Today was training day one on my road to 13.1 miles. Haven't heard yet? Lets back you up, and start over here first.
Today I was scheduled to do: 1/2 mile run 1/2 mile walk 1/2 mile run 1/2 mile walk, two miles total.
I began thinking back to the last time I actually ran a "longer" distance besides my typical thirty minutes on the elliptical or treadmill. The the horrid memory came into view. I was running with my roommate around the UTA campus in the dead of a Texas summer...oi. She usually ventured out on runs and I thought I would join in, and would have no trouble keeping up. My soccer running days should still be in there somewhere right? WRONG...The whole deal was that my roommate would take the lead and if I needed her to stop I would just scream her name and we would start a walk. To tell you the truth about .2 miles in I was already huffing and puffing but I figured pshh this tiny thing can't outrun me...wrong again. After about 2 miles of running, my lungs were on fire and my legs were screaming. I yelled for my roommate and she was a good 40 yards ahead of me and did not hear my cries for mercy. I eventually just gave up trying to keep her pace and walked back to our apartment...sad day right there. Ok so my last run was a bust, surely over 1 year later and a few Nike classes under my belt I've got this!
Truth is I did pretty well. I thought I was a hot shot and just blew off the training instructions and ran 1 mile, walked a 1/2 mile and then ran a 1/2 mile. Not too far off but I did experience some knee pain afterwards. My knees are a serious weakness of mine and many of you do know this. At the age of 13, I had four surgeries on my left knee to repair an ACL and remove a lot of scar tissue. I have issues where I produce way too much, way too quickly. Not pretty.
Anywho...I have also dealt with bouts of tendonitis BUT...big BUTT here. I don't want any of these "excuses" to keep me from achieving my goal. That's why I'm turning the floor to you with a few questions that I already need answered!
Warning, Warning, Novice Runner!
Question 1: I know there are many runners out there who have knee issues as well. What things do you do to keep your knees strong? Do you run with a brace or knee stabilizer?
Question 2: What necessities do you bring with you on a run?
-This was highly irritating for me today I had to lug around my keys, phone in an Otterbox, and iPod. All of these I kept in my hands...I realize I cannot do that on race day. What do you do?
Questions 3: Do you use your phone/iPod to track your runs?
Question 4: Do you listen to music during your long runs? If so, what is your favorite playlist?
Question 5: On your long run days (6+ miles) do you bring any "fuel" with you? As in the gel cups, gatorade? If you do, where do you put such things?
Question 6: Favorite running shoe? I tend to have high arches and I think I more-so supinate my foot when I am running.
Those are all for now, and I would love any and all advice
P.S. Thoughts and prayers for those affected with today's explosions during the Boston Marathon.