I’ve already told the story of my dreadful knees, how I was a runner during high school, and how I had to give it up half-way through due to those dreadful knees. But, nine years after throwing my hands in the air and deciding I would never be able to run again, I decided to give it one more shot. I mean medicine advances; maybe the doctors and PT could fix me this time?
So I went to physical therapy and learned some drills and got back into running shape. I probably still cannot ever run long distances – I always say if I sign up for a marathon, I may as well just also sign up for a knee replacement surgery right afterwards – but I am currently up to a small amount of mileage.
With that being said my big news: I am signing up for my first 5k in 9 years!!!!
My friend Kelley, who is also new to running, is going to participate with me. We found a race on April 9th in Jersey City, which seems cool because you run along the NYC skyline. I figure looking at the pretty view may keep me entertained. Plus, we get t-shirts! We haven’t signed up quite yet, but I think we will pretty soon.
To train for my 5K, I created a plan based on some plans I’ve read online. I already was up to two miles, when I started last week, but I was taking a two minute break between each mile. Last week, I focused on running the two miles straight. This week, I upped the mileage to 2.25 miles. I plan on going up .25 miles until I reach 3.5 miles, which is slightly longer than the 5K. I run all but my last mile at 10 minute pace currently, and my last mile as fast as I can, with my current best around a 7:55.
My goal by race day is to complete the 5K under 30 minutes, which I know isn’t a huge deal to most people, but to someone with shotty knees who hasn’t run in almost a decade, it’s a big deal.
What are you current fitness goals?