I almost hate to admit that because I haven't made much progress. I had my longest treadmill session to date on Friday, and I still didn't quite hit two miles. This may or may not be a problem, considering my first race is in less than two weeks...
But really, I have made some progress.
I have new shoes. Thanks to Jeff, my doctor (the guy who does the Active Release Techniques), I went to the local Runners Roost and met Gary, a British Olympian who ran the 5,000m event in Seoul. Jeff told me to go see Gary to assess my shoe situation, because even though I was fitted for shoes more than a year ago, it's my shoes that still seem to be causing an issue, at least in part. After trying on about 5-6 different pairs, I came home with these little beauties:
|Asics Cumulus 12|
I had to coach on Thursday night, so I didn't have a chance to really test my new shoes until Friday. I went to the gym and hopped on a treadmill and walked. And then I ran a little, and walked a little more. And you know, my shins didn't hurt.
This is a huge breakthrough for me. I mean, I actually almost got emotional on the treadmill in the middle of the gym. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I was listening to this Madonna mix, and when I had this breakthrough moment, I was listening to "Like a Prayer." Maybe it's a sign.
I have faith that I can do this. And I was proving it to myself.
While today's run didn't go quite so seamlessly, I still had a good workout and I still am optimistic. Then I came home and in my mail I found this little gem:
|Apparently they think I'm a runner...|
|STAR WARS COLORING BOOKS!|
So March is a new month. March is going to bring new challenges. I'm going to continue to take charge of my health and eat better and continue to go to the gym almost every day. I follow a ton of food blogs (like this one, that today posted a recipe for Quinoa Salad with Pineapple, Broccoli and Mint) and I'm ready to try new recipes! I actually will try to post one that I made last week - it was super tasty and so easy to make. Plus, March is National Nutrition Month - embrace it!
Right now, all I'm really worried about is that 5k... since it's only 11 whole days away!
What challenges are you going to take on in March? What goals are you setting for yourself?