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New PR for 5K = Bling and a hug!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Did a 5K this morning. My lower back has been sore lately so I was a bit worried about how I would do. Didn't seem to matter much, 'cuz I made a PR with a time of 26:47 and placed 2nd in my age group.

There were only 3 of us in my AG, but hey, I beat one of them.

They gave me some bling for 2nd place, and I got a hug, too! I didn't see anyone else getting hugs, so my chick magnetism still works.

I really pushed myself, kept checking my heart rate, and it was consistently around 175 bpm and I know that is working hard. My back was kinda sore at the end, and I looked and felt whipped.

This was my 4th race since I started running. Pretty happy with my results so far. And it sure is fun.

I am apprehensive about my Half Marathon coming up next week. When I train, I don't seem to have a lot left in me after the 10 mile mark. Hoping the race day adrenaline, and excitement will carry me through.


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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/10/2012 8:44AM

    emoticonyou are such an inspiration. Make to sure keep fueled and hydrated for your half, a shot of Goo around mile 10 should get you thru. A slow steady pace will get you to that finish line. Can't wait to hear all about it. emoticon

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BOILHAM 2/4/2012 2:58PM

  Wow, so someone is actually reading these blogs! Thanks for all the well wishes.
@ LOOOKINGGOOD - thanks, I am off to a good start, but I realize I will peak soon. One can only run so hard at age 65. But, I am stubborn, so who knows?
@ LAURIE - thanks, I will be glad to have you as a friend!Love your enthusiasm.
@ TIMOTHYNHOE too bad you didn't get your bling. I won 1st place once 'cuz I was the only one in my AG! Thanks for the encourgement.
@DORAL Thanks. :) I am doing the 1/2 Marathon just to finish (yeah, right) secret goal under 2 1/2 hours. Have another in March also.
@MFLYNN how nice. We are all stars, for sure. Those poor couch potatoes haven't a clue what they are missing. I have a great deal of respect for every person who enters a race, run or walk.
@ MADDIEMOM - thanks! Just saw your post and edited my reply to thank you.


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MADDIEMOM27 2/4/2012 2:51PM

    Great job!!!!

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LOOOKINGOOD 2/4/2012 2:04PM

    Congrats on hitting a PR and all your successes this morning!! What a great run you had! Regarding the HM, after 10 miles, the finish line is only a 5K away!

Thanks for sharing your story!

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LAURIE5658 2/4/2012 1:27PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog via the friend feed. Now I am off to add you as a friend! Happy running!


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TIMOTHYNOHE 2/4/2012 12:36PM

    In my first ever race, I was third place in my age group, I had no idea and I left before the awards ceremony so I didn't get my bling. Since then, I have never placed or showed in my AG. But you can be sure I stay for the awards ... just in case. Maybe when I roll to the 60-64 age group.

You da man!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/4/2012 12:21PM

    Awesome job on your 5k today. I am still trying to get to your time. Best of luck to you next weekend on your half. My first half is on March 4th and I can't wait to get out there and do it. In the meantime...I am just practicing for the race. Lol!!!!

Love your spirit...meant to say charm.


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MFLYNN8 2/4/2012 12:20PM

    I've never won anything, but I feel like a star. You ARE a super star with your bling! emoticon

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Plugging along

Monday, January 30, 2012

Went to visit my daughter and grandkids for a few days. Returned home yesterday. I did 3 straight days of running and a couple days light lifting during my stay. My 15 year old grandson (benches 225!) has a nice set of free weights, but I don't like the olympic bar, so I just used dumbells.

One of the nice things about where they live, is that it's at Lake Wales, FL which has a 2 1/4 mile running concrete path which has some nice little hills and dips. Good for counting towards a "hill run" day. Back and forth - 4.5 miles. Did this 4.5 miles 3 days straight then took 2 days off.

Today I am going to do about 7 miles - walk/run as a tapered long run, as I have a 5K this Saturday, and don't want to be too sore or weak for that one.

My recovery times are not so good sometimes, because I tend to overtrain for my age group. Being new to this, I am still working all this stuff out by trial and error. And then, I am balancing running with my weight training. My weight training is not so intense as it was, but I justify that with the enthusiasm for my NEW running interest. Suppose it will sort itself out with time. I do intend to continue with both, as I am sure the aerobic effect of the running is helping lower by body fat percentage.

