Sunday, July 27, 2014
I'm getting ready to jog up a storm in my first 5K in the fall, but first I have to get through training. Week 2 was a bit of a challenge for me, especially Day 2. But Day 3 was today and it was slightly easier and by walking and jogging I made it the required 40 minutes. So, okay then.
My knees and shins felt tired, but not really sore and I don't feel bone-tired the way I did after the jogs in Week 1 so that's definitely progress. I don't plan to become a "runner," but I'm excited to be getting stronger and looking forward to the race itself. Still quite a ways to go. I've been jogging in an air-conditioned gym on a treadmill with almost no incline. I can only imagine the challenge of adding asphalt and gravel and humidity and a few dips to the mix. But for now
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Oh, boy. I went on the treadmill for Week 1, Day 2 of 5K training. It was tough. I tried to jog with the incline on, but tired out after 15 minutes so I had to drop back, increase my recovery from 1 minute to 2, and do the last 4 minutes at 4.5 instead of 5 mph. Still I kept jogging, with a very quick break to tie my shoelace, so it wasn't a complete rout. I thought I had this and training would be easy, but now I can see that I will have to work for it!
Oh, for heaven's sake, I just posted my results from Day 2 and saw that I had mistakenly jumped to Week 2 and was trying to run 4 minutes for every 1 minute of walking. That explains some of my difficulty, I think. Looking for Day 3 to be a breeze after this...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Okay, I've been talking about a race (my first!) for a long time.... Too long. And now the universe has finally sent me an unmistakable sign. The hospital where we go for everything is holding a 5K ... on my birthday! I cannot turn that down.
So, today was my first day of training for it. I had thought I was training last week, but halfway through the week I noticed that I was on the team for 5K walking and I'm hoping to jog the course. No wonder that was going so well! Guess what? Training to jog is harder! I'm sitting here now, red-faced and dripping with sweat from 30 minutes alternating between 5 mph and 3.5. The good news? I made it! The less good news? It was hard! And I had the treadmill set at 1% grade so that's not realistic either.
All in all, though, I'm calling it a victory. Hooray for my first day!
Sunday, June 01, 2014
I just noticed that I missed my 5th year anniversary at Spark People. I'll give myself a trophy for being active that long. I'm stronger, more muscular, and in much better shape than I was 5 years ago!!
Unfortunately, I have let my weight creep up so that's the correction I need to make asap. I started tracking my food again just to see where I'm going wrong, and I can see after just one day that I'm eating too much fat! Too much cholesterol too... And that's on a day when I thought I was more or less keeping to the program. So, may the next five years be healthy ones! Thank you, Spark People, for all the help and Spark friends for the awesome support!!!
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