Running Diary: Week 4

If you read last week’s diary, you know two things; 1) @laizey_bones got new running shoes and 2) my running shoes are trashed after over a year of use. And if you know me at all you have to have guessed what happened this week… That’s right! I got new running shoes.I also picked up a pair of the Flyknit LunarEpics. I have loved my original LunarEpic Highs and know that they really work for me. Everyone I asked reinforced this choice.

Monday’s run was the last one in my old shoes. It was fine. A pretty standard run for me at this stage. I was getting frustrated with the fact that it is still really hard for me to keep running and not stop and that my average pace is not going down.

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New LunarEpics! Happy with this choice.

On Wednesday I wasn’t feeling the greatest but tried going for a run anyway. It was only a success because I made it out – I did not run the 4k I had planned, I ended up walking a lot, my lungs hurt and I just overall felt kinda bad. And still frustrated! I decided to do some research and learned that I might be over-striding and pushing myself to run too fast. The second thing is something I sort of figured but ignored because I like to push myself. The over-striding thing was new news and made a lot of sense to me.

Thursday I had a new goal – run 2k straight, no stopping. I would not care about the pace or the time or anything but running straight through. I also focused on shorter strides. Shorter, much, much slower strides. For most of the run I felt like I was barely moving at all! I watched the time on Nike+ Run Club and saw it tick past 2k. I kept going. In total, I managed 3k without stopping! This is a HUGE improvement and feels amazing. My average pace was actually down significantly because I didn’t walk at all. I even felt like I could keep going! This was the best run I have had so far and I couldn’t wait to try for 4 and 5k straight.

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Friday was just as good, I ran 3.5k with absolutely no issues. So I set a big goal for Sunday – run 5k. I didn’t worry about time or pace or anything but putting one foot in front of the other and finishing. It was a beautiful morning and the run felt great. I made it with no issues once again. Of course now, sitting on my couch I am thinking that I could have totally run for longer. Probably best not to push myself that hard!

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I think the thing that has made this running challenge so successful is the sheer amount of walking I do, and have done, for the past several years. I am used to walking up to 10k in a day and often walk that straight. My legs are used to that impact and speeding it up a little has only been a (relatively) minor adjustment.

Next week’s goals: Faster 5k next Sunday. PB on a 1k during the week.

 

 

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