OK I finally feel adequate enough to have one of these things.
I started running about a month ago, after ellipticalling 5 days a week for a year and a half. I tried running last April once, but I was with a friend and the pace was too fast and I remember wanting to die afterwards. My experience has been very different this time.
I am not terribly interested in running very long distances. I don't want to do anything that takes more than an hour. So I'm starting with the 5k distance. I have a goal for that, which I am currently a long ways from, but my progress has been pretty good for only a month at it. And during that month I was sick for a week with laryngitis and had a wicked "time of the month" that totally knocked me out.
I am running with my boyfriend, who is also new to this and so far has been plagued by injury. We worked up to 4k pretty quickly, within the first week and a half. We ran/walked it once before going the full distance non-stop, which we have done for the past couple weeks. My pb time on the 4k was 24:30, but I didn't focus too much on speed because I wanted to wait until we were actually doing 5k.
Today we decided to do the full 5k. This was our first time doing it. I felt great throughout, but my running partner's injuries made us keep a much slower pace than I would have liked through kilometres 2.5-4. Finally when we reached the last kilometre I grabbed the stop watch and ran at my own pace.
I finished my first ever 5k run today in 31:30, which I figure isn't too bad for my first time doing the distance. My goal is to eventually reach a 20 minute 5k. I am not sure how realistic it is. Like I said, I want to be fast, not run for hours. I'm lazy like that.
Diet-wise, while I am not by any stretch "going raw" i have increased the amount of raw foods in my diet over the past two months, and hope to report on that here as well. I'm feeling really good! I consume a small amount of vega every day as part of my green smoothie.