Training: Week 1 Review

This has been pretty much my first week of running. I actually started running a couple of months ago. But after a few weeks, I was forced to stop for a few weeks. So I count this as week one. Also, it’s been more like a pre-training period. I’ve done short runs of about 10-15 minutes every day this week, working on getting my muscles used to the activity. It has also helped to get me into the right frame of mind and gage where I’m at now so that I know how much progress I need to make before October 21. Here’s how the week has gone so far:

Monday – Since it was a holiday and I didn’t have to work, I ran for 10 minutes in the early afternoon.

Tuesday – I started doing my early-morning, workday, runs, doing another 10 minutes this morning.

Wednesday – I was starting to feel it, even with these short runs, so I ran 5 minutes, walked 5, and ran another 5.

Thursday – Breaking up the run yesterday with some walking seemed to help, so I felt good today and did the 10-minute run again.

Friday – I could have done the 10-minutes straight again today, but I’m planning on doing a slightly longer run on Saturday. So I did the 5-5-5 thing again today.

Saturday – This week has been more pre-training, sort of a “getting my feet wet” type of thing, and I plan to cap it off with a 30 minute run.

The reason I’ve started so slow is two-fold. First, I need to adjust to getting up earlier in the morning. Second, if I run more than 5 minutes in one direction from my home, I wind up running on fairly steep hills. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I didn’t want to throw up an obstacle that discourages me right out of the gate. My run tomorrow will be at a local park, where I can do 30 minutes on flat ground.

Looking forward to next week, I’ll be returning to my local roads to do my running on Monday, without fear of the hills. I’ll increase my daily running time to about 30 minutes, capping it off with a longer run on Saturday again.