Thursday morning our temps were near 60 degrees in the Kansas City area, making it the perfect day to grab my PINK phone, put the ear buds in....turn on the podcast for the Couch to 5K Running Plan...then head out for my run!!
I haven't been able to run much since last November (injury with a ham string :), but over the last few weeks, thanks to my healing and unusually great winter weather, I have been able to start over with the running program. I am now ready for Week7 Day 3 on my next run. . . .meaning I will run 25 minutes without walking. This will be my 4th day to do this amount of running. . . and I'm slowly seeing an improvement in my endurance (I'm not begging the Running Gods to "let it be over soon....pleeeeeeeease" as much), plus my pace is better.
The program says I should be running 2 1/2 miles in 25 minutes. Well....I'm not. Thanks to my Garmin watch (birthday/Christmas gift) I can track my distance, time and pace. I have seen a little improvement. Yesterday, I increased my distance from 2.07 miles in 25 minutes to 2.21 miles in the same amount of time.
Right now, I'm keeping my course pretty much the same each time. . . and it's flat. When I get up to being able to run the 5K distance of 3.1 miles, then I'll slowly start adding hills to the run.
That's the approach I took before on the program and it really does help to condition the old body for running, plus is helps to build up speed!!
Anyway, on Tuesday's run I lost one of my coveted running gloves somewhere on my course. I realized it while I was "cooling down" at the end of my run. I retraced the last part of the course, but didn't locate it. However, on Thursday, while running.....I found my sweet glove.....lying in the gutter...just waiting for me to snatch it up!!!
The only thing that would make me happier about these gloves would be if they were in PINK!! Sadly, the only color left, by the time I found them on clearance....marked down from 19.99 to 5.95!!!....was black.
Anyway,what's so great about them, is that the little part that covers the fingers flips back and tucks (sorta) beneath a strap on the top of the hand.
This lets you actually work the screen of the phone or iPod (when I use that outside in the cold). Otherwise, I'm having to remove the entire glove each time I want to do something on the screen. . . like check Facebook, send an e-mail, take a picture (I really do that a lot when I run....it's a challenge to get a picture that's not blurry while jogging up and down!!!) or even take a phone call. I have answered the phone while running....that kinda shakes up the caller...they thing something is wrong with me because of my gasping sounds!! :)
I also like to wave with my little fingers exposed. . .looks so much nicer than wiggling a mitten back and forth!!
I was waving at this fellow runner as he was passing in front of our house. He didn't see me cuz he was concentrating on good running form. See how he's slightly bent at the waist. . . looking straight ahead. . .shoulders down, arms relaxed with elbows staying at his sides. And most importantly, his feet land directly beneath his hips...striking the pavement mid foot, not with his leg extended ahead so far that his heel touches the pavement first!!! That good running form also includes how nice he looks in those running pants!! :)
Now that you've seen what good running form looks like, I will contrast that with MY running form.
This picture was taken on Labor Day weekend last fall. . . right before I hurt my ham string. I was approaching the finish line. Actually, except for me looking DOWN at the ground just ahead of me, I was doing well for me at that point. I was still lifting my feet (while not high!!), they were kicking back. That means I wasn't totally drained of energy. My elbows were BASICALLY at my side, but I keep wanting to cross my hands in front of my body...that's wrong. Hey, my shoulders were down...that's good.
The bulge in my right pocket is my little PINK water bottle. I don't know why I carry it during a race, cuz they always have water stations. I'm sure that extra weight must slow me down, plus it isn't flattering in photos. :(
My time in that 5K was 31 min. and 23 sec...my Personal Best time thus far! It was a perfect weather day....and the course was FLAT!! That all helps for making good running times.
Here I am, leading the pack (JOKING!!!!!) a month and a half later at the 5K portion of the Kansas City Marathon! This was the end of the race. . . and I was DRAINED!!!
I'd first hurt my ham string some time after the Labor Day Run. . .then really hurt it just before the first of October. SO.....I wasn't running consistently in preparation for this event. In fact, I recall, that I had taken the entire week off of running before it.
However, I ended up running the fastest I'd ever run before. . . I finished the race in 31 minutes....and it had inclines and a big hill the first half of the course.
Running form review: I was the only person in this group that was looking UP!!! Actually, I was focused on the sign down the road that said FINISH!!! My shoulders were down. . .good! Elbows were flairing out and fists....were not relaxed. I look like I was doing the running version of The Chicken Dance!! Heck, on review of that photo. . .we all look like were doing the Chicken Dance! :)
While I want to look like the guy who ran in front of our house, I know that will never be. First, he's lots younger and second, I don't own any of those tight pants. However, in my head, when I've finally hit the point in my run when my breathing and legs and arms are all kinda in "sync" and my form is good. . . then I feel like I look like a running shoe advertisement! Maybe not for the latest cute running shoes, but more for the ones with lots of cushion in the arches and heels!! :) You know. . .the ones we "elder runners" like to wear! :)
I was sure happy when I returned home from my run on Thursday. . . my glove had been found, my speed had improved. . .but most of all THE STONE RABBIT had an ice cold glass of chocolate milk waiting for me!! That's a treat my 77 year old running friend told me about. If she says to do it. . .I do!! She's been running for over 30 years!! You can read a bit about her HERE.
I hope you have a great PINK SATURDAY!!
One thing that will make it better would be for you to visit Beverly of HOW SWEET THE SOUND! She always makes sure that there is a long list of bloggers just waiting to share their PINKS with you each and every week!!
THANK YOU, BEVERLY!!!