Saturday, May 30, 2009
Well I had two goals for today.
1) to finish in a better time today than my last 5K
2) to not finish last (yeah, a superficial goal, but it kept me moving.)
I met both goals. Wahoo! My time today was 31:57 - beat my last time by 22 seconds. I think my interval training this week really helped. I was able to sprint towards the end. (And I actually passed 4 people today!)
The temperature was perfect, and the trail was really pretty. Generally flat, with only a few very short hills. I kept an eye on another runner to pace myself, ended up passing her at the turnaround, and picked another runner. I felt really good about it today. I paced myself better and I didn't feel like I was petering out at the end.
Tonight is walking in Philly, so I'm off to get ready for that. Happy Weekend!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Don't have too much to say tonight... went to the gym and did a great upper body workout and some core stuff, and did an easy run. Drank all my water today and then some. Scrambled egg whites with hot sauce and and an English muffin for breakfast. It was the perfect breakfast.
Tomorrow I'm going to do some swimming. The pool at my gym was closed for maintenance but now it's open. yay! I missed swimming, and my foot needs a break. The good news is that my foot is not getting worse; I am icing it and wrapping it like crazy. Feels much better.
Off to bed. I am sleepy and I have an early meeting tomorrow.
Monday, May 25, 2009
My time today was 32:19. Not bad, but I was really hoping to beat my last time of 31:35. Today's course was hilly and it was HOT. Four of us ran today, not all together (we have very different times). Sometimes it's frustrating to run "with" people who are much faster. To hear about their times of 22:00 and 24:00 is hard when I am just happy to run the whole 5K. BUT, I have only been running since the end of March. I never ran before, ever! So I keep thinking of how far I've come since then, and am happy with my progress.
Some things I've learned:
I need to drink caffeinated coffee before I run. All I had today was decaf, and now I have a gigantic headache.
I need to NOT do lower body weight training in the 4 or 5 days before I race. I think it was Saturday (maybe Friday?) that I did some lower body stuff, and my hamstrings were hurting a lot today before the race, even though I have been stretching them all weekend.
Getting a new watch was a really good thing for me. I didn't have my trainer today, so I had to go by what *I* was doing. My first mile was a 9:40 mile with a hill, so I was pretty happy with that.
I can't get lazy on the training. I didn't run a lot at all this past week because I was getting my foot feeling better. Also, I haven't had a car to get anywhere to run (yes, I have to drive somewhere to run). But aside from these excuses, I think that I kind of treated it like "oh, well I ran one, so now I can run another" and slacked on the training. I asked one of the girls today how much she ran during the week, and it was 4-5 days. She runs more than 3 miles at a shot to get used to the 5K distance; I have to seriously think about my goals and decide how I am going to get my mileage in each week. If I decide to run the half marathon in November (I think I really want to) then I need to make time for running in my schedule.
I drank too much coffee and water before the race.
I really enjoy the feeling of crossing the finish line. As much as it sucks at times during the race, I love crossing the line and having everyone cheering for you. I think the cheering from strangers motivates me more than the cheering from people I know. Weird? I don't know... but it seems like everyone is pulling for everyone else. I love it.
I *really* enjoy the feeling of being fit. I look at everyone at the races and how fit they look, and I think "wow, I *am* one of those people. I don't feel out of place, I don't feel fat. I feel fit. It's amazing that I feel better about myself among very trim runners than I do around slim people in non-running situations (i.e. walking around the city, going to the mall, etc.).
My wonderful fiance went out to get us some coffee so I can stop moping around with my headache. We are grilling tonight and I think I'll go to bed early. It has been such a relaxing weekend.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Well it's been a stressful couple of days.
Here are some good things.
We have three cars, so even though my car is at the shop, I was able to go grocery shopping and get some stuff done today.
My mechanic is absolutely wonderful, and I can pick up my car in the morning and send him a check, since he won't be in tomorrow.
My fiance is going to help me pay for my car; it's the first time that we have ever put money together for this big an amount. Even though we have been together for over five years, I feel like this is a big step towards our future. We are putting finances together to work towards our life goals.
This afternoon I went to the gym and did some lower body work. It is SOOOO nice to get back to the gym. Ran a little bit; mostly speed intervals and easy jogging to get ready for Monday's 5K.
Philadelphia Half-Marathon in November? Still thinking about that one. It's either that or the 8K. I guess it depends on how much training I get in over the summer and how my next few short races go.
Dinner tonight was scrambled egg whites, veggies, a little parmesan, and Tapatio hot sauce. YUM. Got a whole lot of protein, something I have been lacking as of late. Dessert was all-natural vanilla ice cream with a banana and honey. I've decided that natural food is more of a draw for me than low-fat. I was all ready to buy some frozen yogurt today and then I read the ingredient list. Yuck. I went with the all-natural ice cream, even though it has more calories. In the long run, I think that it will be better for me especially since I even managed to measure out the serving.
Tomorrow is "Farm Frolic," where I am going to get to hold a bunch of baby animals and do some Hay Jumping, whatever that may be.
Now, it's off to a small glass of wine and some TV, maybe do one more load of laundry.
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