[The above is a lyric from my fave Snow Patrol song - Run. I highly suggest you download it immediately if you've never heard of it!]
I've been thinking a lot about my running lately. It's been a SLOW process... When I was 21, picking up running was challenging, but doable. I quickly made my way to running 5ks on a regular basis, and the farthest I got in my half-marathon training was an 8-mile run. EIGHT MILES. In all honesty, I can't believe my body ever did that. And I remember that run like it was yesterday! It was done at the TCU gym (where my ex-boyfriend went to college), and I watched TV the entire time, haha. When I got back to the dorm, my then-boyfriend said, "I CANNOT believe you just ran 8 miles." My thoughts exactly... but I did it.
Do I think I'll ever be able to run 8 miles again? Honestly, I've no idea. I'm not going to try either, at least not right now. I'm taking things very slowly. My 27-year old body does not like the idea of running too far too soon too fast, so I'm not letting it. That being said, I do like having goals and have considered following a 10k training plan. We'll see... for now, I'm just taking it day by day.
Psst! Check out my new kicks!
As soon as I got news of my job offer, I immediately headed to JackRabbit, a store devoted to running. (Running shoes were #1 on my list of "Post-Offer Purchases." Yes, I made a list.) They take their time with shoe fittings! The guy who helped me was super nice. I explained that I was trying to ease my way back into running after a 5-year hiatus. He had me run on a treadmill while he observed and recorded my gait. Apparently, I'm a stable runner - holler! Then we tried on a bunch of shoes, and he had me run on the treadmill in each one. Finally, I decided between 2 pairs: Brooks and Asics. I went with the Asics (more specifically, the Asics Gel Cumulus 12) - they are roomier in the toe and tighter in the heel, which I like. Plus, my former pair of running shoes are Asics as well so I figured it was a safe choice. The shorts are also new - I needed a pair that had a place to hold my keys since I was sick of doing this. They are ADIDAS and dark fuchsia - I love 'em!
One thing I've noticed is that as much as I love running outside, I get UBER thirsty whilst doing it, especially as I increase my speed and distance. I asked my fellow tweeters for suggestions/advice, and they were so helpful! One option was to run in loops so I could keep a water bottle somewhere, but because I run along the West Side Highway, that's not really an option. Another option I considered was to bring cash and purchase a bottle of water from one of the vendors along the road, but I hate the idea of buying a plastic water bottle. Yet another option would be to get a gadget, like a water belt. But I hate the idea of something being around my waist - I fear it will slide down and/or pull down my shorts - no bueno! In the end, I decided to try the Camelbak. It's gotten great reviews, it was on sale, and it's PINK! What's not to love? I felt kinda silly buying such a "hardcore" item, seeing as I'm a completely novice runner, but eh... whatevs. If I want to run outside, I've got to have water!
I've also noticed that I need rest days between my runs, which is surprisingly hard to do. Now that I'm actually excited about my runs, I want to do them every day. Not good. My endurance significantly decreases on the 2nd of the 2 back-to-back days.
Are you a runner? How long did it take you to easily run 3 miles? 5 miles? 8 miles? 26.2 miles?? Any advice/suggestions for a novice runner?