5K Challenge: Runs 3 & 4
For the first time today, I stopped for a reason other than dog poop. I’m not happy about it.
This was the third run — and I’ll skip all the excuses of why I didn’t do it on its scheduled day, but I’ll say I really wanted to do it, but went ahead and got it done one day later — and I think I felt better afterward, but not during the run, if that makes sense.
This was my final session of eight one-minute runs separated by walking periods of a minute-and-a-half. After run section six, I had to stop. It was probably just three seconds, but it was still three seconds and I feel terrible about it.
I got through the rest of the runs, though, even if I thought I couldn’t. I’m not so sure if I’ll be able to do it the next time, because then the run sessions get longer. I know it should be OK, I really do. But damn, my side hurt. It was like I had a balloon inside me on my right side.
I also think it’s time to upgrade my shoes. Next paycheck, I’m getting new shoes, I think.
Holy crap my left calf.
I limped the last 15 seconds of my final run segment today, but it was a limping jog or something, at least. I didn’t walk. And I didn’t stop. I had the same feeling today (well, not the balloon one) at just about the same spot on my run, but this time I kept going.
I did a lot more cursing of the nice woman in my iPhone today. But it’s her fault — instead of 60 second runs, they were 90 second runs with two-minute walk intervals between for a total of six run segments.
I actually felt pretty good after the first one, I ran well through that 90 seconds, felt good and then, well, when I stopped I realized it was going to be tougher. After two run segments, I was OK, but seeing that this may be a challenge. After the third, well, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. The fourth, holy hell, that sucked. I honestly wanted to check my phone, because I was sure it had been a minute, maybe minute-fifteen and she still hadn’t told me it was 45 seconds. And just when I was about to take a look, she told me I had 45 seconds remaining.
The 45-second mark was a breeze in the fifth segment, but man, on man, those last 10 seconds seemed really long. And then that got us to final run segment, where my shins didn’t hurt as much, but my left calf was nearly in full cramp mode. But again, I got through it and my five-minute cool down walk.
I think one problem I’m having is stretching. I hate stretching, always have. So far I think I’ve half-assed my stretches. Anyone have an good recommendations on how much and what kind of stretches I should do?
One thing that helped today was my cheapo armband for my iPhone. No longer was I holding my phone, but it was strapped on me, which kept me from looking down at it all the time and also wondering when I was going to drop it. It also has a little key holder, so for once I locked the door when I left (shh… don’t tell my wife I hadn’t). It was a minor thing, but it just made me feel better, and more like an official runner or something.
That brings me to the shoes. I’ve got to get a new pair of shoes. I love the ones I have, they’re running shoes and have been my walk-around shoes for a while. I looked up my order on Zappos.com and they’re from May, 2011. So, I’m guessing no matter what I’m doing, I could use a new pair. I’m planning on going Friday (after the dentist) and doing the whole go to a running store and talk to them, have my foot measured, talking about my gait and all that crap. We’ll see how it goes. Anything I should be on the lookout for?
I know it’s only been four “runs” but I’m happy that I’ve graduated to a step. Hopefully it will continue, and hopefully it will get better. But we’ll see.