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I DID IT! My first 5K! :D

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?!??!!?

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MISSY1013 9/5/2010 10:20AM

    Congrats!! I too am looking forward to my first 5k. Hopefully, it will be October 30th. I just haven't committed to it as of yet.


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EMISLOSINGIT 9/4/2010 5:11PM

    Way to go! Great job on your first 5K! I am just starting the C25K program and I can't wait till I can say that I ran my first 5K! Again awesome job!

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NYXX27 9/4/2010 5:02PM

    WAY TO GO!!!! I don't think I coul drun 5k!

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NYXX27 9/4/2010 5:02PM

    WAY TO GO!!!! I don't think I coul drun 5k!

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NYXX27 9/4/2010 5:01PM

    WAY TO GO!!!! I don't think I coul drun 5k!

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MERISSA1315 9/4/2010 4:22PM

    so very proud of you and happy for you!!

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SWEETCFO 9/4/2010 1:24PM

    Awesome, Awesome job!! Excellent time too. emoticon Congrats on beating your PR!!

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MANDA_JEAN8801 9/4/2010 1:19PM

  congrats!! GReat Job.. and you deserve your flatbread and coffee~

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JUST_SIMONE 9/4/2010 1:17PM

    Congratulations!!! I have yet to run my first 5k but you inspire me!

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OFFDREA 9/4/2010 12:36PM

    oh, and that time!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!! Good for you!!!!

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OFFDREA 9/4/2010 12:36PM

    I am fighting back the tears as I am at my desk at work right now. I am so freakin proud of you!!!!! Your excitement just emanates from your blog. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FARAWAY84Z 9/4/2010 12:11PM

    Congrats!!!! It is so exciting that you finished your first 5K. I starting the Couch to 5K program this week and am hoping to complete my first 5K in the next few months.
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    Congrats! That's so exciting. I'm about to run my first 5k next Sunday and it's awesome to see you reaching your goals! Woohoo!

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5 Days Until Race Day!!! ADVICE?

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! :)

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MSWEBB8046 8/31/2010 11:45AM

    Just stick to your regular foods this week. I drink A LOT of water the day/night before a 5K the next morning. I also do not work out the day before a 5K. I like to warm up for at least 10 mins. before the 5K. Stretch and warm-up. I hope this helps, this is just some of the things I do before every 5K! Good Luck! I can't wait to hear your time and results!

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DINGALLSTOO 8/30/2010 9:11PM

    no advice-I'd just be walking!! ;^D just wanted to say good for you! Enjoy the feel good when you are done.

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FRECKS96 8/30/2010 5:56PM

    Don't drink coffee or too much of any other beverage-including water-prior to the race. Like less than a glass. Feel free to read my latest blog (Race report) for details.

The biggest thing is have fun and don't hurt yourself trying to keep up with the front of the pack.

Good Luck!!!!

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MERISSA1315 8/30/2010 12:35PM

    My tips:

Don't eat anything new this week. Stick with what you know isn't going to upset your tummy.

Take the day before off, you don't want your body to be trying to recover when you're trying to push.

Remember, race day is going to be completely different from any other run you've done. You are going to be super amped but try not to go to hard too soon. You're going to do awesome!

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OFFDREA 8/30/2010 10:06AM

    I have no advice as I have not done a race before however I know you will get some great advice. All I have to say is WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mixed Emotions

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.

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OFFDREA 8/19/2010 3:22PM

    There will always be girls smaller than you, always. Its a fact of life. You have something much more important and better than their bikini bods, the drive and ambition to make yourself a better person inside and outside. Those little chickies will be kicking themselves down the road when their metabolism slows down. I unfortunately watched that happen with my sister. She was always tiny and ate like crap. Now, she is larger than I am for the first time in our lives. She is pretty upset too as she didn't see it coming. Why do you need to be a hottie with a body on campus? You have your man who loves you right? Who gives a flying f*ck what anyone else things. You are doing this for you and you are doing AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pick up 30lbs of weight and see how heavy that is! Have a great weekend!!!!

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CECE0330 8/19/2010 12:27PM

    You know, i spent the weekend in Vegas. There were THOUSANDS of girls who were smaller than I will EVER be. The old me would have felt super self-conscious, and like I didn't deserve to be there. But you know what? I've worked my butt off for these muscles I'm developing. My legs are STRONG, and I bet I could beat most of them in a race! It is easy to get caught up in the physical OUTSIDE, but just keep telling yourself you are setting the groundwork for a great physical INSIDE that is so, so,so much more important! (or think of it this way: Most of those girls don't have to work for their small bodies. Trust me, if they are not educating themselves about fitness & nutrition, they are going to be fighting this battle 10-15-20 years down the road when you're rocking a fit, fabulous body!)

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Expedited 5K Training Progress :)

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! :)

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MERISSA1315 8/17/2010 11:07AM

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ALESHABEE 8/16/2010 9:17PM

    You go hot mamacita!!! emoticon

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OFFDREA 8/16/2010 3:59PM

    you are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who gives a crap how long it takes you to run a mile, you RAN it! Keep up the good work!!!!
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BABYFATBGONE2 8/16/2010 10:02AM

  that's awesome! I'm starting to run as well. I've actually been running on/off for a few months. This wk i just started 7min run with 1 min walk. It really does feel great...Congrats on a healthy nite out!!!

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  So happy for you! Running is by far the best high :).

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Upcoming 5K - HELP

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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  I totally think you can do this as well. My way of practicing for 5k's is to jump on my treadmill and find the pace I can keep going at forever basically. I've found that for me it's at about a 4.5 speed no incline. I can keep going and going on this. When you find the speed that you can keep on going at, try doing the whole 5k on there and then push for more and more speed when you can. I've been sick for like the last month, and in the last year I"ve gained a whole bunch of weight back from where I was at, but the endurance to run long distance is still there for me. I think running rocks! I hope you sign up for your 5k and love it as much as I did, and keep doing more of them!

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ALYXLN 8/16/2010 2:22AM

    That's awesome! Good luck, I'm sure you'll do great. I am doing a charity 5k walk every other weekend until the end of October. I'm going to walk the first two, walk/run the second two and attempt to run the last two, or at least the last one. I started C25k last week. There's a mobile app for Couch to 5k and it's AMAZING.

Anyway, good luck, you'll rock it out :)

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MSWEBB8046 8/12/2010 7:35PM

    I agree with the ladies also! I have been doing C25K and I love it. I just so what it says and if my body can't do it. Then I don't but some days I can run a little longer then I push myself and do it. I started out walking 4 miles first though. So I think that is why it was just a little easier for me. I know you can do it. Just listen to your body!

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FRECKS96 8/12/2010 5:44PM

    I agree with the C25K training, but I would also caution you not to do too much too fast. While it's doable, you would also risk injury and burn-out. How long have you been running? Most people would strongly caution against running more than 3-4 day/week.

Is there a different 5K, maybe in October, that you could aim to run for and do a walk/run for the September one? Just my thoughts.

Good luck, whatever you choose to do.

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MERISSA1315 8/12/2010 5:29PM

    I completely 10,000% believe you can do it. Check out the C25K program. It is a 9 week program but you don't have to start with week one. How long are you capable of running for? Not distance, time. Take a look at that and jump into the program where you think you are going to be challenged but not kill yourself.

Also remember that race day is a lot different from running on your own. There are a lot of other factors that come into play. Like adrenaline.

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