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Finished my 1st 5k!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Last Sunday I competed in my 1st 5k race. It took place in Santa Cruz and was an all women's race with 5,000 women competing. The race took place right next to the ocean and was beautiful! The first mile was slow going because I was in the last group which was mostly walkers so I had to wait for breaks in the crowd to try to sprint around. For a while there we were packed like sardines on the road. After that 1st mile I kept a pretty good pace and there was this 1 amazing sprint I did that felt like nothing, I don't know if it was my adrenaline kicking in or what. My ending time was 49:27 which was 2 1/2 minutes slower than my last time of running. But considering the slow start, I think it went pretty good. I placed in the top 1/3 and my time was 9 minutes better than the average. So all together not too bad. I'm already looking for my next 5k to beat my time. It was a lot of fun!

  
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STEPHM-ARATHON 3/31/2014 9:26AM

    Way to go on your first 5K! That is so exciting to have it done :)

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MBTEPP 3/30/2014 9:36PM

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That was a big race! I love a race with a scenic route.

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Great job!!! I'm sure that you will run many more and have a great time!

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How my First Month Has Gone

Monday, February 24, 2014

So, I've been training for a 5k which is on March 23rd. I started Jan. 25. Training has been rough because I've been so out of shape. But I've been doing good all things considered. We don't have a lot of money so I had to start off with some $20 running shoes from Big 5. Which, of course have given me really no support at all but I've made do. We got our tax return done just recently though so I bought a pair of mid range running shoes today. Just walking in them around the store I could really notice the difference! I'm hoping they'll help because my calves and shins have been hurting the last few days.

This month I challenged myself to run/walk 50 miles in February and it looks like I'll probably hit 40. With my training I've been doing: Mon., Wed., and Fri., as my running days. With Fri. being my long day which I run at the park in the city. They have a 1.5 mile loop trail. Tue. and Thu. I walk and the weekend I rest. My timing for my long days has been terrible. But I've cut off 5 minutes off my time each week. It's not much, but it shows me that I'm improving even if just a little. I'm starting to get the jitters about the 5k and am hoping I can jog/run most of it, at the moment I can't and I'm only 4 weeks out. But thankfully I chose a 5k that is a run/walk race purposely so it would less intimidating.

  
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Running on Valentine's

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Last week I wasn't able to do my long run for my first week of training. (Technically second week, but the first week was walking only) The weather was horrible and my poor baby boy was sick. He had roseola and had been fighting a high fever for a few days. But as soon as Monday came I stuck to this week's training and yesterday on Valentine's I ran/walked 6.4 Miles. It was really really tough and my time was horrible but considering it was my first long run I was proud of myself regardless. And I got to finish the run with a nice picnic in the park with my husband and son. I also thought today I wouldn't be able to walk but other than being a little sore, I'm doing good. Only 5 more weeks until my 5k!

  
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STEPHM-ARATHON 2/18/2014 11:30AM

    Congrats on your long run!

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Watched a Half Marathon Yesterday

Monday, February 10, 2014

Yesterday I got to be a spectator at a local half marathon. I haven't been to a running event since I was a kid. We first watched from our driveway and cheered on the runners going by. Then we drove down the hill and watched from the finish line. It was very exciting and hugely motivational! I knew one of the runners so I got to cheer her on. I had originally considered joining this race but I had only found out about it 3 weeks before hand. So, that wasn't nearly enough time to train. But it also was what got me to register for a 5k and start a training plan for that and work my way up from there. This race had about 500 runners and was still really exciting. There were runners in costumes, runners going back up the hill after finishing to run with people in the back of the pack, a man pushing his son in a wheelchair, etc. The 5k I'll be racing in will have 5,000 women running it, so I can't even imagine.

  
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NHES220 2/10/2014 12:55PM

    Good for you for signing up for the 5k and great that you were cheering the runners on. I know when I run it helps to have people cheering me on!

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ONTHEPATH2 2/10/2014 11:55AM

    Way to get motivated!!! The company I work for sponsors a half marathon in my home town. I am always motivated by the runners, their ages and outward physical abilities or disabilities and the effort they put in to crossing the finish line. There is a group of "angels" who push disabled people in special wheelchairs they call chariots so that they can experience running. You can't help but be moved!

Start that training plan and don't quit! You will be running that race in no time! WooHoo!!!

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MARGARITTM 2/10/2014 11:40AM

    You will be great!

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Beginning to Run

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Yesterday was my first day of my running/walking training. Last week I was doing my all walking training working my way up to this. I'm not going to lie, yesterday was tough. But I did way better than I thought I would. My husband said he was amazed at how well I did. We went to the local playground/park. He and my son played while I did laps around the park. The biggest problem I had was my calves. I'm really good about stretching after I warm up and after my workouts. But all last week and yesterday I had such bad pain in my calves. Today however, the pain seemed to for the most part go away. Today I did a mile of walking up and down the hill of my driveway and once I got past the first couple of times my calves stopped hurting. I didn't have to stop halfway up the hill each time like I've been doing. And I shaved 10 minutes off my time. I'm very excited about that. I also got my pedometer today in the mail so I'm looking forward to being able to track my steps and mileage.

  
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ZOSBOS 2/5/2014 5:05AM

    Well done on your progress so far. When I started running my calves were definitely the biggest issue - I believe stretching is the key and it will ease over time as you get stronger.
Keep up the great work!

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FLAMENM 2/4/2014 10:36PM

    Great progress. I do lots of calf raises to keep mine limber. Hills really give them a work out!

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