I am a new runner. I am painfully stumbling and fumbling my way through learning the ins and outs, do’s and don’ts of this lifestyle.
So far, not so good.
FIRST MISTAKE: In a cheap (and so stupid) ditch effort to save some money (full time nursing school zaps your moola) I’d been running in used, worn and tired shoes.
SECOND MISTAKE: I did not have strong legs going in to this (I’m building strength by running, right????)
THIRD MISTAKE: I was going to start my cross-training within the next week, but really had to start a month ago.
Right now I am currently bumming what I believe is tendinitis… one pretty nasty case in my Right knee, and a mild come and go one in my left. Today marks 9 days off from running. I’m going crazy, especially with the power exhibited behind the runners throughout the world in response to Boston. I want to show my support and channel my emotions and grow strong, But I gotta do what I gotta do.
RICE is my friend. (and… dare I say it……….. my legs are feeling better!)
Here is what I’ve learned so far…….
#1- DO NOT WEAR CHEAP SHOES!!!!!!!! You get what you put into your workout, unfortunately, and I used crap shoes and got CRAP KNEES because of it. APPARENTLY….. when you run, your knees take on 2-3 TIMES your body weight, one at a time. (Doing the math in my head…. carry the two…..) that means for me personally, at a ‘cough’ healthy 195 pounds, my poor poor knees each take on a mere 585 pounds with each step. That’s the equivalent of my one little knee carrying the weight of a male lion. I’m talking the f*ing King of the Jungle.
The cushioning technology in running shoes offset the weight, absorbing 2.5 times the weight of the lion, reducing the force emitted on the cartilage of the knees. The Wedding Singer is flashing in my head right now…
“Things that could’ve been brought to my attention YESTERDAYYYY”
(I’m just kidding. I take full responsibility for my dumbass attack)
SOLUTION: Get fitted for a pair of shoes based on your running gait, and have it professionally done at a place like:
They know what they’re doing. They will watch and often videotape how you run, analyze and examine your gait and match you with shoes perfect for your individual step. If you are in Melbourne, Florida and need a really great (and I mean really, really great) running store experience, check them out. Heck, check them out anyway, right meow. Ever heard of the Space Coast Marathon? That’s them. (They are also my wonderful cousins, who I don’t talk to nearly enough but think of all the time)
I grew up on Florida’s gorgeous space coast
and dream of running the Space Coast Marathon someday, and am going to train for the Half this DECEMBER. I live in Northern Ohio (I can spit and hit Lake Erie, no really) and am so envious of their beautiful weather all the time, and the million and a half 5ks every weekend down there. I took the weather for granted when I lived there, and wish I had been into running when I lived there. Maybe someday I’ll move back (My hubby LOVES it there, but is fearful a hurricane will sink the peninsula)
I’ve never been to RoadRunner Sports, but my friend and I are going to take a road trip down there this summer to get me refitted for shoes (I’m an Ariel) The downfall is the closest one to us (and the only one in the STATE for that matter) is in Columbus, about a 3 hour drive. But apparently it’s worth it! (Still, if you’re in Florida, make the trip to my beautiful homeland and check out the Running Zone and run in one of their 5ks, they are so good and family oriented)
I’ve been researching tips how to not SUCK when I get back on the road, and find myself on Cool Running’s site… Here are their tips for narrowing down the most appropriate shoe for you (It’s a rundown of your foot and step characteristics, what to expect when you are professionally fitted, and some technical jargon so you’re not standing there with your thumb up your nose while the sales associates talk to you.)
MISTAKE #2: STRENGTHEN THOSE THUNDER THIGHS
Again, a huge mistake thinking I could nail jello to a tree. I have relatively strong legs, but not enough to compensate for my sh*tty shoes. Or the lion.
Again, my couch-bound ass has scoured the internet trying to figure out what I did wrong, and how to not F it up again. Here’s what I’ve come up with, it’s really quite simple.
Your knee is a hinge, surrounded by strong leg muscles. In order to support your knee (and lion) you need to have a strong foundation to prevent common running injuries. The quads and hamstrings help keep your knee in proper alignment, preventing torque injuries.
I AM NOT A DOCTOR, NOR AM I SWEARING BY THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
Take it for what it’s worth, do your own research, try what’s best for you. This is what I’ve found…
SOLUTION: Active.com has a section on exercises used to strengthen the hip flexors (a common weak link for many runners) and leg muscles…
MISTAKE #3- Cross Train!
This basically reiterates #2, strengthen the muscles in those legs, work muscles not used while running, and help prevent injuries!
I am going to start elliptical training, and once the WONDERFUL Ohio weather decides to snap the F out of it and warm up, I’ll go across the street and swim in the Lake. People in Ohio don’t really have swimming pools (at least no one I know) and the local high schools want to charge be a rotten $200 for a pool pass. Harumph. I’ll swim in the lake. I also love to BIKE!!! So there’s my cross-training.
Now…. all that information is there…. I JUST HAVE TO DO IT.
And remember- I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun!
Run Strong my friends!
So, I really have no clue what I’m doing as far as running goes. I have a pretty good idea, I think, but lack a lot of the knowledge and essential garb for truly embracing the lifestyle. That’s okay, for now… I don’t know what a technical shirt is, (Anyone wanna field that one?) And chafing balm? I would’ve found that one out the painful way. I run in worn out sneakers (which my knees are thanking me for….) But like I said, I am shooting for June. In June the heavens will open up with beautiful singing angels and I will be able to start purchasing the necessities of running.
Until then…….. Does anyone have a good list of stuff I can’t live (or run) without? What products work best for you, and which ones I shouldn’t give a second glance?
Oh yes, since this blog is supposed to be about posting my workouts, I shall post yesterday’s run…
I am doing the couch to 5k and since I don’t have one of those “Smart Phones” (I truly live in the stone age) I scoured the internet to find an intervals podcast to download on my Ipod. Check out DJ Beatsmith’s Podrunner Intervals, the music is upbeat and motivating, and I love not having to glance at my ipod every 3 seconds and try to calculate how long it’s been, and when I need to switch from running to walking… (EPIC FAIL)
So, yesterday was Week 2, Day 2, and the set was 28 min long. I did amazingly well, considering I’d taken 3 days off and I’m only into my second week. I felt like I could’ve continued running (and I probably should have).
I love the clarity of mind you get from running, and I was laughing like a hyena when I realized I’d completed the workout already (Runner’s high, anyone?). The accomplishment (although minute to you seasoned runners) amazes me. I can’t believe it’s only been 2 weeks since day 1, when I swear I was going into cardiac arrest on the side of the road (Picture a puddle of a girl lying in a gutter, pounding on her chest screaming “It’s OKAY, I know CPR”).
I am using the ever-so-popular Couch to 5k program to get my butt into shape, currently I’m on week 2, day 2. Week 2 consists of a 4 minute warm up followed by alternating walking for 2 minutes and jogging for a minute and a half. It’s getting easier, even with the wind as biting as it is!
Yesterday my husband and I put one of our dogs to sleep, Spike. He and his brother, Atlas, (along with 4 other viable pups) were born into our hands as their mother died. We raised these two from birth- we were all they knew, they were our children. The two were inseparable….
It is extremely devastating to us and my heart breaks for our remaining dog, who looks to the back door at every noise, waiting for his brother to return…
Which brings me back to today’s run. It was special to me, my first run since he passed, and I knew he was running with me, pushing me further and harder. He will always run by my side now, my new running partner.