Having some trouble there too. Trying to take in enough protein, and now more carbs for running endurance, and still lose body fat, while staying strong enough to complete long runs (15M most recent) in preparation for a Full Marathon later - next year ?

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BOILHAM 1/30/2012 12:54PM

  Thanks Skinny and Lose4Life for posting.

Finished my run today, turned out to be 7.57 miles total. emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/30/2012 10:10AM

    Glad you got to visit with the kiddies and still get in some workouts. You're doing great, can't wait to hear all about your upcoming race. emoticon

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LOSE4LIFE47 1/30/2012 10:05AM

    You are doing great so keep up the good work.

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New PR set on my 3rd 5K Race Today

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Finished the Seasons 5.2K race in Winter Park this morning. The weather couldn't have been better, cool and dry. Well organized race, cheerful volunteers, plenty of parking. Coffee and hot chocolate at the start and plenty of food at the end including bananas, oranges, grapes, Clif Bars and maybe more that I didn't see.

What a huge event! This race had over 2,300 participants. Not being accustomed to such a large event, I got off to a poor start because I placed myself in a difficult starting position.

There were signs posted at the starting line for different paces. As racing etiquette calls for, I placed myself between the 9min and 10min per mile pace, as I intended to start off slowly. And, boy did I start slow -- slower than I wanted, I just couldn't get around those who should started behind the 9 - 10 mark.

I jumped onto the sidewalk to get around walkers and slower runners and started at my intended starting pace, but this cost me time. If this was just a fun run, it wouldn't have mattered so much, but I was looking to compete in this run. Though I was disappointed with my time, I did okay, I placed 7th in my 65-70 year old age group which had a whopping 33 runners!

There were two ending times for this race, due to the unique length of 5.2K. My time for the 5.2 was 28:14 and I got a new PR for my 5K time: 27:19, despite my slow start.

Now tomorrow a day of rest, then my long run on Monday. Nice being retired, I can do my long runs any day of the week - don't have to wait for a weekend!



5K this weekend

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So, I just got back from a great run, after a nice days rest yesterday. The weather is so nice in Florida, It was probably in the high 50s when I started - bright sunshine, since I got a later than usual start. I did a slow 3.1m at a 2/1 run/walk. So it took me about 40 minutes to do it. But those nice slow runs are very enjoyable, except I always have to rein myself in. I want to go faster and not walk, but I know that's not advisable at my age and doing a race in 2 days.

My race this Saturday is the Seasons 52 Park Ave 5.2K Run. That's right 5.2 'cuz the Restaurant that sponsors the run is Seasons "52" get it? Yuk yuk.

At this point in my training when I run several days in a row I get aches and pains. Still kind of at the trial and error stage, having only been running a few months. The long runs take their toll as well. I couldn't believe how exhausted I was when I did a 13m long run last week. It took me way longer than I thought it would, too.

My projection was to run 13.1 miles in about 2hr 15mins, according to my age and times for a 5K and a 10K. Probably just need to do lots more long runs before my time will be correct.

Anyway, I am scheduled to do 2 Half Marathons in the near future, so I will write about my results after I do 'em. I know, just do the first one "to finish" I know that intellectually --but my ego wants a run I can be proud of. Pretty sure I don't have a "dominant" left or right brain, 'cuz mine are constantly in battle.

Ok. So that's my first blog entry. Hope one of your brainsides got something out of it. -Vic-

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BOILHAM 1/19/2012 4:52PM

  Thanks Kelsey. We also do some RV camping. Did the western states and Natl Parks twice last year. Know exactly where Destin is -- good luck on your 5K!

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KELSEY54 1/19/2012 2:53PM

    Congrats and good luck. I am doing a 5K walk on Saturday here in Destin Fl. I have gone from a sendentary life in Oct. to playing tennis 6hrs. a week, zumba 2hrs a week and soon to start
Nordic walking. On my off days from that I walk 3 miles. I really didn't realize how fun life could be. emoticon emoticon

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