Today I started training my Mom for her first 5K. She is very passionate about autism and wants to run for autism speaks. For her, I downloaded the 5K app from Jeff Galloway, former Olympian and runDisney trainer. His method works by taking walk breaks as needed, ensuring that you’ll finish strong.
I got her on the road, wearing my half marathon tech shirt and all, Pandora on the iPhone, Nike Run app on and ready to go. She followed the program warming up with a walk for 3 minutes, then alternating running one minute, walking one minute for a total of 20 minutes. I am training for a run next weekend so I ran and kept coming back to her, making sure she was okay.
We did five miles. Woohoo!!!
Came home and drank lots of water, had some polenta and Swiss chard for dinner and a kind soul dropped off some cherry water ice from Rita’s to top this lovely day off.
Now for my run…I walked the first 5-10 minutes with Mom, gave her the instructions and then took off on my own. I ran my first mile at a 9:59 mm pace, at times getting as fast as a 8:45 mm for about 1/4 mile or so. Mile 2 and I started taking a bit of walk breaks for about 30 seconds or so (didn’t pack water or Nuun) to catch my breath and continued on. I passed some hills and I spoke to them, told them I wasn’t afraid of them and I ran up those hills. After about mile 4, my hips were hurting and I walked the rest of the way home.
I stretched, I rolled with the massage stick, got a foot massage and now some ibuprofen. I’m starting to think it’s my running form that’s keeping me from running pain-free. Three pairs of expensive running shoes and no difference whatsoever.
Time to rest; good night!