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.
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.
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.