yup it happend, i'm sore. sore mostly in the calves but certainly nothing i can't deal with. and in fact, it was worse yesterday right after running, and now, this morning, i feel way better than i thought i would.
if only i had known all it would take for me to look forward to and maintain a running regime was to enter a race, my goodness, i would have done it years ago.
i went on my 1st 30 minute run yesterday. the temperature was 22f/ -6c but feels like 9f/ -14c which is pretty darn cold. but as previously mentioned, cold is no longer a factor in me going out to run. but 9deg f is really just a tad too cold isn't it? so i decided to try running at the pettit center. my $4 bought me a track to run around. the track is around an ice rink which is around a hockey ?rink? so as you would imagine, though not me, it didn't occur to me at all, its a touch chily in there too. and you would be right. thanks goodness i assumed that i would need a long sleeved top to warm up in, as i almost didnt bring anything bar a tshirt. that would have been a mistake. yes it was above freezing in there but not by much. i didn't take off my long sleeved top and was certainly not hot. it actually made for a not so bad running environment. one thing that bugged me though, was that there were no changing rooms, or at least, i got directed to the womens loo when i asked where i could change. kinda nasty, getting changed in a loo, even if i did choose to use the disabled one so i had some room and didn't drop my clothes or ipod down the loo.
so the track is 433m and i ran around it 11 times, (and walked once - half to warm up, half to cool down). that makes just under 3 miles. so yesterday, i alomst ran a 5k. i felt ok. my conversational pace would have been a bit of a huffy conversation, had i anyone to talk to. but it felt that i maintained the same speed. and though not really accurate, i ran a ten minute mile. so the question is, how fast can i get in 6 weeks?
im a little torn though on what to do. the first week of my schedule states i should do a 1 mile jog on saturday. that would be the 4th (active) day of the schedule, and i did copy the schedule from someone in the know and modified it a bit. but a 1 mile jog is a ten minute run. that doesn't seem like a lot. and especially when its a weekend run. but then i don't want to over do it. i was trying to be really strict with the plan as the one thing i learnt from reading up on training, it to take it easy in the beginning, or you will over do it and want to quit. well, i can't see myself quitting, i understand that with exercise, sometimes comes pain, and i actually like that, it means you have worked. so i'm torn, torn between the perhaps a too light schedule and wanting to run more on the weekend but still keeping to my plan. i'm still rather eager to become a runner, all this working your way up is, well....dragging. i can be a little inpatient sometimes.