Well, I finished Week 1 of Active’s 5K-to-10K program. And it was a bit tougher than I thought it would be, but it wasn’t really that bad. I had a few issues this week–asthma and terrible shoe luck–but I finished Week 1 on Monday. And I feel good about it.
The program itself was actually pretty simple:
- Day 1: 20-minute steady run
- Day 2: 10-minute jog, 3-minute tempo run, 10-minute jog
- Day 3: 30-minute steady run
I didn’t run into trouble until I hit Day 3. Now, running for 30 minutes isn’t typically a problem for me. Or it wasn’t. Since late September, I’ve been running almost exclusively outside, even if it was only once or twice a week.
But the combination of running 3-4 times a week and switching back to a treadmill and needing new running shoes really started to affect me.
My knee has been hurting me quite a bit lately, and I thought all I needed was some new shoes–my Asics have about 400 miles on them right now, and they’re really showing their wear. So when I found the comfy-enough Gel-Phoenix 4s for $30 this weekend, I thought my problems were over.
Far from it. These shoes hurt my ankles and knees so badly that I couldn’t do W1D3 at all. I pushed myself for 26 minutes, and just could not go the other 4 minutes. Honestly, it was dumb to push myself that far as badly as I was hurting.
I went ahead and hopped on Zappos and bought the Asics Nimbus 14s. I’ll wear them down by June/July and snag the 15s in time for my half, which will be groovy.
I’ve had to start puffing my albuterol inhaler again before runs, which isn’t so bad. I tried W2D1 without it today, and I still need it. No big. I even added some sprints in for good measure since it was just another 20-minute steady run.
All-in-all, complications aside, I’m really looking forward to seeing/completing the rest of the 5K-to-10K program. I feel like having the guide forces me to work harder, and by posting about it here, I’m being held accountable (even if you folks don’t really care at all).
I’ll let you know how things go with Week 2.
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