchenart) (via runnyknows) (via fitnfun) (via couchpotato2010)
“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy… It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.”—Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ
I almost didn’t run this morning. I had a lot of excuses - it’s too humid, I lack sleep, etc… there’s always an excuse. But at some point I just decided to jump up and get dressed. That always works, and I’m glad I did it. I’ve never regretted any run anyway.
I had planned to do 2 x 15:1s today, but when it was time to walk, I slowed down to a jog instead. In the end, I was able to run 3.74 km for 26 minutes straight. I never thought I’d see this day… so you’ll understand why I’m so ecstatic. :))
It was humid this morning - I’d only just warmed up and I was already sweating. One of the high points of my run today was when I passed a fellow runner and we exchanged smiles. He was probably doing a long run and he definitely looked like a seasoned runner (he had a hydration belt on and was wearing a race singlet). The other high point was when I exchanged pleasantries with an old man who I see every time I run. I think he used to be a runner because I saw him wearing a 10K finisher’s singlet once.
I decided to run laps around the village today instead of going outside and running along the main street. Maybe it was the virtually non-existent traffic, or the cleaner air, or the lower noise level, but I did better today compared to last Tuesday. I was able to do 2 complete 12:1s. Yayyyy! I again forced myself not to look at my watch every so often, and instead waited to hear the beeps signaling the end of an interval. When I mapped my route, I found out I ran 4.72 km in 36 minutes. So my goal for my first 5K is to finish sub 40.
However, I notice that even though I can still breathe pretty easily towards the end of a run, it’s my legs that feel heavy and tired. Maybe they need to be strengthened? I keep telling myself that I will cross train but I never do. :/
In any case, today I learned: it IS possible to keep going even when you think you’ve had enough. I must remember this.
After 4 days of no running, I went out again this morning. My legs felt heavy but I kept at it. I continued trying to do 12:1s - trying is the operative word. The first 12 minutes is fine, but I haven’t been able to run the second 12 minutes in full. I always cave and walk some minutes. There’s a barrier that I need to break through. So frustrating! It makes me wonder if I’ll ever be able to run more than 5 km. Today though, I ended up running 4.5 km in 33 minutes.
My first 5K is in less than 2 weeks and just thinking about it makes me jittery!
I wasn’t able to write about my run yesterday, so here it is. :)
The weather still wasn’t very conducive to running. When I went out of the house at around 6:30 am, I estimate that the temperature was about 32 degrees (Celsius) - and very humid. I started getting tired about 5 minutes into the run but kept at it. I knew that if I stopped I’d beat myself up and end up feeling like a loser.
It never ceases to amaze me how I can keep going even after I’ve convinced myself that I can’t. So I think running is really a test of mental strength. As my DM friend said, it’s “a mind game”, and I couldn’t agree more. There’s a part of you that tries to convince you to stop, and you need to keep on fighting the urge to stop.
As in last Tuesday, I continued doing 12/1s and in the end I ran 4.54 km in 33 minutes. Not bad.
Earlier, I was talking to a student who’s preparing for his first marathon in September. He’s done a half-marathon and will do 2 more before his marathon. He said that this will be his first and only marathon because he feels that he’s sacrificing too much to prepare for it. I wonder if I will feel that way too in the very distant future, when I’m preparing for my first ever marathon.
I wasn’t able to run yesterday because of the national elections. Woke up a bit later than I had been meaning to and we got to the polling place at 9.30 am. We stood in line for about 2 hours (the heat! the humidity!) and finally we were able to cast our votes at 11.30.
So, I ran today. As in the past few days, it was very hot and humid. I tried doing 12/1s and ran 3.78 km in 27 minutes. I want to build mileage but it’s like I hit a bump right around 4 km which is difficult to overcome. Sad.
It wasn’t a good run today, probably because 1) I didn’t eat well the whole day yesterday. There was so much to do that I forgot to have dinner. :/ 2) I got less than 6 hours of sleep last night because I got home pretty late, around 11:30 pm. Although I usually get around 6 hours of sleep every night, I felt more tired than usual when I woke up this morning. 3) I was already hungry when I started running, and after about 2 minutes of running I started getting stomach cramps. Not painful enough to make me stop, but it didn’t go away so I decided to have just a quick run then head home.
The result: 2.88 km in 22 minutes. I’m not happy. But I will do better next week. May 30 is just a few weeks away! Gulp.
