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Tea Gets Fit, Week I Don’t Even Know
cap, captain miss america
teaberryblue

So I totally fell off the fitness bus when I moved, although I bought a pair of wrist weights and have been wearing them pretty regularly.

Then last week, [info]beatonna asked for folks who would join her in a Run For Congo Women. It’s a 5k run to raise money for women in the Congo.

I know, I know, I already posted about this, but for those of you who missed it or may have just been breezing by at the time, we would be mighty happy if anyone could give our team a donation at our team donation page right there.

Anyway, it’s a 5k race. And as most of you know, I am miserably out of shape. So, when I heard about the race, I started running.

I didn’t own sneakers or any running gear, so starting the first night, I did the running exercise on the Wii Fit, which I don’t even know if that counts as real running, but I figured it was something. I started with the “long” jog on the distance run and then worked up to the 20 minute jog on the timed run. I decided that one mile on Wii Fit is probably equivalent to about one kilometer of real running. I decided that each week, I’d increase by 1K. I have until September 25, so I think this is a doable timeframe to get ready in.

On Monday, I went out and bought myself my first pair of running sneakers. They were bright pink. And then I bought running socks! But I didn’t have any appropriate running clothes, and I wasn’t sure what to do about that. Then, yesterday, I was taking a walk to where Rina told me there was a Michael’s craft store, and, lo and behold, I saw it like a beacon in a storm: a big Sports Authority sign. So I trekked over to the Sports Authority, and when I got there, they were having a MASSIVE TENT SALE in the parking lot. Hooray! Unfortunately, the tent was not for sale.

I went into the mysterious tent, and when I emerged, I had bought two sets of running clothes and it had all cost me under $50. It was like a message from the universe, telling me that I should run! I was very excited! So I was telling Brendan about it at work today and he told me where there is a public track a few blocks from my apartment. So! I went to the track today.

It was a little weird, running in front of people, but I think it was a good experience, because it wasn’t as uncomfortable as I expected once I just sucked it up and did it. It is a big park with a lot of activities in it, and so there were a lot of people of all ages, and kids using the track to ride their bikes or skate as well as joggers. In fact, for most of the time, I was the only person really jogging.

I did five laps, or 1.25 miles, which is just a touch over 2k, and then I walked a bit to cool down. It was definitely hard work, but I also felt at the end like I could have done more. And unlike high school, I wasn’t winded after one lap of running, which tells me that the exercising I’ve done all summer helped a lot. So I felt like it was doable. Next week, I’ll try to work up to 3k, which is a little under 2 miles.

My jogging clothes!

I’m still not sure about some things. Like, where do people put their keys when they’re running? I carried a little purse but it wasn’t the most practical.

All in all, though, this is a very exciting development for me!

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.


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Yaay! I'm so excited for you that you've caught the running bug!

Running outdoors, I wear a T-back that has a zippered pocket at the small of the back-- as others have mentioned, sport clothes with zippered pockets are super for keys!

General running advice, most of which you probably already know:
-Run striking heel-to-the-ground first; running on your toes will (!) give you shin splints
-Buy a new pair of inserts and throw away the ones that came with your shoes; most of the time they're just junk
-Moving Comfort makes fantastic sports bras for the larger-bust woman; they're on the expensive side but totally worth it if you end up running a lot
-This is more my personal opinion than anything-- but train to run a longer race than the one you'll actually be running. You never know what the weather conditions, etc. will be like on your race day, and if your endurance capabilities equal and exceed whatever the race requires, you'll be more than ready to handle things like an unexpected heat wave.

I'm curious about your shin splint comment -- do you have a link on that? I'd be interested to read more.

I ask because it was my understanding that heel striking is actually more correlated with shin splints. I've been running "barefoot" in Vibram Fivefingers for over a year now, which shifts your stride to what it would be if you were actually running with bare feet, so landing on the pad of your foot instead of your heel. (And not on your toes either.) I haven't had shin splints, but that obviously depends on the person and not necessarily the stride alone! I have a friend who gets them chronically. I also thought you were more likely to get shin splints if you increase mileage too quickly, so you haven't properly strengthened the muscles in your leg.

Anyway, I find shin splints a fascinating topic, clearly. ;)

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You can run in the five toe thingies?! Eeek, maybe I should get some.

Oh, interesting! When I started out as a runner, I ran on my toes and got excruciating shin splints. I trained myself to run striking heel-first after a family member explained that a) running puts a lot of stress on the area of the foot hitting the ground which the toes aren't best designed to handle, and b) most running shoes have the most cushioning in the heel area!

I took a quick look at some of the running books I own, and they say similar things. I also see from a quick Google that there's a healthy debate about which area of the foot is best to strike first on-- so my advice about heel-striking first is probably better classified as personal opinion! :)

I didn't ever see any clothes with pockets at the store!

The inserts thing I will do!
I think I will wait on sports bras till I see if I do this past the racing. But yay!
I've gotten advice both ways, people who are like "oh, only train to do 3k and you'll be fine," and people who are telling me to do longer. My goal is to have run at least a few 5k runs before the actual run, but if I can do 6k a couple times, I will!

Thank you!

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