My Couch to 5K Diary: Week 3 Redux

I hate running.

Well, I lied again.

I said I was going to get back on the horse (i.e. treadmill) last week, then start week 4 fresh this week.  As we all know, last weekend was the 4th of July holiday.  I should have known I wouldn't be able to get my shit together.  And I didn't.

So I decided to chillax and just do the week 3 runs over to get back to where I was before I left on vacation.  I don't have much to report about it except to say it wasn't as hard starting up again as I thought it would be.  I actually felt pretty good!  The only issue: my knees hurt a little bit for the first time.  Eek.  Guess I can't get away scot-free.

To stretch or not to stretch

I also gave some thought to the amount I stretch before running - which is not much if I'm being honest (I do a "warm up" walk).  So I did some research online and found out there's a lot of debate about what - if any - is the right amount and style of stretching that should be done before and after runs.  Click here for a good article from Runner's World about the topic.  For now, I'm going to stick with what I'm doing since I'm injury-free so far.  Do you have an opinion about the stretching debate?  If so, leave a comment!

Until next week...