Baring any unforeseen scheduling issues, I will run my first 5K on April 25, 2009.
I am excited – and nervous!
So far, I’ve been training exclusively on a treadmill. Once it warms up a little outside, I’ll start some roadwork. Right now, if pressed, I can run a mile-and-a-half without stopping. This is up from less than a quarter-of-a-mile just three months ago. A 5K, however, is 3.2 miles – more than twice what I’m capable of at the moment.
I’m pressing forward, following the Couch to 5K program, and my stamina is improving. I’m focusing on making my legs stronger, because it’s not really my wind that gives me trouble, it’s my legs. (The funny thing is, my hips and thighs are very strong, but my calves need a lot of work.)
I’ll be heading to they gym today – that makes four days in a row – and I’m going to push myself and see if I can hit 2 miles, without stopping.
Oh, I’ve purchased some new running shoes, a pair of Asics. I can’t wait for them to arrive so that I can put them on and break them in.
Side note – I am now down about 6 inches in my waist – and I’ve been forced to buy new pants and new belts. What a wonderful problem to have!