5K Raton NM at Climax Canyon is Saturday April 30 - I have finished week three of my Run a 5K Training. Obviously I won't be running, but rather participating in our 5K this Saturday. It's a beautiful canyon trail, lots of ascent, narrow, rocky, twisty turny, cactus etc.....
I have to rest a couple days. Due to an old left side sacroiliac injury, an out of shape core and my years of sedentariness, my sacrum seems to be out of line and/or just not functioning enough, and my left leg is working harder than it should to compensate, (I think - it's self diagnosis). Twice, when either running 50 yard dashes or doing 100 yard repeats, I have slightly pulled or strained my rectus femoris on the left leg, also my shin burns a bit on that side while my right leg is doing just fine in every way. I did this, (strained my rectus femoris) on my walk day yesterday, (Tuesday), it was cold, I under dressed, and wanted to warm up, so I decided to run slow 100 yard repeats. I mean 24 second slow! But my left thigh seemed to be not liking that too much and it slightly pulled.
The next level of my Run a 5K training, wk 4, advances me from a series of three minute jogs and two minute recoveries to 4, 5, 3 and 3 and minute runs with 2 minute recoveries. I was supposed to be doing that today. With the 5K on Saturday, and my thigh complaining, I need to rest it and be able to participate without making it worse. I will definitely complete the route. It's cake really, but only as a walk and jog, not any running. I have done the route before and I have walked 5 - 9 - 20 mile walks in this area plenty of times.
I am addicted to this now. The diet, learning the dynamic stretches, everything, it's literally addicting.
I have to stick with jogs for now and work on my core strength and hip flexor strength and mobility. So I guess I will continue to lengthen my jog times for the cardio vascular work, while working on my core until I can resume actual running, since jogging doesn't stress my left rectus femoris.
My goal next year at this time is to run a complete 5K non stop in 25 minutes. I think that's a humble goal. Is that reasonable to expect a 25 minute outcome on a 5K next year with three days a week training?
Also, since I started this routine of walking 6 weeks ago and the 5K training 4 weeks ago, I have lost 8 pounds.