I’ve been training, for almost a week now, for a 5k in October.
Running is…pretty brutal. In just one week, I have had to overcome old injuries, shin splints, and an injured tendon. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully encouraging running partner/trainer who is fabulously more knowledgeable about long distance running than any of my coaches in high school. Amazingly enough, all those old injuries that previously had halted any of my further attempts to run on a regular basis are now manageable.
On Monday, I did 2 miles of mostly walking, some sprinting, and just a bit of jogging. Today is Friday, and I have managed to work my way up to being able to run over 1.5 miles without stopping, and it felt great.
I have noticed that, after my warm-up walk, that the first 5 minutes are just horrible. The longer my warm-up walk, the less painful those first few moments are. If I start walking instead, because of the pain, it goes away but returns once I start running again. If I muscle through it, it goes away after a while, and then I feel like I could run forever.
The human body is just so interesting! I looked up why this might be, and it turns out, it’s because the blood is not flowing quickly enough yet. The blood vessels have to dilate, and your heart rate has to go up. Once this process starts moving along the blood and oxygen goes to your muscles, then the tiredness goes away, and then you enter the groove where everything is working smoothly.
I always wondered why I saw people running before a race. I thought they were crazy not to conserve their energy. Then again, I was in high school at the time and I was much more resilient. Now I know!
The way a human body works is so cool! IT’S SCIENCE!