Several years ago, I decided I wanted to run a triathlon. I’ve never really been a runner, and I wasn’t entirely sure of the best way to train, so I decided to just take it slow. Since I was already swimming several times a week at the time (about 2000 yards each day, but sometimes I’d get bored and leave early- especially if the water speaker wasn’t on), I decided to focus on the running and biking aspects. Now, my bike certainly isn’t a race bike. It’s pretty old, has a tire that doesn’t like to stay inflated, and has a crate on the back of it from when I’d bike to the grocery store (have you tried balancing a gallon of milk and several boxes of cereal and whatever else you plan on eating for the week on your handle bars? it’s not easy!). I still take it to the store from time to time, so I like keeping the crate on (even though that makes it oh-so-attractive…), but I’d probably get myself laughed out of the race if I showed up with my bike looking like this:
But that doesn’t matter, because even though I tried to start out slow and take it easy on the running, I started having problems with my knees a few weeks into training and landed myself in PT shortly after that. So I had to put my dream of a triathlon on hold til the next year to give my knees time to heal and give myself time to train again. But the same thing happened the next year and I’ve been hesitant to start up again ever since.
But then we were out shoe shopping. And I saw all the running shoes. And they were cute (which is totally not my typical reaction to shoes. give me a pair of sneakers and I’m happy). And on sale. Plus I had a 30% coupon!
So I bought a pair:
They don’t look it in this picture, but those laces are seriously bright. I don’t know who decided neon was the in thing nowadays, because I’m definately not into such flashy things, but these shoes were so comfy that the neon-ness couldn’t deter me. Seriously- it’s like walking on a cloud!
I decided then that it was time to give running a try. Again. I’m hoping that between the new shoes and a better training plan that my knees will be ok, but I’m a little nervous. But I’m really itching to try out my shoes, so give me your suggestions! How do you increase your endurance while staving off injury? What do you like to listen to when you run? (I’m always looking for new songs to try out!) How do you stay motivated? Let me know!!