I am running several times a week and gradually increasing the length of my runs to build stamina.
Based on what I’ve been reading online, you should usually train about 12 weeks from not running at all to a 5k, but I’ve been trying to do it in about 3 weeks.
This has been a bit of a punishing process, since I am out of shape and don’t have the stamina. But now I’m up to 2.5 miles per run, which I did yesterday and today.
When I ran today, I thought I was going to collapse with the heat, cramps, etc., but I couldn’t stop.
Anyhow, I discovered a cool thing with my Nike + iPod Sport Kit where every time I sync up my iPod Touch, the information from my latest run is automatically being sent to nikeplus.com.
Currently, I am not quite a trailblazer, as I clock in at around a 10 minute mile, but I’m just trying to make it through the run right now.
This coming Sunday, July 12 is my big race. In the coming days, I need to push up to 3 miles to make it through the 5k.
One downside of accelerating my running has been that my legs are hurting. I went straight from my running trail to my gym today and hopped into the pool to swim a little and then spent a while in the hot tub soothing my achy, old legs.
That might have to be my new ritual, because I felt totally rejuvenated after soaking a while. Well, that and some Advil.
Starting weight: 225
Last week: 218
This week: 218