Wow, I wasn’t sure I was going to make
it. Between the heat and my shins hurting I nearly gave up at 4. Finally,
my stubborn tendencies are useful. This was the first really warm run .
I’ve done. The predicted high today is 85. I started around 9 am so I
missed the real heat of the day but I was still soaked with sweat when
I got home.
I knew more than a month ago that I probably wasn’t wearing the right shoes, but it took shin-splints to get me to do anything about it. Also, last week I ran 3 times in a row on hard concrete and was punished for it in shin splints. I’ve learned that there is a lot of science involved with running shoes and I need motion control shoes – shoes that keep my feet from rolling around too much as I run. I replaced my shoes and ran on the gravel by the mall – much better.
Today, I ran along the mall. To avoid running on pavement, I took the metro to the Capital and ran along the grass and gravel to the Lincoln memorial and back. Even though the cherry blossoms are past their peak, DC is beautiful this time of year. That turned out to be shorter than I thought so I ran home from the Capital to get the last mile.
I can tell that "walk breaks" and I are going to be good friends. The marathon training program focuses on intervals of walking and running. Right now I am doing 3 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking because those two increments are on my watch timer. The marathon program likes to do things in 1:2:4 and 6 minute increments but I only have 1:3:5 and 15 on my watch. When we start the group runs, my pace group leader will keep time.
*editors note: By running a measured course in May, I discovered that all of my pedometer mileage was off for Feb/Mar/Apr by .3 miles for every mile. For example, on April 22th I thought I ran 5 miles but actually ran 5 + (.3*5) or 6.5 miles. I left the logs as originally written.