April 9, 2010 by 8junebugs
This running thing continues. Every other day, I get up early and run for 30 minutes (31, if you count the first level of cooling down, which I do at my slooow running pace). Generally, I do 5 to 10 minutes at 3.5 mph, then go to 3.6. I work in 5 to 10 minutes at 4.0 mph and always end with 2 minutes at that pace. It’s sort of intervally, but not too structured.
These days, I usually set the program to random hills. It’s less boring. I know I could take it outdoors, where the view changes, but I like the structure of the treadmill. I listen to music when I run and I always want to run with the beat of whatever song is playing. I can control that better on a treadmill. Because I still have no desire to run fast.
Now that this has become a serious habit (as in, running days are always better than non-running days), I want to hear from y’all:
What’s your favorite gear? Shoes, pants, sports bras…whatever (actually, especially sports bras — losing weight means mine fit less well, so owie). I do buy running shoes from running stores, I promise — they test them and fit them properly (except for that last pair). I’m just curious, and I’m going to be switching up soon.
What’d you do to your knees/hips/feet? I know a lot of people who’ve “blown out” their knees, and I want to know how it happened. If I may be so blunt, please tell me what happened to you so I can try to avoid it. Right now, everything’s fine. I’d like to keep it that way. I know there’s only so much I can do…but I also know at least one marathon runner who’s managed to keep her knees, and that gives me hope.
How often do you run, and for how long? I’m getting to the point where I want to add time, but I may correlate any responses here to injury stories. Adding time is problematic — I’m a morning runner and I’m already in my building’s fitness room half an hour before it’s technically open (management is aware and it’s all at-your-own-risk anyway). Adding time means getting up earlier, which I could do…except that’d mean actually enforcing the early bedtime I’m not observing these days.
Well? What ya got?