May 08, 2012

I ran cross country in high school. My mother - bless her heart - required that my brother and I participate in a sport so as to maintain a certain level of physical fitness. I'll admit: I am not a natural runner. Although I'd love to have the body I had in high school, even back then, running was rough. I threw up during or after most meets, got shin splints every season, and plantar fasciitis, which is technically inflammation but it feels like the tissue on the bottom of your foot has been torn into painful little pieces.

I tried a gym membership. That did not work me for. So here I am, running again.

It's going okay. I did feel the twinge of shin pain about three runs in, but I've been focusing heavily on stretching my shins before and after, with a degree of success and relief from pain. I am still combining running with walking, but I will say that I seamlessly transitioned from running 2 min, walking 2 min into running 3 min, walking 2 min. I've started to decrease the walking to 1 min and that's been rough. But I will say this - since I quit smoking, started eating more healthfully, and started running - I can feel a change in my body. I can see it, too!

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  1. I should try this strategy, I guess. Starting slow and doing intervals sounds good to me. Do you have a stopwatch?
    Also, REALLY glad to see that you got yourself some decent running shoes!
    Keep it up, sweetheart.

  2. I DO have a stop watch, but the iPhone has a number of running apps which track my distance and speed and cue me at designated intervals. Pretty handy.


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