“now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. you have to make the mind run the body. never let the body tell the mind what to do. the body will always give up.”—george s. patton (via itstinarenee)
I’m happy with the run I had today. I moved up from doing 7/2s to doing 10/2s, and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I forced myself not to keep looking at my watch because I’d get discouraged and demotivated if I see that I’ve been running for only 5 minutes and I already feel tired. So what I did was, I prayed - for the elections next Monday, for my family, for strength so I can finish my run, for safety, for everything I could think of. And I think it worked. :)
In the end, I did 5.67 km in 36 minutes. The 5K doesn’t seem so impossible now. What I want to work on now is being able to run for 30 minutes straight… More prayers should do it, I think!
It was already humid when I got up at 6 am to go out. I was already sweaty by the time I started stretching after finishing my warm up walk. That bad. But, no excuses. So off I went and I ran 4.62 km in 36 minutes. Even though I haven’t run 5 km yet, I’m happy that I seem to be almost there. :)
Next week, I’ll try doing 10/3s.
I love that feeling you get after a run while you’re cooling down. Like everything is right in the world. After my morning run, while walking to cool down, I looked up and saw the blue sky scattered with tufts of white cloud. I thought, What a great day to be alive. Thank you, God!
Being the OC person that I am, I almost can’t stand not having information about something I suddenly have interest in. Like running. So I’ve been scouring the net for tips on what I can expect when I run my first 5K (gulp).
When my alarm rang at 6 am, I really didn’t want to get up. But as in other days, I forced myself to and again, I didn’t regret it.
I continued 7/2s and in the end I ran 4.82 km in 36 minutes. Not bad I think. I’m a bit frustrated though, because I thought that by now I’d be able to run 30 minutes without stopping. I guess that’s because I’ve fallen back 3 or 4 weeks in the beginner’s training plan. :(
Next week, I will start doing 8/2s. I’m not sure I’ve gotten my “running legs” yet so I don’t want to overdo it. But hopefully, I’ll have enough stamina to finish that 5K on May 30.
In other news, I’ve started to get bored with my route around the village. It’s not a big one - a run around the whole village is 1.1 km, so I have to do several rounds to finish my workout. I’ve turned to mapmyrun to find a good route. I’m still hesitant to go out of my comfort zone though.
It’s a little less than 5 weeks to go before my first 5K and I’m starting to think that maybe I should’ve registered for the 3K instead. I did 3.71 km in 30 minutes today. Kinda blah. I didn’t want to push myself too hard because I started feeling the dull ache in my ankles again. Will it ever go away??
So I decided to take it easy and paid more attention to my form - specifically the way I hold my head, my footstrike, and my overpronation.
I have a feeling I will do better on Wednesday. I need to.
In other matters, I also would like to start doing speedwork and long weekend runs. They say it’s supposed to help your stamina and endurance (Lord knows how much I need those).
I continued alternating 6 minutes of running with 1 minute of walking, and according to mapmyrun.com, I did 4.92 km in 30 minutes. It might be less, though, because I can’t remember anymore how many times I went around the village. I also tried running on the main street, which was asphalted, and I felt the difference on my knees… not so jarring. The downside was there was a lot of traffic.
All in all, it was a good run. I’m a bit worried though, because I can’t seem to get past 4 km. I think it might be because I’m always putting a limit regarding how much time I run. I’ve never run more than 40 minutes. Maybe that’s what I need to start doing.
I’ve decided that I can’t continue treating running as an option. I must step up and rack in those kilometers if I want to progress. So when my alarm rang this morning, I got up and went through the motions of getting ready to go out.
Today was the first day of doing 6/1s, and I ran 4.5 km in 28 minutes. I felt so tired afterwards! Actually, the last few minutes were spent walking, so on Friday I will be strict with myself and follow the prescribed number of minutes for running and walking.
Also, I signed up for my first race today! I’m running the 5K at the Nature Valley Run at Bonifacio Global City on May 30. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. Hopefully, 5 weeks will be enough for me to train for it. Wish me luck? :)
I ran 4.19 km in 30 minutes today. Maybe running for 30 minutes straight without walking isn’t so impossible after all. I also realized that the human body is an amazing thing. Do something with consistency and it adapts. I’ve noticed that my endurance is better now, and I don’t feel so beat after a run. But I think my ankle may protest. I noticed it’s starting to hurt just a wee bit after my run, so I’m going to ice it later.
Maybe I’ll be ready to move up to Week 5 next week.
Whether you’re training for a marathon, a century or the Ironman triathlon, one thing you quickly find out is that there’s no room for bullshit out there on the pavement. You either do the work or you’re screwed. Politics won’t get you to the finish line. It doesn’t matter who you know or how well you can work the system. When you’re out there, every weakness bubbles up to the surface and stares you in the eye. Lack of preparation, lack of motivation, lack of dedication will all come back to bite you in the ass. there’s nowhere to hide. They will all find you and jump up on your back to stop you dead in your tracks. The choice becomes this: Do you let them stop you, or do you accept them and keep going?
