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:
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.