I went for a 30 min run (and by run, I really mean jog/walk) this morning, and actually enjoyed it. It was a pretty wimpy distance, 2.31 miles, but hey you gotta start somewhere, right?
I got myself a brand new armband for my iPhone yesterday ($4 shipped w/Amazon prime). I plugged in DJ Steveboy’s Week 3 of couch to 5k mix, strapped the dog to my waist and ducked out the door. I set my iphone’s timer to beep at the 15 minute mark (the halfway point) so I would know when to turn around and head back. While this week’s particular mix has more walking than running, I started running before the warmup period had ended, and didn’t stop running right when the cooldown period began. So, I actually ran more than half the time.
I took extra care to watch my running form; mainly, staying tall looking a decent distance ahead (I have a bad habit of hunching down and looking at my feet), making sure to avoid landing on my heels or overstriding, and making sure that I’m not pounding the pavement as I run (185lbs at 5’8” almost puts me in Clydesdale territory; I also found out that I’m capable of landing hard even as I land on my midfoot and/or forefoot).
It seems to have worked because I didn’t kill my tibialis anterior. This muscle is the reason I quit running several times before. It never was an issue of fitness for me; I could play 3-hour soccer games just fine, but running even short distances had my shins in such pain that they felt like they were going to burst.
Hopefully, if I keep up conditioning myself slowly and watching my form, I’ll be able to run regularly. Maybe sharing a running log with a supportive audience will help me stick to it. Wish me luck!