You learn a lot about yourself, training for that type of event.
You learn a lot about how to break thresholds and get past your own little ego, training for events like these. When you’re tired and sore and hungry but you still have four miles to go, guess what? You still have four miles to go. How you get through these last four miles is entirely up to you. Nobody cares whether you walk those last four miles or run, or hail a cab. Nobody made you set 26.2 miles as a goal. Or 100 miles. Or 144+.
Once you’ve broken past your lack of will and learned to keep going, you are transformed. A similar thing happens to Marines during training. At some point, who you used to be before you went beyond what you thought your limitations were, before you kissed excuses goodbye, before you left all of the bullshit that stood in your mind’s way ceases to exist. You become someone else.
That someone else, the marathoner, the long distance cyclist, the triathlete, the Ironman, he or she walks into your place of work with you every morning.
We all work with two types of people: Partisans of the least amount of effort, and dedicated professionals.
The latter aren’t all marathoners or triathletes, but I have yet to meet an Ironman or marathoner who didn’t take his or her intensity and dedication to their job. Read full article
My first time to run here in Davao, and my 2 sisters came along. Well, they more like walked, and I slowed down so I could chat with them. Hence, I did only 2.43 km in 24 minutes. Really, it was more like a sightseeing jog of the village, which is nice although again there was a dog or two dogs lying on the streets. Some running is better than none, right?
When we spend the night at the beach on Sunday, I’ll try to squeeze in a short run there since they have a trail.
I went to sleep early last night (relatively early - around 12.30 am) so I could run early in the morning. I continued the week’s program of running 4/1s, and I did 5 of those again today and ran 3.36 km. Always, sometime during the middle part of my runs a part of me tells me it doesn’t want to go on anymore. And always, another part of me tries to fight that negative part. Sometimes the positive me wins, sometimes the negative me wins. It’s a struggle. I wonder if all runners experience this.
I leave for Davao this afternoon, and will be staying there for 2 weeks. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to continue with my running there. Maybe I could, because I’ll be living in a residential area, but my son will be with me and there’d be no one to take care of him if I’m gone for 30 mins. Dilemma!
I don’t know how it happened, but my ankle started feeling better yesterday, and that got me so motivated to run today. I did 5 4/1s and ran 3.37 km. So happy and proud. Everytime I felt like I couldn’t go on, I’d tell myself: Keep going, keep going. Only a few more minutes. Trudge on.
I don’t listen to music when I run. I haven’t tried listening to music yet, but I find that I like the silence. A lot of random thoughts run through my head though - sometimes helpful to my workout, sometimes not.
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. Only did 2.29 km in 18 minutes. Blah.
I’m still not done reading Haruki Murakami’s memoir. One of the last lines I read that struck me was his mantra while running his first ultramarathon in Lake Saroma in Japan: "I am not a human. I am a piece of machinery." Maybe I need to borrow his mantra.
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 thrown off, so I headed home. I ran for only 2 km today. In 16 minutes. Ugh.
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 unnoticeable. When I got home I iced my ankle for 15 minutes and now it doesn’t feel that bad.
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 painkillers (Arcoxia), but they’re quite expensive so I think I’ll pass. The pain is tolerable enough anyway. I’m also supposed to apply warm compress everyday for 20 minutes.
I’m excited! When I didn’t go running yesterday, I felt quite lost, like something was missing.
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 caused by alignment problems, damage to kneecap cartilage, overpronation, or muscle/tendon weakness or tightness. You can run through most patellofemoral pain, says Robert Wilder, M.D., of the University of Virginia, but you may need to cut back on distance, hills, or intensity. (But be extra careful if you have chondromalacia, a form of arthritis that causes patellofemoral pain.) Strength training, wearing a knee brace, taping your arches or wearing an orthotic, and replacing worn shoes or wearing motion-control shoes can help.
Q: Is the pain in the front of the knee below the kneecap? Does it get worse as you run? Have you recently added more mileage?
If the answer is yes you could have Patellar tendinitis.
Patellar tendinitis is inflammation of one of the knee-joint tendons. Tendinitis occurs when tissue breakdown outpaces regrowth, and is caused by increased mileage, hills (especially downhills), and pace. Running through tendinitis will make it worse and prolong your recovery, says Davis. But treated early, it can heal in a few weeks. Here’s how: cross-train, ice, wear a patella strap, take anti-inflammatories, stretch, and do exercises to strengthen the joint and quadriceps, such as leg extensions.
I’m leaning more toward Patellofemoral pain. Sucks.
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 these checked. Or maybe this is normal. How would I know when it’s okay to run through the pain and when it’s not?