Running is hard. Yeah. Who knew?
So for those of you that don’t realize it, you cannot approach distance running like derby. A mile is not a jam. My first impulse is to run my ass off get an amazing pace and push right to the very end. I learned very quickly over the last 3 weeks, in my first unofficial ventures into distance running, that this is NOT a good plan. After spending the last week icing my shins, limping around and cursing my shin splints I have decided to take the advice of every running article I have read and ease myself into this thing.
I am lucky enough to have to men in my life who have a wealth of running and biomechanics knowldge. Jason has written up a running schedule for me, which I have been informed I actually have to follow. So no more “oops I accidently ran an extra 2 miles” this time. Rick has been coaching me through the whole shin splints business and has informed me that I apparently run improperly. Like a good derby girl, I asked him “well can’t I just run anyways and just grit my teeth through it?” He gave me the same answer he always does since he knows I probably won’t listen if he tells me to stay off it for a few weeks. “Let pain be your guide,” he says. Sigh, ok…
So now the quest to run properly has begun. After a week of rest and a timid walk with Teresa 2 days ago, today was the official start of my training. I am stoked. I take it easy, dont push it and 4 miles later, I feel pretty good. Granted I am learning to take care of my body a bit better. Icing my shins as I type this.
I am stoked about this whole new year, new you, do what scares you venture. I have put a lot on my plate over the last 9 months and I feel like I have pushed my own training, nutrtion, self to the side. Well this year is all about me. Thats right. I’ll say it. It’s about being the best I can be as an athletes, a health coach, a friend, a person. It’s on and here’s where I start.
My goal: lose 25lbs by March 31st, run 13.1 miles on March 27th (which will be promptly followed by skating an all-star game on that same day I might add). Whats on the line: My hair. My beloved long wonderful hair. If I dont hit both goals by the specified dates… snip snip bye bye hair.