I will run my second 5K on Sunday. As my knee still gets a little achy when I run, I’m not too hopeful that I’ll be able to best my previous time of 38-ish. But my sister and niece are running the 3K, so at least I won’t be alone this time!
I promised myself that after this one, the next race I join should be a 10K. If I train well, I might be able to do that before the end of the year. I also promised myself that I will get myself a Garmin when I’m able to run longer distances during my training runs. But, like the chicken and the egg question (which has finally been resolved by science, I heard), should I get it as a reward for having trained well or should I get it to help me with my training?
Honestly, I can’t justify getting one yet (I have my sights set on the Forerunner 405 — eep!). On the other hand, if I do get one, there would be no turning back from running. Ever. I had thought about getting a Nike+ sportband before, but then I thought it might be better to save up for a Garmin instead.
I wanted to do a long run today and I started by running slowly. I was also testing to see how my knee is doing. Well, after about 3 km I felt the familiar achy feeling so I cut my run short. I guess I need to taper for my second 5K next Sunday anyway.
I used the moisture wicking headband that I’d bought on etsy (they finally arrived!), and they worked perfectly! Didn’t feel sweat dripping over my eyes. It also helped that it wasn’t humid this morning. The sky was overcast and the air was cool. Hurray for whoever invented moisture wicking fabrics!
I ran again yesterday after my 4-day hiatus. I was out for only 30 minutes and at first I felt good, but then towards the end I felt the same dull throbbing in my right knee. And while walking during cool down the pain started getting worse. It wasn’t so bad that it made me scream, it was bad enough to not let me walk straight. So I think it’s time to go to the doctor… after I try running again tomorrow.
In other news, I got my headbands and I’m excited to use them! The lady I bought from was even kind enough to send an extra one — so instead of 2 I got 3! We had problems with the mail delivery though, and we thought the package got lost in the mail so she had to resend them. But whaddya know, a few days after emailing me that she had resent the package, I got a notice from the post office that I had to pick up the original package. So I guess I’ll have a few extras. :)
So my last run was last Saturday, and my knee started hurting halfway through the run. I thought 2 days of rest would help and I’d be able to run again today. But there’s still a lingering pain/ache whenever I bend my right knee, and also when I stand up from sitting for too long (runner’s knee?). I told myself I’d decide when I wake up this morning. Well, it still hurts a little bit, which is why I decided to take another day off. It’s frustrating, but I plan to keep running for as long as I can, so I need to take care of my body. Tried doing sun salutations instead to stretch.
Knee, please heal soon. The pavement misses my feet.
“Being hurt once is no reason to lock your heart away. Hurt heals, and if you never take chances you might never find who or what you’re looking for.”—Paula Radcliffe, My Story So Far (via mileaftermile)
During my run yesterday I thought of all the runners who died in races. It’s alarming. I thought of the guy who died at the KL marathon, the 37-year old father who died at the Milo Marathon (he was running the HM), and the 19-year old kid who died after his first fun run in Cebu. “Listen to your body.” I’ve heard that said so many times, and I guess that’s the most important thing you can do when racing.
All of that made me realize how running teaches us to be more in tune with ourselves. This is the only sport I’ve gotten into that left me totally alone with my thoughts. At first, I didn’t know what to do with all that “me” time, but now I look forward to these runs even if they’re not even an hour long. And I can’t wait till I’m able to run more than one hour, because I can’t wait to discover other things about myself.
In other, less serious, news, I may have pushed it a bit too far yesterday and now my knee hurts. I hope it’s just like the last time, which went away after a few days of rest. If it still hurts after my run on Tuesday I’m going to the ortho.
I think I need something to train for, and I’m thinking of signing up for a 10K late this year. Now that I know that 5K and running continuously for 30 minutes aren’t impossible, I’d like to be able to test my limits again. Of course, I haven’t run farther than 6 km yet, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to build up my mileage up to 10K by November. Can I do it??
Also, not exactly running-related, but I decided not to reward myself with an iPod Touch for the moment. I recently had to shell out a big amount for an Applecare, so the rewards will have to wait.
“You pretended the snooze button didn’t exist. You dragged your butt out of bed while others slept. While others ate their pancakes, you had a feast of protein, glucose and electrolytes. You double-knotted. You left the porch light on and locked the door behind you. You ran. 5ks, 10ks, 26.2 miles. Some days more, some days less. You rewarded a long run with a short run. And a short run with a long run. Rain tried to slow you. Sun tried to microwave you. Snow made you feel like a warrior. You cramped. You bonked. You paid no mind to comfort. On weekends. On holidays. You made excuses to keep going. Questioned yourself. Played mind games. Put your heart before your knees. Listened to your breathing. Sweat sunscreen into your eyes. Worked on your farmer’s tan. You hit the wall. You went through it. You decided to be a man about it. You decided to be a woman about it. Finished what you started. Proved what you were made of. Just kept putting mile after mile on your internal odometer. How much farther will you go? As far as you can.”—Best motivational Nike quote ever… |via Brian Z (via bananza) (via imoverweighting) (via deghanmay) (via runcaitierun) (via moveyourbooty) (via carpe-omnious)
It’s been a little over 4 months since I started running and I’ve noticed some subtle changes in my body. I’m not as easily tired as I used to be and my clothes fit a little bit better now. My calves are firmer and I also noticed that my tummy isn’t as flabby as it had been before. No six-packs there, but I definitely see improvement. I really, really should start cross-training! Maybe if I do that I’ll have Janet Jackson’s abs…
I weighed about 50 kg when I started but I haven’t weighed myself since. I’m not so much concerned about my weight, though. I just want to be the best runner I can be. I think the ultimate fitness test would be to take the stairs going up to our office on the 10th floor. When I did that the first time two years ago, I was gasping for air and my legs were burning by the time I reached our floor. I should do that again now that I feel a little bit fitter.
“Slow-but-sure has always worked for me, in running and in most other arenas. I wouldn’t mind being a Carl Lewis or Usain Bolt, but I’ve found little payoff in attempting to be what I’m not.”—Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World Editor At Large
So yesterday I registered myself, sister, and niece for the Rexona Run in MOA on August 1. I’ll do my second 5K, and my sister and niece will do their first 3K. I read that the course is flat and fast, which is great! Exciting business, this racing thing.