Jen's Running Diary Part Deux
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In the last two months I've done/learned a few things about running. It's amazing how fast your body acclimates to running. When I first started I could only run a minute before I needed to walk. Now I can run for 6 minutes at a time.

mizuno wave rider 11

My new BRIGHT running sneakers. For someone who wears mostly black... this is a big change.

I am a weakling and everything is connected. I went to see an orthopedist about my knocked-knees. She sent me to a (great) physical therapist. They have had me doing lots of exercises to strengthen my hips, low and behold my knees have straightened out. This has plagued me since childhood and I've always been self-conscious about it, I can't tell you how happy I am now. However I need to work on my calf strength to stop the ankle aches and my hamstrings to stop the inner knee aches. The progress has been quick and I can't wait until my legs are even stronger.

malibu beach dorchester

My route through Malibu Beach in Dorchester

A mile is both far, and not so far. When I first started running I thought that a mile was an terribly long way to go. Once I started using my FitBit ChargeHR and its app I realized that a mile wasn't crazy at all. At first it took me 16 minutes to run/walk a mile. Now I've gotten down to 12.5 mins and I generally do 2 miles. My short-term goal is to get down to a 10 min mile so I can do a 5k in 30 mins. From our house in Savin Hill to the end of Mailbu Beach and back is almost 3 miles, that is my new route.

My Target workout wear is hot. I need vented/wicking capris badly. I'm terribly overwhelmed by all the choices., if anyone has any recommendations please leave a comment!

marathon sports boston

Marathon Sports outfitted me in the perfect sneakers. It made such a difference in my running.

Marathon Sports... the hype is real. I went to the Boylston Street store, near the Boston Marathon finish line. They watched me walk and I explained my knocked knees/tight IT Bands. They picked 3 pairs of shoes, I chose my favorite and they let me run out side to try them out. I ended up getting the Mizuno® Wave Inspire 11 - they are really supportive and cushy.

I signed up for my first 5k in October. I was nervous about it taking me forever to finish it, but now I'm looking forward to it as the first one of many! As always leave any running / stretching / ect... tips for me! ~ JHill

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