I did my 5K race Tuesday evening. I didn't beat my previous by 10 minutes like my plan but I did by 5 minutes. I didn't do much socializing during this run (just a couple minutes).
Now that the weather is cooling, my greatest hurdle are those hills that we have plenty of. I tire walking the hills, now I have to really work on running them.
I felt really good and accomplished after my race mentally. It is such a liberating feeling.
Physically, I'm amazed. Two days later and I still have no aches and pains. I think I'll credit that to the Softsole I picked up from the sports store the other day. Now that I have better shoe support, I will push harder.
Tonight I have a track work scheduled, 300m x 10. With warmup and cool down, that will probably be 13 times total around the track.
Sunday morning schedule is for 6 miles (the hills again). I'm actually starting to love getting up to go running on Sunday morning before the sun comes up.
Last night I received a weekly training e-mail from our running coach. We are signed up for another 5K next week. I didn't sign up for this 5K. It was given to me and my co-runners as part of our training. Whenever there is a 5K at the center, we are signed up for free.
I am so loving this 5K/10K training program I'm in. Before I signed up in August, I came up with all sorts of excuses why I should not take the training because, unlike C25K, the times are set for these sessions and I can't just do them whenever I want.
Some of my arguments to myself:
1. It will be too hot some days (and class will go on).
2. It will be too cold some days (and class will go on).
3. What if it rains? I don't want to run in the rain. Why do I have to run in the rain?
4. Why should I pay $50 to learn to run when I can do a C25K program for free?
5. How can I tell DH I paid $50 for a running class? My neighbors (mom and sis) will laugh if they knew I paid money to run.
6. I will miss too many classes due to other obligations and work.
7. One class meets at 7 on Sunday morning. I'm not even up at 7 on Sunday morning unless I'm working and I couldn't go then anyway!
8. When the time changes it will be too dark.
9. There are some steep hills around the facility. I don't wanna be running up no hills!
10. Did I say too hot? It's August. It's Florida. It's too hot at 6 pm!
None of the above issues were a big deal - I worked through them (except telling anyone except my wonderful SparkPeople that I actually paid for this class ).
Then I remembered a motivational saying: "Someone who is busier than you is running right now." I found it and posted it on my desktop. DH also gave me a boost of motivation when he joked and said what I was doing wasn't running. Then I was even more determined to go sign up for this running class!
This upcoming 5K will be different for me. I plan to beat my first 5K time by at least ten minutes (my first time was a pitiful 51 minutes). My first race I didn't take seriously - I laughed and talked with the other slow runners I had been grouped with. I even slowed near the finish line so I would not leave my friends too far behind. Even with the other runners cheering me on and seeing the clock ticking away, I walked instead of running, to the finish line. I just felt weird the whole time because it was just our second week of training and I didn't want to rush it and hurt myself.
The cost of the training has already paid for itself by not having to pay the normal registration fees for these two races. No doubt there will be other races in the next two months. I cherish the friendships I'm making in this running group. I have learned though that once that horn sounds its time to leave the socializing alone.
I have a 5 mile long run on Sunday morning and my 5K on Tuesday. Will post updates.
Early this morning I was running on the track over and over again. I went around at least a dozen times. DH and some other family members were in the stands watching me and cheering for me but I did good. I didn't even have to stop to walk. Then the alarm went off for me to get up to start work.
Today, I went to the AARP National Convention. I also took my mom and a couple friends. It was an expo filled with exhibitors and giveaways. We must have walked over five miles. I know it was a mile each way to my car. Forgot to take my pedometer.
Only bad thing was I missed another day of my running group. I missed Tuesday, too, because it was storming outside so we went inside to classroom learning. I'll miss Sunday too because I have to work. I have grown to love running with a group. It's like running a 5K race at least once a week when we go for a long run.
My week started out rather down. I was feeling bad because I felt DH was not supporting me in getting healthy. Something about fried chicken and mac and cheese and sweet potato pie but we are past all that and back to grilled chicken and salad and broccoli.
Then I get an e-mail from SparkPeople with the subject "You Are A Motivational Member". What! I have read this over and over all week and still trying to digest it all. So yesterday I found my SparkPage on the Motivational Spark Pages under Positive Attitude. All I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH THOSE WHO VOTED FOR ME! I will remember this not only as I Spark but in my everyday life outside of SparkPeople to live up to being a positive motivator.
I'm on my way to a Festival - I love this time of year for the fall festivals!