I would run approximately 1.5 miles about twice a week. I began having horrible shin splints and was trying to RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) as almost nightly. My Mom and I did our first 5K together in September 2013 at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. There were a ton of people so it was hard to run and my legs kept cramping. We did complete it in under an hour though!
In October 2013 I had signed up to do a 5k and my sister-in-law joined me. She helped push me through it. We walk/ran it in less time than my first 5k, but my legs were really bothering me. I received some advice to let my shins recover and I decided this was a good idea. The winter in 2014 was horrible and not ideal for running anyway. I decided to focus on my eating habits and increasing the number of workouts I was doing weekly.
Training to run a full 5k has always been a goal of mine. I talked to B about getting a treadmill after we turned our storage room into a workout room this fall. For Christmas he surprised me and got me a treadmill for Christmas. It was delivered right after the new year. I have been working on getting my 5k time under 40 minutes. I am not there yet, but I am working on it! I am currently running 4 minutes at 4.8mph and walking for 1 minute at 3mph. I need to sign up for a 5k this summer, but am hoping to have my time down soon.