August 15, 2011
The title of this entry pretty much sums up my thoughts right now….OUCH! I just finished run #2 in my new shoes after 3 days off from the first run (and looking like perhaps another 2-3 days until my next). I went about 2 miles with a break in between mile 1 and 2 to stop at my gym to do some upper body lifting. Getting back into the run after lifting was tough. My calves were (and still are) so tight and sore I would let out an audible grunt each time I went from a walk to a run. I think I also probably looked like a person trying to run in diving flippers because that was my basic form for about 5 strides until my calves would settle down a bit.
What is different in this run vs. my previous runs is that it was the pain that kept me from running – not being out of breath which is more often the case. So I know that it is just the adjustment to this new running style – firming up muscles that have been long under used. I do have to say that I am still not comfortable in the new style. I fee awkward and a little clumsy and of course there is the pain. But I will defeat this pain and (hopefully) become a runner with more endurance.
I have decided that I will begin training for a race in October. It is actually a 4 mile trail run so I will need to get out to some trails when I have overcome this initial leg pain from the shoes to practice running through trails again (it’s been a LONG time since Jr. High cross-country!). But it looks like a fun little run through a local park…plus it is a run/walk so for me win/win.