Saturday, April 23, 2011
Next week I start a 5K/10K runner training program at my local wellness center. I'm excited to be starting again training with a group of runners. I took this training last year in the fall but dropped out at about 13/16 weeks because the time changed and a couple times I was out there around 7 p.m. in the dark by myself. Later I ran into another slower runner from the group and she said she dropped out for the same reason. That won't be a problem this summer. We'll only have heat
and maybe some storms
DH is really supporting me this time. He reminds me that if I really want to run (which I do) I have to be ready for any situation. I've also read so many motivational blogs here on SP. The saying "Just Do It!" is appropriate here.
This time I am more prepared for training. I never stopped running. I brought a treadmill and faithfully used that during my lunch breaks. When the weather got nice I ran around the blocks. I actually started training for a half marathon earlier this year. I stopped, though, when I realized my work schedule wouldn't allow me to take off the day of the half.
I got a schedule change at work recently from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. start time. Since the time changed again putting me in a.m. darkness, I patiently wait until it's light enough for me to go out. Right now I have about an hour.
Yesterday I tried to time myself for a 5K with over 40 minutes to spare before work. I went the same route I've gone with DH before. I encountered a growling, charging dog the owner could hardly control, a barking dog in front yard tied to chain and another barking dog in front yard with no chain (don't these people have fenced back yards??)
On my way home I looked at my watch and saw I had 15 minutes left before work. Even though I had music on, the thoughts were going through my head:
"What was I thinking starting out on this journey and have to go to work?"
"Hope there aren't any steep hills."
"Hope someone comes along an offers a ride - I'll take it!"
"Hope that stupid computer doesn't malfunction during clock-in. It could take as long as 8 minutes to clock me in."
"I can do this, I can do this."
"Maybe I'll clockin on my cell phone - no it'll take too much time to stop and do that."
"I hate running. I love running. I hate running. No, I love it and I love being out here."
"Sure is quiet out here. You can tell it's a holiday. No loud school buses going up and down the street."
"Oh no, a Hill! Now less than 10 minutes before clock-in" I stopped for a picture.
I have been practicing on hills lately, walking but not running. To clockin on time, I would have to jog up this one. I thought about what my running coach would say "The sooner you do it, the sooner you get to go home." I jogged up the hill.
"Who said there are no hills in Florida! There are hills everywhere here! This should be called Hill County!" I reached the top of the hill and rounded the corner.
"Alrighty, I got this!" Unfortunately my distance was 2.9 instead of
Got home, clocked in one minute early. Then thought maybe I'll finish up my 5K on a treadmill. Went to the treadmill and started running for a few minutes.
"This is stupid, I'll have to do this another time. Plus, I'm on someone's clock now. I better just get off and stretch."
I felt really good all day long about my run. Considering I stopped to focus and take a picture, my time was pretty good. I'll still walk it on some of the days I don't have running class. The difference in going to the class is the class will keep me motivated. I'll have other runners around me. And no wildly barking dogs.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Today is my day off. I woke up determined to beat my recorded step record of 15,498. It's been the same since October 31 when I was with my running group. Of course, working at home doesn't help because, other than the weekend or my almost daily 30 minute treadmill runs, I don't get a lot of mileage in.
As soon as I got dressed and a bit of fuel for energy, I realized it was about to rain. Hard rain. I had breakfast and coffee and managed to get out three hours later. No sun yet. The walk by the water was breezy and cool. The sun came out, it was still breezy by the water. I kept going. After all, I had a goal.
Today I did walk/run intervals, 8.12 miles, 16,423 steps. Broke my mileage and step record!
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