Friday, August 29, 2014
I won't lie, I am a bit nervous to be setting out at 7am to do 16 miles! I am super
thankful for a great support system and all of the girls that plan to come out and
pound the pavement with me! The first 10 miles will be a hilly loop back to the start where we will bring a 2nd group of people, have potty breaks as needed and head out to do a 6 mile out and back. I am providing bananas, bagels and water, we are all going to deserve a snack after this crazy business! Woot woot! Wish me luck! Next week will be a HUGE challenge, just me and my training partner and 18 miles! Wow! This full really is going to happen!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I remember reading an article in Runner's World about recovery runs a while back. I went for a 13.1 mile run with friends and went out the next evening to try for a couple of slow miles to see how it felt. Oh my it was painfully slow and all I could muster was 2 miles. The article read that doing this was equivalent to doing the 13 miles the day before and ya know what, I believe it!
I hung up the idea of recovery runs for a while, but have been doing them for the past several weeks and it's crazy how much easier they have gotten! I actually ran 12 Saturday, 3.22 5k race on Sunday and did 4.31 miles yesterday and I feel amazing!! I am getting stronger and more confident! Not going to push it though, I have 6 hilly miles planned for Wednesday so taking a break from running today and gonna get some zumba in!
Run, walk, get fit Sparkers!!
Monday, August 18, 2014
I know most people don't do a 5k and run a half marathon this next day, but my mind says your are not trying for a 5k PR, but I never really hold back much! Finished in 28:20 and I'll take that with that crazy hill at the end!
And I got 2nd place in my age group!!
I would recommend, if you live anywhere with in reasonable distance, and want a flat, fast August half marathon or even 10k, that your consider the Little Miami Half in Morrow, Ohio, right near Kings Island! This completely shaded course along the Little Miami River on a bike path was awesome! The over all female finished in 1:23! That's insane to even consider! I came in 348/488 and PR'd by 4:56 with a time of 2:18:38.8! I cannot even begin to say how excited I am by this time! My goal at TBL was to try to get neat 2:15/16ish. That devil of a mountain made it impossible! I actually hadn't even thought about PR'ing for this one because we had 15 miles to do yesterday! We did a 1 mile warm up prior to the race and walked about a mile after for a cool down! Still awaiting race pics for it, but I'll share a few here! My friend Maggie also PR'd with 1:57.06!!
Too bad I'm gonna want to beat this time, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!!
Monday, July 28, 2014
I was worried last week end when I took so many walk breaks during my 5k race as was unable to continue my streak of being in the 27 time range. Not that 28 and a half is bad, it's still really good! Friday evening was hot and humid, and with only one walk break I was back in the high 27s! Shew! Wish I hadn't taken the walk break looking back on it. I am working on keeping most of my runs NOT following the Galloway walk/run so I can get that feeling like I meed to walk out of my head. Anything 5 and under I shouldn't feel like I NEED to walk!
Last night I ran 5 with a friend and anytime I felt like I NEEDED to walk I just pushed through it. Probably not my smartest decision to go to Zumba just a couple of hours before my run, my legs were already tired! My plan this week is to rest my legs Wednesday and Thursday ad see what I can do for Fridays 5k on fresh legs!
Either way, I love the trophy!
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Yesterday's 5k was harder than I had expected coming off my long run Friday night, it was just plain hot and humid and my legs were not fresh, it was hard to breathe. I finished in 28:22 with a ton of walking! When the race was over, at least for me, I was bummed about my time, I had so wanted to set a new PR, really wanted to get into those 26's, but it just wasn't my day.
While stretching and talking to some friends I had a lady approach me, she told me she had been following me on Facebook and she wanted some running advice...we all offered advice and words of encouragement. She also told me what an inspiration I have been to her with my weight-loss and that she had lost about 60 lbs and was trying to lose another 50 or so. That she did her first 5k in February at 52 minutes and that her time this day at been 34, amazing progress and we all boasted about it!
The night before I had a similar experience and again yesterday evening, ladies coming out of nowhere to tell me what an inspiration I am to them. It brings me to tears even now. I was even awarded a medal at the race: This was such a surprise and such an honor!
I posted a little on facebook about it at: "I don't ask people to sign up for races so that I can get group rate, I ask that you sign up to walk, run or crawl because our health, our well-being is the center of who we are, next to Godliness! This is our only chance, our only vessel, and while I may not or will ever be the perfect example, I am pleased that so many reached out to me today to tell me that I make a difference in their lives! That what I am doing for me makes them want to do better for themselves! God had truly chosen to use me and I am feeling very blessed and humbled!"
In church this morning the pastor called it my ministry and the sermon was all about how when you come to God asking for help He asks you what you have to offer and once you find that He wants you to go out and gather people and that even if all you have to offer is a small thing, he will make it plentiful enough to share. So if all you have is your love, your love with be never ending! If all I have to offer is my journey in weight loss, I can continue to inspire and help people as long as I chose to and He will keep blessing me with this small gift.
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