Monday, February 20, 2012

Ready For My 10k!

I was so pleased with myself this past Saturday, I ran 6.2 miles! Last week, I mailed my entry form in for the 10k in Florida. Since I know I will be acclimating myself to getting back outside off the treadmill and to the warmer weather, I really wanted to get a run in going the full 10k distance before we left. As I'm going these longer distances, I'm realizing a lot of this doubt is in my head. It has also become very apparent it is time for me to get a new pair of running shoes. I don't really like the idea of getting a new pair so close before this race, but my shoes are really bothering my feet. I found a new pair yesterday, so I'm really hoping they work out! Four more days until we leave, I'm so looking forward to our trip!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Running Injury

Endurance-wise, I've been feeling great on my longer runs, and really trying to add distance. This past weekend, I made it to 5.5 miles. Unfortunately, my body is not taking to this too well. I've been incorporating weight training in during the week. A week and a half ago, I hurt my hip lifting weights, and apparently haven't been resting it enough. After each of my runs, my hip is really aggravated, especially the day or two following. The hard part with the resting is that actually running on it doesn't hurt, it's afterwards that I notice it. After this past Saturday's run, I was in quite a bit of pain Sunday morning. This did not bode well for my first 10k I'm hoping to run in a couple weeks. I would really like to get in a couple 6-mile runs in before the race. After researching on the internet, I believe it is my iliotibial band that I hurt (tissue that runs along the outside of the thigh from the hip to the lower knee). I found some stretches and tried them. Whether it was the stretching or not, I noticed it was feeling much better later in the day. I'll be taking three days off and I hope it's enough, I'll be ready to get a run in come this Wednesday!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

4 More Weeks To Add A Mile

While we're on vacation in Florida, I found a race at a nearby beach. They have both a 5k and a 10k and while my goal is to run a 10k this year, I wasn't sure I would be ready to time for this one. Last month, after I returned home from my business trip, I started working on adding distance. Two weeks ago, I ran 4 miles and last week, I wanted to add a little bit more to this. I wasn't feeling too bad during this run, so I decided to just keep going and made it 5 miles. I was really happy about this. So, yesterday, I added another 0.2 miles. Only 1 more mile to add before the 10k next month in Florida!