First, some background: I'm out of shape. Weight and BMI wise, I'm good; but my weekly softball games (the only real regular exercise I get) leave me more exhausted and sore than they should. Long story short: I've decided to start running. There's a local 5K coming up Sept 20, so I started the 7-week plan yesterday. I wanted to determine a starting point for my quest, so I mapped out a 5K route and ran it. I made it to just under the 2K point when I first dropped from a jog to a walk. For the rest of the adventure I was walking/jogging about 50/50 and finished in a pathetic 37 minutes. This left me humbled and full of questions: 1. Is my goal of a 25 minute 5K by September 20 too lofty? 2. When and what should I eat before and after training to avoid the cramps and regurgitation? 3. When running on rural sideroads, is it better to stick to the road surface or run on the looser sandy gravel of the shoulders?
Curious George: See rocket run! Run, rocket, run! I've given myself seven weeks to train for a 5K.