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725 Views 0 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2010 8:37 PM by saratogaslim RSS
saratogaslim Rookie 4 posts since
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Jul 18, 2010 8:37 PM

First 5k, super fun! Now to keep going...

Wow, now that was awesome!  I ran in my first one on Friday, the Run for the Gulf 5k in Arlington, VA.  I used the C25k starting in early May for the most part, with some variation towards the end, and what a blast. Everyone was so nice, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere of just going out and having a good time and doing your best.  It was a head index of high 90s but I'm glad I went anyway!  I can't wait for  my next one...already registered for a couple.

 

I have really hit a few road blocks, I've got rotten knees from old running days in HS (track and XC), and my other sports, about which I'm pretty serious.  I think what helped me a ton, and will continue to help, is getting a gym membership and augmenting my running with low or no impact exercise as well.  If I am really feeling battered, it was just as easy to drive up the road and have a good elliptical workout as it was to run...even if not as fun.  I really do find the different exercises enjoyable, though.

 

That said, I would really like to hear about what people with chronic injuries do to keep going.  I already have done injections in the not-so-distant past, and they do help, but obviously not something to do regularly.  Sometimes I wear a ring brace, but I don't feel a lot of difference.  Does anyone have any experiences with good exercises, stretches, etc?  Magic bullets?   I'd love to hear!

 

Also, I would like to plan to do a 10k or two in the fall.  I was looking at Hal Higdon and would love to know people's thoughts/experiences on beginner 10k programs.

 

Happy running, even in this gross heat!!

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