Am I still running?

Yes and no. Running is often the first part of my workout routine to go by the wayside. My teaching schedule has been heavy and the kids have been home. I was still sneaking in at least one run a week.

The treadmill had been boring and my legs were feeling pretty heavy. This week, I went to a local shoe store that is known for running expertise and helping you find the right shoe for your foot. I knew something was wrong, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.

I’ve read a lot about heel strikers vs mid-foot strikers and the impact of cushioning or no cushioning. I had no idea what I needed. I have flat feet and was feeling the impact in my hips.

Asics GT2000 were the sneakers I wound up with. I was told I would notice a difference immediately. I was not disappointed! I had no pain in my hip and the run was great!

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I went back to intervals and that’s helping with treadmill boredom. 30 minutes goes by a lot faster when focusing on one or two minutes at a time. Today, I walked for one minute (at 3.5) and two minutes jogging (at 4.5) for the first ten minutes. Then I went to 4.7 for the next ten minutes and 5.0 for the last ten. I felt great and really enjoyed it.

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We don’t have a race coming up and my goal is to keep running. I am not looking for anything specific. This plan helped get me going in the beginning and I’m going back to it for now. I’m hoping to find an outdoor run that I will jog the entire time.

I’ve learned how important it is to keep moving. Pushing yourself takes as much practice as the muscles and cardio. It is so easy to slow down and cop out. The intervals give me a sense of work/reward. As I did in the beginning, I’ll play with my walking and running time. Previously, I added a minute of running a week. I will keep you posted on my progress 🙂

How do you handle treadmill boredom? Do you have trouble pushing yourself? Have you gone to a local shoe expert?