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By Brandon Macy D.P.M.
September 19, 2013
Category: Running

Saturday, I'm running in my first 5K race in many years, the Paul Jackson 5K in Clark.  There will be a Clark Podiatry Center sponsor's table set up for runners, walkers and their entourage to stop by to say hello, pick up a little educational information and ask me any questions you might have.  I'll be there before the race and, depending on how long it takes me to finish, after the race.

 

It has been a long road back to racing this year.  I started up with running in May, barely being able to run 6 minutes at a time before various aches and pains set in.  I'd mix in walking and running to the point where I can complete those 3.1 miles (I'm fairly sure I can, at least).  How fast and how much walking will be mixed in remains to be seen, especially if it is windy or if there are too many of those "mountains" to climb in the park formely known as the Oak Ridge Golf Course.  Playing golf there was far easier save for the all-too-frequent errant shot.

 

I had a patient come in earlier in the week, a marathon veteran who is dialing things down to 10K and half marathons and she said that for her, and I suppose for many of the longer distance runners, running 5Ks is for when you want to support a charity.  It's a nice warm up run. For the rest of us beginners and novices, we can barely finish the 5K, but for them, the first 3 miles of a workout are the hard part and this patient CLAIMS that in miles 4, 5 and beyond it actually gets easier.  She may well be right, but I'll believe it when I see it.

There's hope, though.  Last time I ran over in Tamques Park in Westfield, at the end of 3 laps (2.4 miles) my legs were very tired.  Thereafter, alternating 1/10 mil walking with 1/10 mile running hard--the mileposts are marked--resulted in each successive "sprint" being faster and easier than the last.  That could be my way of busting through the barrier.  We'll see.  

 

Anyway, I hope to see as many of you as possible on Saturday Sept. 21 at Oak Ridge Park. Stop by and say hello and after the race I'll get back to the booth as fast as my tired old legs will take me.

 

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