Sunday, September 26, 2010
I guess it was official name of the 10K this morning, but also an unofficial name for mine :)
I started writing a long blog about my dilemma with clothes, my yucky stomach this morning, etc, but then thought no need to bore anyone - I had a goal to run one 10K this year and I DID IT! Struggling in January on the treadmill to do a half a mile is long gone. I planned, trained and met my goal. Even up until yesterday I was giving myself that small out of "walk if you have to" but I didn't. My time was under 12 minute mile, not by much - but it was. For once, I'm really OK with not going faster (I really don't like being a slow runner.)
I love my long sleeve t-shirt they gave out for the race. It's navy, I like myself in navy. I may have gotten too big of a size but Bonnie got a M - I'll wear hers if I have to. I can't wait to wear that shirt, knowing that I DID IT!
Next big goal is the 1/2 in May. I think I'll stay around the 4-5 mile mark for runs this fall. Then build up starting in January.
Thanks for the well wishes - I thought of so many of you today. Your own successes helped me in more ways than you ever know.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Yep, I did.
We chose to go to a trail by my parents that's basically a flat one. I thought it was more tree covered but oh well. We got a later start than we planned (the dog lets us sleep in the one day getting up would have been OK) so of course it was warmer than we had liked.
5 miles is kind of far (takes me 15 minutes to drive 5 miles to work). I am happy I did it. I did walk about 3 minutes of it (excluding the 3 minute warm-up) but I'll take that. It was about a 12:30 min/mile. Many times I thought, this isn't too bad. Other times I looked at my HRM and thought, I am not going to make it. My legs were perfectly fine (well for running) it was the breathing that I struggled with at time. I kept trying to remind myself that even the seasoned runners don't breathe easily. That's part of running.
I'm not sure if I'm happier that I actually ran 5 miles when a few years ago I couldn't run for a minute. Or if I'm happier that I set a goal, got a plan and accomplished it. I guess I have the right to be equally happy :) I don't set goals/follow plans too well. I mean, I do have goal weight and plan but to me it's a little different because it's a long process and I don't have control over what the scale says. This whole exercise thing being so tangible makes it so exciting.
I wrote the other day that a few years ago, I couldn't/didn't run between 2 of the light posts on the trail. Bonnie counted the lamp posts today (she forgot her IPod so she didn't have much to do) - average was 15 lamp posts per mile!!!!! from 2 to 75!!
I have a 5K next weekend. I'm hoping to do a 11ish minute mile and I think that's doable.
I have a 10K scheduled for the end of September. I have the month to add a mile - also doable.
Thanks to all my SparkFriends who support me in my journey. I think of you often when I'm running (and other times, too). I would love to name the ones who pop into my mind often but I know I'd miss one and hurt his/her feelings. Just know if you've pushed yourself to keep improving, I thought of you recently.
I know I'm capable to do more than I ever think I can. Believing in myself is becoming a little easier when I accomplish big goals like I did today.
One last thing, I already bought the charm for my bracelet - Feeling Groovy is the name. I love the name and the reminder that I'm becoming the person I was meant to be!
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