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Ouch! My Shins!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

So, yesterday I decided-- well actually last week---to start on my journey of RUNNING.

I went to our local YMCA yesterday, hopped on the treadmill and set out on a run/walk course. My first idea was to run for one minute and then walk for two. That worked out for about 10 minutes. After that, my shins and ankles were on fire. To the point where I had to stop the run/walk cycle. I pushed the walk speed to about 3.5 or so and tried to maintain a steady pace.

I noticed that my heart rate was at 165 while running and quickly dropped to 140 within two minutes... I guess that's good. I didn't have much trouble catching my breath; What gave me trouble was breathing properly. I used to be able to establish a rhythm...it was hard to do. I'll have to work on that.

When i went home, I was TIRED of course. But, the fatigue went away once I laid down. About 3 hours later my legs began to tighten and burn again...Ug! I also woke up dying of thirst! Wow..strange things. But, all in all, I LOVED IT! I hadn't ran like that in about ummm ELEVEN YEARS! So, I'm happy that things turned out as well as they did. My legs are sluggish today, but I know that's just a part of the game!

What I would like to work on this week:
1.) Stretching/warming up my legs a more before starting.
2.) hydrate before, after, and during my run (i.e.. don't leave water bottle in the car!! LOL)
3.)Take it slow and establish my breathing rythem.
4.) Be Ubber proud of my accomplishments no matter how small (i.e. stop hating on the chick on the treadmill on the end of the row because she's running like she stole something!)

Encouraging Scripture: I can do all things through Christ...be not weary in well doing for in due season i will (BE ABLE TO RUN THAT 5K) if I faint not!

Questions for my readers:
As a beginner, should I run a little each day or take a day off?
How do you cure/prevent shin splints?
What techniques do you use for breathing?

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