My First 5 Mile Run

Did I run 5 miles today? Why yes I did, thank you for asking.
My first 5 mile run. It was GREAT. I’m still on an edorphine high but I do know that this morning before I started I was pretty nervous. I’m a little worried about my right hip, knew and towards the end of the run my right toes started to go numb. Basically my whole right side has the potential to crap out on me. I need to consult someone before I try this again.
Things I need for a long run
Good shoes- which I need to buy because my feet tend to do what’s called supination and I’ve worn then so it’s like I’m running on an incline.
Good music- This is key for me. I’m so proud of my iPod playlist, I’ve put a lot of effort into getting the right running music into it.
Time- This run took me an just under an hour and 15 minutes
Intent- Like I said, I was nervous to do this run but I really wanted to see if I could even run for that long. What was important is that I got dressed, stretched, and walked out the door. Once I started the feet took care of the rest.
Let yourself go- “Don’t stop when it hurts, stop when you’re done.” This can be really hard the first half because my body would rather stop and walk knowing it’s still got 3-4 miles to go. I have to give myself a little pep talk the first mile then my mind begins to wander and on it’s own I get lost in my head and I just keep moving.
Part of this process is going to learn how to pace myself. There’s lots of little details about running I have to pay attention to, the most important is how to avoid injury. I need to work on my form, my jogs are pretty high impact party because of my weight but also I think it has to do with the way I step when I jog.
In the end I can add this to my list of things I’ve done. It’s all part of a bigger goal. I feel pretty good, although this means I can’t go back to 1 or 2 mile runs anymore. Nope, I’ve raised the bar, I gotta keep moving up.
5 Miles: 1:13:52 Mile average: 14:42 Calories: 700

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