It's hard to fake it sometimes. I can't hide my tomato-red face when I'm done running or my dorky iPhone arm band. I run in pants unless it's 80 or warmer and I have absolutely no idea how many ounces my shoes weigh. But...if there is one thing I share with "real athletes" it's the desire to be better and stronger. The desire to run faster and longer. And best of all, the desire to set big goals and reach them. My cousin Suzy and my friend Amy both ran 1/2 Marathons this weekend and that is just incredible to me. Right now, the idea of running 13.1 miles seems impossible. But...less than a year ago I thought the idea of running 3.1 miles was impossible.
When I first started the Couch to 5K program last summer, I wasn't able to run longer than a minute without having to walk. I actually posted about my little jogging experiment here and decided that was the day to start my adventures in running. And then 3 months later, I ran my first 5K with a time of 31:16 (10:05 pace per mile).
Since then, I have completed two more 5Ks and an 8K. I wish I could say that I set a new Personal Record for myself in one of those races, but I haven't. I can only guess that my 4 month running break over the holidays (and the extra 5 pounds I gained) is to blame for that. But complaining about my lack of motivation isn't going to get those 5 pounds off my thighs or another minute off my pace. I just need a new goal and a new plan. If I can go from running .1 miles to 3.1 in a summer, surely I can get to 6.2 miles this summer and be able to run my first 10K before the season is over. I would also LOVE to set a new PR for myself (you know...like a 5K under 30 minutes?!!). And then someday...waaaaaaayyyy down the road...maybe I can plan for a 1/2 marathon of my own. Yikes!
So...The Plan. For starters, I am going to start fresh just like I did when I started the Couch to 5K by getting a new pair of running shoes. Believe it or not, I have logged the 300 miles necessary to deem me ready for a new pair. Like everything else in my life, I have researched the shit out women's running shoes and I don't believe I am any closer to finding the "perfect" pair. But considering my underpronation and need for cushion (according to the guru at the running store), I am down to two options:
The shoes I have been running in the past year are Nikes and I have had no problems with them, which kind of makes me want to stick with the brand. Plus, I use the Nike chip with my iPhone and I love that it just fits right under the sole of the shoe. BUT...there are so many amazing reviews for the GEL-Nimbus 13s that I am wondering if it wouldn't hurt to try something new. Any advice from you lady runners out there??
In addition to searching for new running shoes, I also started my new program this weekend. I decided to do the Bridge to 10K since I already had the app downloaded from when I tried to start it this winter (haha). I am also going to follow along with another 10K training program that incorporates cross-training with pliates and walking. I like the idea of just going out for a nice long walk every so often, especially since I can drag my mom, dad or Dana with me :-) I completed Day 1, Week 1 yesterday and it felt really good! Hopefully I will still feel that way after my next two runs this week :-)
I am sure it gets old reading about running shoes and fitness goals on my blog all the time, but I desperately need this for motivation. So for those of you that read this entire post, I heart you. Thanks for the support. And for those of you that didn't make it through...well...thanks for nothing. Haha!
Hope you all had a great weekend!