I finished off week 3 of 5K training. I already notice some differences in how I feel, mentally as well as physically. I’m not second guessing my ability as much. My lungs feel stronger. I’m finding the act of going for a run to be therapeutic.
I had a bit of a learning experience near the end of the week. I didn’t hydrate as much as I should have pre-run. I am getting into the habit of drinking water all day long, which is wonderful when I wake up four times a night (but I’m told my body will eventually adjust to that). On Thursday, I just wasn’t in the normal swing of things due to only getting about three and half hours of sleep and my water intake was pitiful. I started the run as normal and about 12 minutes in I felt the worst cramping in my calves. I decided to stop for a quick stretch, which ended up being a horrible idea. Stopping just made the exhaustion kick in on top of everything else. I had to think logically for a second – the only way I was going to get back to my car was to keep moving forward. So I sucked it up and got moving. It was a sad excuse of a run, but I completed it just the same.
Lately the calf pain has been different from when I first started out. I’m beginning to think it may be a matter of breaking in my new shoes. If I could get the calf pain to subside, this running thing would be easy. Stupid calves.