Saturday, September 04, 2010
So it's over! I trained, I came, and I conquered! :) 40:21... I beat my PR of 46:13 and my GOAL of 50 minutes. I didn't come in last... I was kind of towards the tail end of the runners. I ran the ENTIRE time.
I hit a really rough patch towards the end of the 3rd mile. Other runners had rounded the loop and were running towards me on the other side of the road. I could feel my legs turning to lead and my lungs had been on fire for a little while- I was telling myself out loud: "Push. Just push." From across the way, one of the runners yelled out to me: "You're running! It's a 5K, right?!?!" She had the biggest smile on her face- I knew I was almost home- I had to keep pushing. I went up to her after the race and thanked her. She said it was her first race, too. People can be so great sometimes. As I finished, some people from nursing school (there was also a 1 mile Fun Run/Walk that they had participated in for our nursing student club) were waiting for me at the finish line, cheering. :) I could see Brandon straight ahead- and then it was over! :)
This was after the race- stopped at Dunkin Donuts. Felt kind of contradictory that I had just run a 5K and I was at a donut shop, but whatever. I wanted a French Vanilla iced coffee (w/ Skim & Splenda) and an egg white flatbread thing! So that's what I had! :D
With my biggest fan and hugest source of encouragement. He thinks I can do anything- and I'm not going to tell him any different! :) I am so in love with this man!!!!
I can't believe I did it... this big girl who couldn't run for 30 seconds a few months ago. That kid who always walked the mile-run in gym class.
What's next? 5K Number 2- October 2nd!!!
I am officially a runner. :) How flippin' cool is that?!??!!?
Monday, August 30, 2010
That's right Sparkpeople! My first 5K is on Saturday! I can't believe those words are leaving my mouth, but I'm really excited.
March of Dimes 5 K
8 am Saturday September 4th
Mostly flat terrain- sidewalks and asphalt.
Is there anything I should eat/not eat this week? How many days should I train this week? Should I run the day before? Help me out, Sparkland! Thanks so much for your input! I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M DOING THIS!!!! :D This would have never been possible without the encouragement from all the people on this site, or the motivation and inspiration that comes from those who have already lead by example. THANK YOU! :)
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I find that I have a fairly self-defeating personality. Whether I like to admit it not, I am NOT the eternal optimist.
I didn't get a parking pass this year. It's my last semester and I'm only on campus for 2 days a week, so Brandon is going to drop me off @ campus (he works nearby) so I'll have extra time to utilize the on-campus rec center that I'm already paying for, as well as have time to study at the library. All of this sounded great to me this morning.
I ran 2.1 miles at the rec center before my first class, set a new PR of 13:36/1-mile, and ran 2.1 miles total... I got lapped a few times, but I felt decent about the fact that I never slowed down. I'm not running for them, I'm running for me.
But on my treck back to the library in between classes, I found that my self-esteem suffers tremendously when I get around other people, mainly girls. I live in a beach town, and I've always had issues with feeling like I don't fit in. I came to the realization today that I don't have to fit in, I'm not a beach bunny- I'm here for the nursing program. I also came to the realization that even though I've lost 35 lbs- I'm still the BGOC-Big girl on campus. I am no longer the heaviest person in the nursing program, which (sadly) makes me really happy. But I still feel like a one-piece with a coverup amongst lots of hotties in bikinis (some people do actually wear their bathing suits to class.) I dunno... I just feel GREAT about me and what I've done until I get around other people. I've run out of time to be a hottie with a body while in college. I have to accept that. However, I have never been this healthy. NEVER in my life could I run a mile, or even 30 seconds without stopping- I ran 2.1 this morning. I'm running a 5K in 3 weeks, and I HAVE LOST 30+ pounds. Sometimes it seems like in the long run, it doesn't matter. I'm just having a hard time staying focused on the good I've done.
I have made progress, and a few people have commented. I don't know what I expected... I'm still twice the size of most girls on this campus. I just have to keep believing that I'm doing this for me, my future, my future husband, my health... and I should feel good about ME... no matter who's around me...
Easier said than done.
Monday, August 16, 2010
So... I'm wicked proud of myself. :)
I keep looking back over the past few months. I haven't lost a million pounds, I havenít gone down a bunch of sizes (yet) and I'm not unrecognizable to anyone else. But today, I was unrecognizable to me. This 22 year old chick ran her first non-stop mile ever. Never in my life have I ever run more than a few minutes without stopping. What did I do to celebrate? I grabbed some water and did it all over again. :)
I was proud of myself Thursday and Friday when I was able to complete my 3 and 5 minute runs, as I jumped into the C25K around week 4, thinking I could hack it. And I actually did alright. I had to push, but that's what it's all about.
I used the map function with SP to figure out a route, and if I run to a particular road and back to my apartment block it's 1.1 miles round trip. I had been incorporating my warmup walk into my distance, but now I walk 2.5 minutes in the other direction, 2.5 back, and start my running at square one. I wanted to see how far I could go without stopping, and it ended up being a full mile. And then another mile. :)
I'm being cautious not to do too much, too fast. I don't want to burn out or injure myself. I'm being careful to stretch and not to push too much. I'm averaging about a 15:35 mile with my C25K times and free running... which I don't think is awful? Is that bad?
Anyway, thought I'd share it with my Sparkfriends! Oh yeah- we went to dinner tonight and I had a wrap and some tortilla chips and a few bites of cheesecake and lots of water... I did what I was supposed to do! It was awesome- I didn't feel deprived at all. I went over my calories, but I also burned a bunch extra today. What a cool, I-did-what-I-set-out-to-do-and-my-hard-wor
k-is-paying-off day! :)
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Okay guys- I have the opportunity to run a 5K in September. For those of you runners- how can I (quickly) push and build to being able to run 3.3 miles from being able to run just under half a mile?
Can I do it? What kind of pace should I go for? I would absolutely LOVE to do this! I am comitted to getting up early before class/clinicals to train, and training 7 days a week if I need to.
Someone who has made this kind of progress before or someone who knows running... help me out! :D Peez!?! I don't care about my time- I just want to be able to jog/run the WHOLE time. Can I get there in 3 weeks?!?!
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