Sunday, May 31, 2009
Yesterday morning I ran a 5K and last night I did a 2 mile walk in Philly for Crohn's research. This morning I woke up at 6:00 and decided to do another 5K near my mom's house. I knew it wasn't going to be for speed, but more for a workout. There were some positives to today:
- I was able to run the whole thing today. My legs were tired, but I did it! I was so psyched that I was physically able to run two 5Ks in two days. Tomorrow is definitely a rest day. I paid attention to my body yesterday and today, and when I woke up today, I felt really good. I knew I'd be able to do it.
- I passed some people again today. I didn't run fast today AT ALL, but I did run steady. My miles were all about the same (slow) time, but I didn't peter out at the end. I think my endurance is getting better. I had to sing some silly songs along the way to keep my feet going, and it worked. I think I'll treat myself to a very small iPod and new running headphones.
- I feel really good. I am happy I decided to run this morning. It was a great workout, and the trail was just beautiful. A little shady, through the woods, and just a little hilly.
Negative - there was no more bottled water when I finished. (I guess I need to start finishing faster!) How can a race run out of bottled water??? Luckily, I had some water in my car that was still cold. A little annoyed at that.
Today is brunch with my family and then back home. Tonight is a senior music awards banquet. Should be fun! Happy Sunday!
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.
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