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What did I get myself into….

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you might have noticed a post that I made last night.  If not, well….um…you better sit down.

I am going to run a 5K for the first time in about five years.  My knees are aching at the thought, but I should be ready by late March.


Rock the Parkway has a Half-Marathon, a 10K and a 5K.  Kathleen is going to run a Half-Marathon later in the year, possibly in Minneapolis this June.  This time out, she is going to run her first 10K.  After mentioning this last weekend, my mom said that she might do the 5K. 

I opened my mouth and said that if she does it, I will.

The last time I did a 5K it was a disaster.  I ran about 8/10th of a mile to a mile when I developed a BAD cramp in my left calf.  I stopped to stretch it out and it was partially stretched when I resumed running.  However, the calf stayed tight. 

By the time I hit the second mile sign, the right calf started to cramp.  I tried to stretch it out….no luck.  So I did something really stupid.

I kept going.

I should have quit.  I should have taken it as a sign.  But not me, I finished. 

Why?  Well a year earlier I did my first 5K since 1990.  I had been on a diet for over a year and lost about 35-40 pound by then.  That first 5K I did with Kathleen and we finished in about 55 minutes or so.  I figured I would do better in the second year, since I lose the weight.  That is why I started out with the run rather than walk it.

The diet was part of the problem.  Did not allow but a half a banana every other day.  Too restrictive.  Needed more potassium to prevent the cramping.  And a salt-substitute with potassium would not provide enough.

So in 2010, I have a plan.  First, I will have bananas during my training and the morning of the run.  Second, I will not start with such a brisk pace.  Third, I will stretch a LOT more the days leading to the run AND the morning of the run.  Fourth, I will STOP if I am in too much pain.

I have been taking Glucosomine & Chondroitin for my join health.  That has helped my knees a bit over the past few months.

This time, goal is to simply finish.  Time does not matter.  A nice 3 mile walk is just fine.  But if I feel up for more as we get closer to the run, I may try harder.  But I will let my body indicate when I stop and stretch more.

If this works out, maybe I will go back next year and step up for the 10K.

Don’t hold your breath.

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