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Just wanted to pop in and say that this is a fantastic blog. I'm currently 258lbs and just last week decided to start training towards my first 5k. I'm really excited and motivated and I'm hoping I can get some good tips from all of you pros.
I completed my first run/walk (from the C25K schedule) yesterday, and I feel like I could push myself just slightly harder. Should I go for: longer run intervals with the same speed or the same intervals with increased speed? Also, I'm heading to new balance tomorrow to get fitted for the right shoes, but I have a sore spot on the ball of my foot from yesterday. How can I keep that from becoming a full on blister? I don't want to interupt my training.
All the best!!
Hey Beauty, congratulations on starting C25k!
A few comments:
One comment besides what shipo said, about that sore spot on the ball of your foot. Potential blisters show up as "hot spots" with a burning sensation. If it's just sore, it's probably something else, possibly a result of old shoes, maybe from pushing too hard, tough to tell. Keep track of it and let us know more details if it doesn't go away.
Looks like I, temporarily at least, rejoined this club...
At my annual physical on Tuesday I weighed in at 195, so all was well there, however, less than 24 hours later (with 12 miles of running in between), my company had their annual health screening event, and by that scale I was 204. The "by the book" medical technician gave me a stern talking to about being "obese" (my BMI was 31, per her estimate), and insisting I do what everything possible to get down to less than 25 (which means I'd have to weigh 164 or less). I informed her that I felt the BMI calculation was a bunch of crap, and for many-many people, a completely innacurate means of measuring relative health. "Well," she said, "this is the established method we use and you're obese."
My response was terse, "Ma'am, the next time I'll weight less than 165, I'll be rotting in my grave."
Oh well, guess I'll have to run 3,000+ miles this year so that maybe next year I can have a sub-30 BMI, at least then I'll only be "overweight".
Hello everyone... update...
just completed my 2nd 10K this year on 2-1-14 (1st one was 1-11-14 1:08:48). My time was 1:02:50 clock time still waiting on my chip time. I'm very excited to see that i improved my time by about 6 mins eventhough im not running as i should be.... this coming weekend ( 2-9-14 ) I have my first half-marathon ever!!! WISH ME LUCK GUYS!! Any advise for a first timer is more than welcomed....
San Juan, TX
Congratulations on the improvement; unless you started at the front of the pack (or if the race was really small), there's a pretty good chance you broke an hour for the 10K.
As for advice on how to run your half, that would depend upon what you're after (running just to finish, or racing to beat a particular time or person), and what your last six months of training has looked like. Give us a few more details and I'm sure we'll be able to formulate some advice.
My goal for the 1/2 is just to finish the race nonstop...as for training: haven't been doing a lot of running... most of my training consists of Crossfit circuit work outs.... I've felt really good on my 10K's... I don't think i've felt this good since high school (class of 97).
San Juan, TX
Hmmm, color me concerned. Why? Unless you've been putting real miles on a road or, heaven forbid, a treadmill, no amout of crossfit will prepare your body for the rigors of running a half marathon. The fact is, nothing prepares the bones, ligaments, tendons, and joints to endure the rigors of running a half marathon like running. So while your muscular and cardiovascular systems may be conditioned well enough to propell you 13.1 miles down the road, the rest of your biomechanical infrastructure is probably in a poor state of preparation for such a distance. Long story short, while you may well be able to run 6.2 miles without doing too much damage, running more than twice that distance makes you a candidate for injury.
Were I in your shoes, I would either give myself permission to alternate walking and running for this weekend's half marathon, or I would skip it, do more training, and do another half later on.
Sorry for the not so encouraging advice.
Not at all.... I'm glad your telling me this now that i still have the chance to either opt-out of the race or like you said go with the alternating walking and running plan.... So THANK YOU VERY MUCH SHIPO!!, it means a lot to have people that have been/are in my shoes and have the knowledge and are willing to share with others. Thank you everyone.... Keep running, Keep living!!
J. Gilberto Rodriguez
San Juan, TX
Shipo always has good advice and very willing to share, and if I had listened to my body i wouldn't have been sidelined for the last 2 months. Increase distnace ans especially speed very slowly. but keep running
Yes, always good avice CynceRN...I always read through them everytime a new person joins. I'm still debating on whether or not to skip the race on sunday. My goal is not to post an awesome time but to finish the race.
My knee has felt good for a week. I am thinking about a nice trail walk tomorrow. and I have to join that Y and hit the pool....but the Olympics started yesterday......so many things to do and so little time....and life is so short
Shipo: Hows your weather? Horses have cabin fever? Mine are looking good but I was doing farm chores in the pouring rain this AM. Sometimes I think snow would be better.
Happy running everybody...lots of LSD and no injuries.
The weather is a little cool this morning; it was -7°F when I fed them breakfast so I had to keep them in for the second day of the last three (we had over a foot of snow on Wednesday). If things warm up enough by noon I'll shoo them out of the barn and watch them cavort around the pasture in the snow.
Regarding LSD, I've been keeping it really long, really slow, and really out of doors (snowmobile trails and such), and last week I was rewarded with several personal bests:
So much for old man Winter!
Hello everyone..... here's an update.....
Yesterday ( 2-9-14 ) I ran my very first half-marathon. Shipo, i thought about your advice up until 5 minutes before the start of the race. When i got there i was a little nervous and was really considering not running. I decided to run after all and was going to run as you suggested ( alternating running and walking ) at a slow pace. Once the race started i got into a very comfortable pace and I wanted to at least run the first 6 miles all the way and then implement the running and walking. Long story short... I ran the entire half-marathon with a time of 2:29:44..... at the end I was feeling very accomplished and glad it was over.... I'm really proud of myself. Next race...... 5K in March..... Keep Running Keep Living!!!!
J. Gilberto Rodriguez
San Juan, Tx