Failing - 2
Hutch - 0
In October I decided to try again, signing up for the local Fleet Feet No Boundaries group. Putting myself in the run/walk group initially, I struggled with breathing and keeping a manageable pace. After my trip to Kentucky though something just clicked. I switched to the running group and a week later I ran a complete 4 miles, outdoors, for the first time ever! I'm not sure I've ever experienced a high like that before. I don't even know how to explain it. My body definitely surprised me.
Since then I've completed 6 miles with the training group and ran my first 5K. I understand why they say your race pace will be entirely different than how you train. I took almost 30 seconds off my mile pace that day and have managed to maintain on my shorter runs since.
I've already signed up for the Shamrockin' Half Marathon in March and of course the training group, which starts in January. This month I'm focusing on strengthening my legs and the nagging IT band issues. The quad roller (part of the Trigger Point set) is my new favorite torture device. If you have any kind of ITB or tightness issues toss the foam roller and use this. When I went in for Fleet Feet's trigger point class, the instructor said "If you haven't found religion yet, you will tonight." Um, yes. He was right.
|Ignore the lint, my carpet's a collector.|
I may only be running 1-2 days/week right now, but I itch to put on my shoes and get outside almost every day. It's official, whatever bit Cathy has come after me too!
I'm a runner.
|And I have pretty shoes! Yes, my feet are freakishly small.|