Chaotic Kristy

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Training for a 5k

I’ve trained for a 5k in the past, the donut run to be exact, I’ve even made it to the 3rd week of training. I eventually dropped out because my shins hurt far more then possible to stand. I decided to try again. I started C25k (couch to 5k) a week ago and was able to stick with it. I went running on the 19th but didn’t commit to the full run, so I started over on the 20th.  This time around I have been trying to prevent my shins from hurting, but also keep up with the program. I’m not doing so great. I was able to run 3 days that week and the 3 day was brutal. I made it and it was my best time yet, but my legs hurt so bad I wasn’t sure I would make it home. My watch even stated I was working too hard. It went off every sprint, letting me know my heart rate was way too high. After that run according to my fitness app I needed to recover for 72 hours. I am hating it. I felt so lazy the first day and then bored the second. Today I didn’t even want to get out of bed.  It’s there a way to just fast forward all this struggle to the end result so I can always enjoy a run.

too much exercise

too much exercise

I have asked a few people that have trained with the c25k before to get some pointers. They told me I might be running too hard. That I should be able to talk as I run. I run by myself so I have no idea if I can talk and run, plus if I’m running how can I talk. I mean maybe they mean jog and talk. Is jogging the same as running? If so why is it called running? What’s the difference? I’ll admit my ignorance here. I am no expert in fitness, health or sports. My family has never been one to do anything healthy. Growing up I noticed my mom watching a fitness video maybe about 3 times a year. It was probably around a new years resolution. I have a younger sister and she struggles with commitment to fitness as well. Both sides of my family are obese. We have some members so wide that they could fill a small kiddy pool or a school bus seat. I’m not trying to be harsh here. I love my family and I’m not judging them for being obese. I’m just trying not to get there.

Back to my running. I’ve noticed that I run in short strides, and sometimes land flat. So I’ve changed that up a bit by forcing myself to land toe to heel. Is that any better? I doesn’t know but it does hurt my shins as much. As far as my stride goes, I haven’t been able to widen it much. I’m also fighting with tensing up my arms.

 

c25k run times week 1

c25k run times week 1

What is the best way to run? Is the C25k the best app to use? It seems a little too fast for someone literally going from couch to a 5k. I know I can start the week over, which I plan to do, but that just makes me feel like a failure.

Any tips would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Chaotic Kristy

 

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