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Monday, January 17, 2011

13 Week Walk/Run Program

Ever since high school I've always wanted to be a "runner".  It was relatively easy for me back in the day.  I could not run for months and then randomly whip out a 3 mile run and not be winded, not so much these days...  I ran off and on through college when I felt like it.  It was hard motivating myself to hit the pavement on a regular basis since I wasn't really running with anyone.  Either my friends were running allstars or just walkers.  I always feel in between.  Looking back, I didn't really struggle with weight so I just didn't feel like I needed to work out all that much.  Lazy!!

Since getting married (eating what my husband does), working at a desk (way less active) and some recent health issues I've put on quite a bit of weight.  You would think that once I started putting on the weight I would have done something about it right off the bat.   Unfortunately, I did the opposite and got overwhelmed with it.  It was a vicious cycle of having no energy from not eating the right foods and not working out.  Breaking that cycle has proved to be extremely difficult.  However, I recently have become fed up with my self image and decided I'm going to do something about it. I want to be healthy for my husband and someday our future kids. 

So back to running.  I tried to get back into it last year.  Some of you may remember reading about my 10k experience.  Soon after that I developed horrible shin splints.  I've never really struggled with them before but hey, I'm getting older.  :)  I had to stop running for a long time and then we moved and so on and so forth.  I was over at my girl La's blog and she had mentioned something about the 13 Week Walk/Run Program.  It totally spiked my interested so I had to ask about it. 

The program is a great way to start running or get back into it in a healthy way.  I always start out running faster and farther then I should and get shin splints.  This program alternates walking and running and builds up the running every week.  I've been really encouraged by it and have completed 4 weeks so far.  However, I am still sort of struggling with shin splints, but I think it's my fault for not stretching properly before and after.  I also just finally replaced my shoes.  So I took at week off and will repeat week 4 and continue the program.  I will let you all know how it goes!  So far I would totally recommend it to anyone.  If you've ever wished you could run but didn't know how to start you need to check this out.  I'll definitely keep everyone posted on when I complete the 13 weeks.  You all will keep me accountable.  I'm looking forward to being back in shape.


P.S.  Anyone have recommendations for shin splints?  Stretches you do?  Do any of you wear shin sleeves? Do they help?

4 comments:

  1. First of all - have you been fitted for running shoes? Good shoes make a big difference if you're serious about running. I would find a specialty running store in your area where they can fit you for the right shoes.

    As far as shin splints, I would ice them every day for no more than 20 min. Otherwise, just don't start off doing too much or increase your mileage too drastically.

    If you want to meet people to run with you could look into local running groups. I used to barely be able to run 4 miles, but once I found a running group and met other runners to run with it helped sooo much. Now I've done 1 marathon and a couple dozen half marathons. And I am the biggest wimp ever. Seriously, I really believe ANYONE can be a runner.

    Anyway, hope that helps! I stumbled upon your blog & just had to comment. :)

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  2. Good for you! I wish I had a desire to run, but I just don't. I don't think I breathe right or something and get sideaches right away. I'm one of those walkers. :)

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  3. It's like you are reading my mind.... I've GOT to do something... enough is enough :) We are doing a 5k here in Houston in 2 weeks so hopefully that will get my rear in gear!!
    I think you are beautiful though and don't be too hard on yourself!

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  4. Awe, I'm so glad that you are liking it! I had to take some time off of running because of weather and a growing child. Suddenly she wants to walk and does NOT want to be in the stroller for more than a mile. Hmmmmmm, what to do. I was having TERRIBLE knee pain at one point and it was 100% better once I went to a running store and was fitted. You NEED to go to a professional and run around in the shoes. Maybe cut the running down to two days and do an indoor DVD for the other? Or the elliptical or bike even.

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