Wednesday, May 09, 2012
As I mentioned in some of my status updates, I've been struggling to regain consistency every since having achieved my 5K goal. I ran the 5K almost a month ago (April 14th) and hadn't worked out AT ALL from that time until YESTERDAY. Key word: YESTERDAY.
Last night, I sat up and wrote (or re-wrote) my goals on paper for this week (baby steps) and started implementing plans to achieve them TODAY. One component of those plans is to workout EVERY single day for at least 35 minutes.
So, here I am on Day 1, DOING IT! LOL Sorry if you have motion-sickness type issues. I'm walking on the treadmill in this video. LOL
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I did it!!! I can't believe it!! I actually did it! I set a goal at the end of 2011 to run a 5K in 2012. When I signed up in March, I was left with only 5 weeks to train. Those 5 weeks were aggressive. But, I actually did it!! Me??!! Unbelievable!
My husband, children, mother and best friend all came down to support me. It was great knowing they were there.... They are the absolute best!!!
Now for the play-by-play...
I participated in the Move4Mobility 5k and 5-miler, for which 100% of the proceeds go to support the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Research group. I signed up for this particular race because I was familiar with the terrain. I knew that the route was flat, with no hills whatsover. I knew that it wouldn't really get a lot of publicity (unlike Susan G. Komen) so there wouldn't be tons of people there. I chose well.
I arrived at about 7am to pick up my race package.
There I am with my neon yellow shirt on.
There were a few people there. Some with short sleeves and some with short shorts. But, it was COLD! I knew that those folks must be hardcore runners to dress in that manner. They knew that they'd get hot as they continued to run. I knew that too, but I layered up. If I got hot... too bad. I wasn't coming out there with short sleeves and short shorts or capris! No Sir-eee.
Anyway, when the race started, I somehow ended up at the front of the pack.
Mistake, mistake, mistake. LOL.
See my bright yellow neon shirt over to the right. (smile)
Those folks were wisping past me... AND, they totally overwhelmed me. The adrenaline of it all caused me to start out much faster than I'm used to. But, I just couldn't slow down. I was out of breath very quickly. I was trying to find my pace and my rhythm. I couldn't figure out what my pace was supposed to be... UNTIL... a woman jogged up beside me and it SEEMED like she had a similar pace to mine. I asked her if she was running the 5K or the 5-miler. When she said that she was running the 5K, I thought to myself... "I'm going to be with her the whole time." And I was.
Can you see me and my race-day jogging buddy?
She had a SIMILAR pace, but I realized during the race that it was slightly faster than my pace. She challenged me. It wasn't a "conversational" pace for me, but we managed to talk regardless. I seemed more out of breath than she, but we continued on. She stopped to walk for 10-seconds at one point. Very quick. But, I just kept jogging beside her. I never stopped jogging.
She also had one of those GPS watches and she would every so often tell me how far we had gone. Honestly, I didn't even want to know. It seemed to make me more anxious. It made me start thinking about the finish. Thankfully, she never did tell me the amount of time we had been jogging. I appreciate that very much. Because when we hit the turnaround and started headed back for the last half of the race, I KNEW I would make it. There was no way I could stop at that point. I KNEW I had to press on.
And together, we did. We pressed on right through the finish line. We finished in 39:10!!! I couldn't be more ecstatic!!! I can't even imagine it... still. I had only hoped that I would finish in less than 45 minutes. But, to finish in less than 40 minutes???!!!.... WOW!!
My official finishing time was 38:39!!!
And, it really feels good to be able to run. I feel strong. I feel fit. I feel like continuing on!
I hope to have some pictures of the event at some point. My mom took pictures but with one of those throw-away digital cameras. LOL Crazy. So, once she has her photos developed (or whatever you call it with those things..LOL), I'll post some pictures on my page. (UPDATE: My mom couldn't even locate the pictures she took with that pitiful camera! LOL So, I have no pictures from her. No finishline photo either.)
Thanks everyone for all your support as I trained!!! You're the best!!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to do it. I mean, 5K Training has NOT been going well.
Week 1 - I trained 1 day.
Week 1 repeat - I trained 2 days
Week 2 - I skipped altogether. I didn't do any training.
