So, I signed up for a women only 5K this past Saturday. It was billed as run/walk, you could do either or both. I decided I would racewalk it just so I could get an idea of where I am for the 6K up in Los Angeles in April. I did it in 42:53, 13.50/M! Not too bad. I have to admit it really made me feel good to pass the run/walkers and I even passed a couple of joggers. It was really fun passing the ones that were much younger than me! Yeah, I said it. All in all, it was a really fun event and made me pretty confident for training to start on Monday the 22nd and get ready for the 6K walk in April.
Then. I got up the next day.
So, when people tell you to stretch before and after working out, they're not kidding. Especially when you're doing a pace or length you're not used to. O. M. G. I was SO sore. I even went to the gym with my husband and couldn't manage a sloooow walk on the treadmill. I stretched for the entire hour. It was brutal. Please. I beg of you. Stretch. Warm up. Your muscles will thank you.
I did realize if I can walk that pace for 5K, there's no reason I can't slowly jog that far. I decided to try it out this week. I woke up early and attempted to jog a two mile stretch in my neighborhood, fully expecting to have to walk about 1/2 mile in. Not at all! I jogged 95% of it. I took a short break coming up a hill on the way back and a short piece at the end. I was pretty pleased with myself. It was slooow but it was farther than I've jogged/run without stopping in a long time. Yes, I stretched when I got home. And I'm only a little sore today. Going back out tomorrow to see if I cam improve my time/endurance.
Keep going! And stretch!