So back to today- my goal was to run three miles and I successfully completed my three mile run followed up with a 1 mile walk. Tomorrow is Sunday, and Sunday's are the actual first day on the training schedule, so I thought of today as a "bonus". Actually, I was using today as a test. As I have stated before I don't necessarily consider myself a runner, but I do quite a bit of physical activity. I work out 3-5 days per week, doing various activities such as running, biking, playing soccer or going to the gym. My pre-marathon-training route around the neighborhood was 2 miles running 1 mile walking, so today I just ran the whole route, and then back tracked for my cool down. I wanted to test myself to see if I could push beyond my 2 mile normal limit. I am not sure if it was adrenaline, or if it was the egg beaters and whole grain toast, but it was surprisingly a very delightful run. When I felt as if my body wanted to stop, I just slowed my pace down a bit, and before I knew it my body adjusted and I was fine. I might need to get some new tunes on my iPod though...some more upbeat jams to pump it up and keep myself motivated.
After my run I could already start to feel it in my hips. When I began running consistently two years ago (only 2 miles per run), my hips started to hurt. My girlfriend, Amy, was having the same problem back then and suggested taking Glucosamine and Chondroitin. I quickly drove to GNC and purchased said supplements and have been taking them ever since. I highly recommend them to anyone who is having joint pain (being my hypochondriac self I have also since then had hip x-rays just to be sure that there aren't any other underlying problems). I began biking this summer instead of doing so much high-impact running, and that helped my hips tremendously as well. I plan to incorporate biking into my cross training; it will definitely help the old hip bones. So since I'm back into running now, I just popped two Glucosamine and Chondroitin pills and plopped my self on the couch to rest my hips. Those supplements will be my friends until I complete this journey. So will the egg beaters and whole grain flax seed toast. Yum, yum.