5k Running Plan, Week 2: Almost out on the Road

Week 2 was another week on the treadmill.  A couple of training days were missed, but all was not totally lost.  I walk between 15 to 30 minutes each day and often find myself doing some unintentional cardio when running for transit.  I have maintained a good amount of cardio and strength training at the gym and at home.

The amount of muscle/joint soreness has been significantly less than week one.  I have been making a conscious effort to stretch more after running, as well as at home and while at work.  I am pretty satisfied with my maintenance of the plan but still nervous about running outside.  I know that training on a treadmill is much different from running outdoors.  With that, I’ve been asking a lot of questions about muscle soreness prevention and the most common answer I have received is:  I need to make sure that I am wearing comfortable running shoes.  So, the research has begun to source some new kicks!

As a newbie runner, I want a basic running shoe that provides a comfortable run.  After taking a look online, I have found a few shoes that I like the look of, I did some research on their features, as well as browsed some websites for personal reviews:

Adidas Adistar Boost Running Shoes, C$180, adidas.ca

adistar

Adidas ClimaChill Ride Running Shoes, adidas.ca C$120

climachill

Saucony ProGrid Mirage 3 Running Shoes C$139.98, sportchek.ca

saucony

I know it is all about user experience, so I will be off to SportChek to check out some new running shoes.  I have also been advised to go to the Running Room to have a shoe properly fitted based on a foot strike analysis.  Maybe, after the test I will chose a totally different shoe than the ones above.

I am also trying to keep in mind the newbie runner tips while I am on the treadmill.  I still feel myself slipping back and forth between the good and bad running habits.  When I do slip into the bad habits, I really notice it especially when it comes to proper breathing.  The following are tips that when focused on, improve my run greatly:

  • Maintain good posture:  keep chin and head up, have a tall spine and relaxed shoulders
  • Focus on deep breathing techniques and maintain while walking as well as running
  • Create a motivational workout playlist to avoid fumbling with your phone
  • Hydrate all day to avoid burnout
  • Stretch, stretch, stretch!

Onward to week three!  I am hoping that winter has made its last appearance and we can now look forward to comfortable warm weather because it’s time to hit the pavement.

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