Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Since finishing the SparkPeople Couch To 5K Your Way (rookie running program), I run 2-3 times per week, usually 1.25 mi. each time (NOT counting warm-up and cool-down). I wear compression sleeves because I get bad shin splints, and they help a bit. I also recently went to a specialty running store and got some new sneakers (Brooks) and a couple pairs of non-cotton socks. The person who helped me in the store is training for Iron Man, so hopefully his advice will help me.
My main issue with running is my back. Halfway into running, my lower back begins hurting and it's annoying, but I push myself through it because it's a muscle issue and nothing more serious. I have shin splints too, but the compression sleeves help with that a bit, and I may be used to them... who knows. I just hope that with time and the advice given to me, things will get a little easier for me.
I still like running though, in spite of these annoyances, and use it as my main form of exercise. I still walk a lot in between running days for cross-training purposes too.
I also haven't weighed myself in a while. I'd rather focus on my running progress and see if my measurements change, instead of discouraging myself every time I see the scale (I usually weigh myself once per month). I still need to find measuring tape though; I haven't found any yet and would prefer to not spend extra money on shipping by getting one from Amazon.
Does anyone else run? How often? Has it helped in your weight loss/healthy living journey? How so?