My road to running…
I’m a “beginner”… again!
I have been away from consistent running for many, many years and it is hard thinking of myself as a beginner again. Knowing that injuries come from piling on the mileage too soon and overuse it is necessary to be in the beginner mindset. I find that the easiest way to get motivated and keep progressing is to have a plan.
I started out slowly on the C25K plan (couch to 5k), great training program to go from walking/running to running a full 30 minutes without stopping. I enjoyed seeing my progress go from “ugg, is this 90 seconds of running over YET” to “wow, that 10 minute run went by too fast” to “ah… a nice long 30 minute run, feels good”.
When I was coming upon the end of the C25K plan, I began researching what I was going to do to continue my progress. I looked at the B210K (bridge to 10k), but it felt like I would be taking a step backwards with my progress of running 30 minutes without a break as B210K was a run/walk plan. I really liked having the app on my phone to help me, I found RunKeeper and started using it. It was free, included logging workouts, tracking with GPS, and some training plans. I started with the Beginner 5k, which seemed like a good place to begin after the C25k.
I am now in week 4 of the Beginner 5k training plan and I am feeling like a stronger runner. I remember what I loved about running. My LSD (long slow distance) runs… now only 4ish miles are like going to my happy place. I know I must temper the desire to go longer with the need to add mileage slowly.