Saturday, March 27, 2010

spring training

This week Tammy found a 10K race on May 29 and we are going to register! Yahoo!

I can't believe I'm actually excited about this. Me, turning into a runner? I was literally allergic to running in high school. I got hives - excercise-induced urticaria - but these somehow subsided several years ago. I never would have expected to be bitten by the running bug (but partly can blame genetics since my dad and several siblings have been or are runners).

Today I did 4 miles in 60 minutes, alternating running 2 min. with walking 2. A nice comfortable pace. The best part was, a couple of new running buddies were willing to come along and run/walk with me on the Jordan River Parkway. It's amazing how good company makes the time fly by.

5 comments:

wist said...

I was feeling really good with our pace, but then I swear, I don't know why the side of my knee started acting up. It was hard for me to go down some stairs this afternoon.

I'm still not sold on this idea of running/walking on the actual race day, but boy does it make the exercise more enjoyable during training.

I look forward to more running and chatting with you!

Tammy said...

Great job :) and so glad you are excited about this!!!!!

volscats said...

Sarah, I am so wishing I could register with you. One day maybe we will live near each other and can train together. I am so proud of you! Wish I could join you on family vacation and exercise with you! Although I think I would rather just walk up those mountain roads.

Hunca Munca said...

Sarah - sorry about your knee. I hope it's a short term thing. If you want to run the entire race on race day, you go girl! I am tempted to do that myself, but am telling myself I will run/walk (run 5, walk 1) for my first 10k and see how I feel afterwards. I can always enter another race and run it and compare my times. I'm not 100% committed - I'll just see how it feels when the day comes.

Tammy said...

"wist" - haven't met you but I guess your name is Sarah too? Lateral knee pain that hurts more going down stairs is often IT (iliotibial) band syndrome. I had this myself a year ago, and it's often caused by weak hip muscles - specifically, the gluteus medius. Some strengthening exercises to target your abductor muscles will really help. Try some good old fashioned leg lifts. Lying on one side, lift the other leg, keeping your toes pointed up at a 45 degree angle. You can also do leg circles in the same position, forward and backward. If you have access to a gym with cable pulleys, you can put the strap around your ankle and pull sideways to target those same muscles. Good luck!