This past weekend, I completed runs 2 and 3 of week 3. I'm starting week 4 tonight. On Friday of last week, I ventured out at lunch and visited a running store in town. After running on a treadmill and watching slow-motion video of my "gait?", the very kind and patient lady at the store said that I "over-pronate?" Armed with that gem of knowledge, she recommended some running shoes. After trying on half a dozen pairs, I selected a pair of Brooks. I also purchased a pair of running shorts with built-in compression shorts. I thought my wife would freak-out at my purchases, but she was relieved to learn that the nice lady threw in a "free" pair of running socks with my purchase. Nevermind that there is no such thing as a free lunch.
That night, I saddled up and headed out for W3R2. I immediately felt the difference in the shoes. Although I was wearing a pair of running shoes before, I always felt like I was pounding the pavement with each step. It was hard on my legs and my shins always hurt. With the new shoes, I didn't have the same sensation. Each step seemed a little more cushioned and less severe than before. My shins didn't hurt as much, either. The shorts seemed to help, too. Not only did I look like a proper runner, but it seemed to help the tightness in my hamstrings. Maybe it was all just in my head, but that counts too as far as I'm concerned.
The first 3 minute run was difficult, but I made it. The second was much more difficult, but I completed it, too. 2 days later, I ran the final run of week 3. Heading out, I knew if would be difficult since I'd already had a full day. Church in the morning, yard work complete with lifting heavy bags of mulch, painting an interior room and ceiling. I was beat as I left my family and went out for my run. As expected, I grew tired much sooner than I had with the first 2 runs of week 3. But, I soldiered on and completed the runs for week 3.
I feel like the shoes/shorts/socks purchases were well worth it. I didn't spend alot more than I would have for other shoes that I've purchased for work or leisure and they seem to help.
I'm still trying to get the whole belly-breathing technique down and I feel like I'm a bit stiff when I run, but I'm encouraged that I've made it through week 3. Bring on week 4, Laura. Love ya!