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5K update

Thursday, October 14, 2010

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.

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JONNYJETPROP 10/14/2010 9:23PM

    Keep up the good work!

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IUHRYTR 10/14/2010 11:23AM

    That's tremendous progress. Keep it up. -- Lou

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DONNABRIGHT 10/14/2010 9:26AM

    A gain of 5 minutes is awesome!

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My second timed 5K next week!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

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.
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NYARAMULA 10/11/2010 2:21AM

    Keep running gal, you are doing a wonderful job. I am sure you feel great too.

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KENYANAIROBI 10/7/2010 10:41PM

    Wow! That is wonderful! Cannot wait to the day I can run again. Have a wonderful 5K run and keep us posted! Enjoy your weekend!

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CIERAPOET 10/7/2010 4:55PM

    Hey Sista you are doing your thang! emoticon

Enjoy the running which also is known to take off a lot of pounds. It's a blessing to be able to run. emoticon

Keep up all the great work and persevere. You can do anything and have time for anything. God bless your progress!

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PEGGYJEAN13 10/7/2010 2:52PM

    Four years ago I was where you are now. Last month I won 5th place in the 50-59 years old group (28 minutes) with over 600 participants. I look at running as lots of calorie burn in a short amount of time and that is what makes it my favorite exercise.

Good luck to you and keep up the challenge. It is a great way to make new friends.

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PLAYBLUES22 10/7/2010 1:07PM

    Sweetie, love reading this blog I can go like mad and walk 7-10 miles a day but running no, not until now emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/7/2010 11:40AM

    Love your attitude and determination. Give it all you've got. emoticon -- Lou

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JRZG8R 10/7/2010 7:02AM

    Very Inspiring. Thanks. when I saw the title I thought it would be a quick blurb and was prepared to ask you more about your story of getting to running. Instead I opened your blog and got an inspiring story that was fun to read. Thank you. I don't think I will run as I have never liked running even as a kid but there are other things I will do which I can coax myself to do and your success will help me. emoticon

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WALKWITME 10/7/2010 6:30AM

    I Know emoticon

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RYANDEJONGHE 10/7/2010 5:32AM

    That is awesome! I love the idea of a training program for running. It'll keep you at it and get you involved in the 5k's. Well, good luck! Better yet, have fun!

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CELLO23 10/7/2010 5:18AM

    Hope it goes well. Am working up to thinking about a 5k myself - maybe next year. You make it seem possible!

A great idea to write down your own objections and answer them - like talking down your inner gremlin emoticon emoticon. WIll definitely try this! emoticon

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Running on the track

Saturday, October 02, 2010

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.
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JENNIFERKCM 10/5/2010 1:37PM

    That's at least a 3 mile run! Your dream self is on a roll!
Loved you posted this. Made me laugh. You might be suprised when you look back and can read this, and it IS you! WooHoo!

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-PAULA 10/3/2010 3:51PM

    Thanks for all your comments. I hope this dream does come true.

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WALKWITME 10/3/2010 6:01AM

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I Applaud You!

It's such an Accomplishment !

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PRAYDANCRUNLOVE 10/2/2010 9:17PM

    Congratulations. Having the support of your family is invaluable! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 10/2/2010 8:46PM

    Dream come true. . . . God bless & keep working on that. Dee

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IUHRYTR 10/2/2010 8:04PM

    Darn! -- Lou

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CBARRETT10 10/2/2010 6:30PM

  Dreams can come true! emoticon emoticon

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LIL-VIXEN 10/2/2010 5:49PM

    It sounds like you were in your zone. There is nothing like a good dream, maybe one day it will become a reality.

We can hope (LOL)

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JRZG8R 10/2/2010 5:30PM

    May the dream be your reality with the full support of your loved ones. emoticon

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Fun day today

Thursday, September 30, 2010

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.
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DONNABRIGHT 10/1/2010 8:52AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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-PAULA 10/1/2010 6:55AM

    With all the walking and lugging around loot, nothing hurts this morning! emoticon

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LADILYNNE 10/1/2010 1:22AM

    Isn't it weird to say we miss our exercise? A year or two ago I would have laughed and said "yeah, right!" But although I don't run (bad knees) I'm so much more full of energy and now I understand why my dad would take his 2 mile walk everyday (rain or shine). Hope you get back to your run soon!

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 9/30/2010 11:57PM

    Wow, AARP convention...bet that was fun. Those expos and conventions can really take it out of you though. You have to remember to hydrate and keep your strength up because besides learning a lot the take home loot can really weigh you down! Sorry you missed your group run, however, you did pack on the fitness minutes--lots of walking and lugging (reach, grab,lug--repeat). Nice blog! Thanks for sharing.

Enjoy your fall!

~~Debra~~

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JRZG8R 9/30/2010 11:18PM

    AARP and running club in the same blog. Nice! It is strange how we miss our exercise and it messes with our heads a little. The beginning of this year It had been years since I hit the gym. This week I missed the gym because I was moving a thousand pounds of furniture(quite a work out huge armiore down two flights and up two) and I felt bad about missing the gym itself. I hope you make the next running club even though family is more important. emoticon

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Thank you SparkPeople - my week in review

Saturday, September 25, 2010

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!

Bless you and have a wonderful weekend!
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CBARRETT10 9/26/2010 3:25PM

  emoticon Congratulations on the recognition! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 9/25/2010 4:29PM

    Keep the faith and hang tough. Congratulations on the well deserved recognition. -- Lou

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PLAYBLUES22 9/25/2010 2:59PM

    Sweetie you are the best and don't you forget it

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