I am on vacation and visting my siblings in Phoenix. When I got here yesterday I told my brother-in-law to go running with me so I can see and feel the difference running on the pavement has on my ankle and legs. We left the house sometime after 6 and it was warm already! I told my brother-in-law that he does not have to wait for me because I have to go at my own pace, find my own rhythum. I tell him this because one it’s true, two he is a good runner compare to me. He runs 9 minute miles.
I listened to music from my little sister’s ipod. I focused on my breathing, in through my nose and out my mouth. I relaxed my body, trying to keep it loose and fluid as I run, with my hands relaxed and not closed. The track we ran was along running paths and through streets. I ran on pavement, grass and pressed down dirt. I wore my work out pants and tank top which made me realize I would have to get comfortable and lightweight running shorts. I’m not looking forward to wearing that because my legs are chunky, but I figure if I run fast enough nobody will be able to see it!:)
At the end of my run, I stretched and noticed that my ankle feels okay. However, my right thigh aches a little. My brother-in-law thinks I am leaning more on my right side more heavily. Also, as I run I tend to pound on the front of my toes instead of going from heel to toes. I think I need to make a conscious effort to remind myself to start from heels and then end with front of my foot.
My brother-in-law is going to take me to a shoe store so I can get tested to see what running shoes would fit my running style. I am definitely excited about that.
It took me about one hour and fifteen minutes to to do two miles! I need to increase my speed if I am going to be able to finish the half-marathon in three hours. I have a better understanding and sympathy for what marathon runners go through! I am in awe of runners who can sustain their pace for so many miles! After two, I felt okay, but I need to work harder! I will shuffle on! This heat is a killer though!