Week 3 - I trained 1 day and then another day I just walked the entire time
And, now, it's week 4!! I am supposed to RUN (no walk intervals) for all of my training days! Day 1 is supposed to be 35 minutes; Day 2, 35 minutes; and Day 3, 40 minutes.
I have been stressing over it for a while now. Yesterday, I was going to do my training, but I just didn't. So, that meant that I just had to do it today if I was going to get in 3 days this week with breaks in between.
I really didn't think I was going to be able to do it. I have never run that long. The most I've run is 10 minutes straight. Soooo, I just determined that I would simply do my best. I thought my best would be 10 minutes and then walk for a few minutes and then repeat that until the 35 minutes were up. But, that wasn't my best. Something kicked in after about 4 minutes. It wasn't a cardiovascular struggle anymore and I had a lot more in me. So, I just distracted myself from thinking about the time and I just kept running and I made it! I made it through the entire 35 minutes without stopping!
I'm just so thrilled!!!
Now, I didn't get very far (2.7 miles). But, that was with a 5 minute warm-up walk and a 5 minute cool-down walk. So, I really did that mileage in 45 minutes. Soo.. if I want to finish the 5K in 45 minutes, I guess I'll have to amp it up. But, I'll know for sure after my 3rd run this week where I have to run for 40 minutes straight. If I can get very close to 3 miles in that time, then I know I should be able to complete the 3.1 in 45minutes.
But, that goal is just tucked away in the back back back of my mind. I really just want to be able to run the 5K without walking any. However long that takes is fine... um, well sort of. :-) LOL
Thanks for the support everyone!!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Well, I've been kind of quiet for about a month and a half... That's because I've been BUSY BUSY BUSY.
At first, I was busy getting in trouble... (I gained 10 lbs in about a week during the first month in February).
Then I was busy celebrating (My birthday and my son's birthday and Valentine's Day... which didn't help to get rid of the 10 lbs.)
And then, I got busy losing...
Finally, TODAY, my ticker reflects the truth of my weight again!! WHAT HARD WORK!!
I didn't bother changing my ticker when I gained that 10 lbs in ONE WEEK!! I couldn't bear it. I did fess up in my status and I said that I wasn't changing my ticker. I just didn't want to get congratulated on re-losing pounds that I had already lost. I didn't want it to seem like I'd been doing so well when I hadn't been. So, now that I've re-lost the 10 lbs that I gained, the ticker is accurate again!!
I'm so glad! That was such a hard lesson learned! My husband's and my daughter's birthdays are this month...but I'm not repeating my mistakes. I don't want my February gain to happen again. It's so not worth it. It's so much easier to gain that it is to lose (as we all know). So, I'm determined to continue going DOWN DOWN DOWN.
I am ONCE AGAIN 5 lbs away from a "HEALTHY" BMI. I'm chasing that milestone along with my "Run a 5K" milestone.
I'm hopeful in regard to both, and I'm going to continue to work hard to reach them.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
This will be short and sweet...
TODAY, I'm praising God because I've reached the 3/4 point of my weight loss journey!!!
I have 5 pounds to lose before I reach HEALTHY and my wedding-day weight! I have 15 more pounds to lose before I reach GOAL!!!!!! What?!!
Honestly, this kind of scares me though...especially right now. You see, February is a celebratory month. Every year, I gain about 5 lbs the first week of February and I keep that 5 lb gain for the entire month. I have not yet figured out how to prevent it.
One reason is because our 30-day spiritual fast ends on February 1st. Start eating...start gaining. It's inevitable. My husband and I and a few members of our church have been fasting for 30 days in January for about 5 years now and I've still not come up with any good strategies for breaking the fast that don't result in an initial 5 lb weight gain. But, I will, again, TRY my hardest.
The other reason is because it's my son's birthday month and it's my birthday month as well. There will be lots of restaurant meals as my friends offer to take me to dinner to celebrate. After 30 days on liquids, it's hard NOT to indulge. Your mind has desired everything but the kitchen sink. So, it's very hard, but I know it's not IMPOSSIBLE. No excuses.
So, with 3 days of the fast remaining...maybe I'll lose 1 or 2 more pounds to buffer the 5 lb gain....maybe I'll be able to hold on to this milestone of being 3/4 of the Way to Goal.
Fingers crossed AND hard work PLANNED.
Stay tuned..... :-)
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