Monday, July 23, 2007

0 Run 2, Week 1 (CT5K): An Easy, Breezy Run


Today I went for a late-night run (Run 2 of Week 1, CT5K), which felt really good. There was a nice breeze in the air; it definitely didn't feel like August is approaching. (Usually summers here are really stultifying, even in the evenings, but lately the air has been really pleasant throughout the day. A nice change!) I was actually looking forward to the running parts today, & started to feel a rush right before my first few running intervals. It was weird to feel a runner's high after doing so little (i.e., the total running time is 6 minutes!), but I know it's important to be patient & not rush things (even though I might want to as a result of such surges of excitement). I definitely felt like I could do more than the prescribed 25 minutes (5-minute warm-up walk, then 6 alternating intervals of 60-second runs & 90-second walks, & then a 5-minute cool down walk), which is a really good thing. All the same, I realize that easing oneself into running is the point of the workout. Even when I was running 9 miles every other day, I would pace myself accordingly -- If it was blazing hot & humid (as it can often get in this area of the country!), I'd adjust my pace accordingly & take extra care to stay hydrated.

Speaking of which, I've been looking into running hydration systems, mostly by reading the online reviews & asking fellow runners who've used the systems about their opinions. So far, the systems that got the best reviews are the Amphipod systems and the Fuel Belt systems. I've been counseled to avoid the Camelbak systems, (i.e., hard to keep clean, they can rub & irritate your skin, or bounce too much); so unless they've changed their product line drastically, I'm apt to avoid this brand all together. At some point, I'm going to stop by our local running shop & check out the various systems...... If anyone reading this blog has tried any of these systems & would like to comment on them, please feel free to post your comments. I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Also, if any fellow runners would like to share their comments on the CT5K program, their training regimen, or any races they really love, you're welcome to do so.

A few final thoughts before I sign off: I'm thinking that I should probably add two more goals to the list:
(1) Sit-ups (to strengthen the stomach, very important for back-health & to maintain running form)
(2) Push-ups (Ugh! I hate truly hate these, but I know they are also essential.)

OK, well I wish everyone a good evening & hope you are feeling inspired to workout/run!


P.S. I've just posted my revised fitness & nutrition goals for the next two months on the right-side of the page, which includes the edits I mentioned above. What better way to break down long-term goals than into set smaller goals along the way, with shorter time-frames. That way, the progress is more fun to monitor, because each effort you make towards your goal becomes a tangible, readily achievable step!

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