Well saying I'll do one is much different than actually getting out there and training. I've started running off an on over the past couple of years with a 5K in mind, but I never made it very far. I get shin splints easily and they always caused me to quit running before I really even got started. I've tried the C25K plan, but I think trying to keep up with the intervals caused me to keep running when i should have listened to my body and slowed down because of the whole shin splint thing.
This time I'm taking a different approach. I've told myself that I just have to get outside for 15 minutes everyday and run as far as I can. Once I can run for a full 15 minutes I'll increase the time, but I'm letting myself run and walk as much as I want. Today's the second day and it's pitiful how little I can actually run-we're probably talking less than 5 of the 15 minutes, but I'm okay with it. It just means I have tons of room to improve, which I will! I've been stretching before, during and after. I'm also icing my shins for 10 minutes when I get back, just to keep myself as healthy as possible.
I got fitted for special running shoes last year, but they made my shin splints worse, so I needed to pick up some new shoes. I ordered a pair of New Balance's yesterday and they should be here soon.
The 5K I'm hoping to run is April 10th, so wish me luck that I'm ready!
I'm also trying to take the dogs for a walk everyday regardless of what else I have to do or any other excuse. Today it was 44 degrees, rainy and windy, but we went!
Maddy wore her new jacket and Max had on his hoodie :)