Monday, March 25, 2013
As predicted, it was about 40F, mostly cloudy and snowy on Saturday morning. When we left our house, it was just lightly snowing and I could see the sun peaking through the clouds. But, when we got to the location of the Purple Day 5K race, there was snow everywhere. It wasn't just trickling, there was about six inches of accumilation on the ground. Quite a surprise really.
But, this didn't stop us from wanting to run or having fun. We bundled up really good and got our bibs on.
My father was there to cheer us on and watch over my kids while my husband and I ran the race. I was really glad that he was able come out there and support us.
We had discussed before the race started about what my best time was for finishing a 5K. I had reminded him that it has been 35:15 min/sec. I set this record over a year ago when I was just getting started with my running. I haven't been able to beat it since. Maybe this time I will.
We started to line up for the start of the race and my husband was right by my side. We had already planned to stay together for the race and finish side by side.
And we were off. I forgot to put my heart rate monitor watch on to keep time, so I wasn't sure how fast we were going. I had to stop and tie my shoes twice! I was a bit frustrated with that. I did keep going though and I push myself as much as I could. It wasn't snowing anymore and the sun was starting to peak through the clouds. It seemed like mid-winter out there, but I could see several birds flying around.
By the time we got to the half way point, I was quite winded. I was pushing my limits and trying to do my best. I had to catch my breath though when we got to the water station. I walked for about a minute while I finished my water, then got right back into it.
My husband kept telling my not to slow down, to keep pushing and to make good time. I appreciated it. He wanted to start sprinting as we go to the last mile, but I wasn't ready for that. I knew that my dad would be at the finish line to see us and I was looking forward to seeing what time we were making. As we saw the finish line ahead of us, my husband insisted we try to go as fast as we can to the end. My breathing was heavy huffing and puffing but, with all my strength I pushed myself. I wanted to see what I could do and I wanted to make good time.
As we got closer to the finish, I could see the clock....34 minutes.... I was about 25 feet away. I could hear my dad cheering..." You can do it!!!"... "You're going to beat your time!!!"...."You're going to do it!!"...." 34 minutes...Come on!!!!" ..."YEAH!!!!"....
34:21 min/sec ---I crossed the finish line! My dad was still cheering..."YOU DID IT!!! YOU DID IT!!!! 34 minutes!!!!!"
I was so proud of myself. I finally beat my best time after a year of trying! I averaged an 11 minute mile and kept it up.
I am really glad that my husband stayed with me the whole time and encouraged me to step it up as much as I could. I am also glad my dad was there cheering my on and making the most of my finish line. This was a GREAT DAY!!!
Monday, March 18, 2013
I have been slacking a little bit with my fitness lately. I have taken two days off in the past week. I have been over scheduling myself and I have been trying to do too much. I am hoping to get some running in today, though. I am not sure if I will be running on the track at the park or if I will go to the gym. I have a race this weekend, just a 5K, and I want to make sure that I will be able to do my best!
I am going to make a point to keep up with my fitness goals this week. I am aiming for 1000 fitness minutes this month. I did originally set the goal to 650 fitness minutes, but I already passed that. I am at 705 currently. So, I have to set a higher goal. As long as I get at least 30 minutes a day, I should be able to meet this goal. Although, it would be even better to surpass the goal!
Monday, March 11, 2013
I was a bit apprehensive about doing a 10 Mile race. I had never ran a race that was 10 miles before. I have completed a half marathon (13.1 miles) before but that was last May. I was also concerned because I knew that there were going to be a lot of hills.
I try not to get too overwhelmed with the distance. I just focus on one mile at a time and do my best each mile. I know that I will get to the finish line eventually.
I had my stopwatch on and I decided to only look at it when I got to a mile post. I was averaging an 11 minute mile for the first 4 miles, then the uphill battle began. All the way to mile post 5 was up hill. I was trying to keep my stride, but I was having a hard time. I did my best, but that mile took me 15 minutes.
I got to the halfway (5 miles) at the one hour mark. I was hoping to complete the rest of the race in 2 hours and I was meeting my mark, so far. There were more hills along the course and some of them really slowed me down. I didn't give up though. I simply too a breather and kept going.
Towards the last couple of miles, I ran the best that I could. The hills were gone and I was able to keep a good pace. I was a little worried that there weren't other racers in my view. I saw a few people pass me, but I couldn't see them anymore. I was hoping that I wasn't the last one to finish.
I crossed the finish line in 2 hours 15 minutes. This was a little bit longer than I was hoping, but I did get through it!! There were only a handful of people left at the finish line. I had to flag someone down to help me get my timing chip off. I didn't let finishing almost last get to me though. After about 15 minutes, a few other ladies passed the finish line.
I am not sure how many people there were left to finish, but I wasn't the last!
I am glad that I was able to finish the race. I amaze myself.
Friday, March 08, 2013
I did some TAEBO last night. I wasn't sure if I was going to be up for it, since it is pretty intense and it was getting pretty late for the evening. But, my husband mentioned that he hadn't worked out for the day and I saw an opportunity. I said, why don't we do TAEBO then? He was thinking about it. I thought that it would be a good way for me to show off how good I have been able to get at it. He didn't seem motivated to see me beat him at it. So, I offered motivation. I agreed to rub is feet for every minute he lasted doing TAEBO. He gladly accepted the challenge.
I grabbed my stop watch and set everything up for us to get started. I was thinking that he would crap out at about the 20 minute mark, he was hoping that he would make it to the 30 minute mark. I pushed the start button and we got going.
I could tell after just five minutes that he was having a hard time keeping up, but he kept going and did his best. After a little bit longer, with sweat dripping from his forehead, he asked, how long has it been now? I said 15 minutes. Huffing and puffing, he pushed himself to continue. He started to complain that his joints were hurting and he was feeling overwhelmed. He lasted 28 minutes.
And after I finished the rest of the hour long TAEBO work out, I gave him a 28 minute foot rub as promised. If only I got one too....
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