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Reflections on my first 5k

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Well, this is a little belated, but I had a crazy busy weekend with family and friends at the house, and my big guy starting kindergarten this week!

My first 5k was Friday night and I trained for about 8-9 sessions, using the couch to 5k program and the coolrunning site. I chose a local race for my first 5k, and in many ways I am very glad I did. So many spectators and runners were so supportive, shouting encouragements and good jobs as we ran our out and back in the pouring rain that started around 5 and didn't stop until around 9! Running in my little town also gave me the chance to try the route out on 2 practice runs Monday and Wednesday morning. I knew when to expect the incline and what to expect road conditions to be like. The only major drawback was that being in such a small race, I knew a LOT of people and they knew me (and where I ended up finishing too!). We also did not receive a race bib, but I am proudly wearing my size small t-shirt :) The other negatives of the day were because of the rain; I got no pics and my boys did not get to see hubby and I finish.

I set several goals for myself on this first run, all of which I accomplished. The most important one: I was going to jog the entire time...no walking breaks for me. My other goals were trivial, but still in the back of my mind. I did not want to finish last. I know finishing was supposed to be enough, especially since at this time last year I couldn't dream of doing something so physically challenging. But I'm just too competitive to be happy with last and as it turned out I was third to last LOL. My last goal was to improve on my previous best running time of 37:50, and I'm very proud to say I did a 36:19! Overall, I am extremely happy with how everything went. In fact, I am already pondering 2 more races in the future...an 8k at the end of October in the Quad Cities, and a half marathon next May in Wisconsin. Maybe I'm crazy, but then again, maybe I really am a runner!

  
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MOM-OF-SIX 8/26/2010 10:01AM

    Awesome job!!! It takes me 38 minutes to jog 2.5 miles. I've almost built up to doing a 5K and found one in October that I think I can run.

Yes, you are a runner!!!
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MUSICMOMOF2 8/26/2010 8:51AM

    Way to go!! Good luck with the next one!

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AMHFALKO 8/25/2010 7:36PM

    I did the CT5K too and ran my first race last October- running the same one again this year! Way to go on accomplishing your goals! One tip from one graduate to another: don't cut back on training during the winter. I made excuses- to cold to run, and I had to start all over! :( lol but that won't happen to you I'm sure- you 're already planning your half marathon! awesome!!! best of luck!

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LASHGAL 8/25/2010 6:23PM

  So glad you posted this! I haven't done a 5k race but I'm on the C25K program right now! You had an awesome 5k time :D I'm going to remember what you said about doing one locally...I will probably take that advice when I do a 5k (someday). I hope to "become a runner" as well...I love the exercise!

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P0KERS0PH 8/25/2010 5:52PM

    Good job!
Make sure you sign up for those upcoming races :)

I'm going to do a half marathon next year...not sure when, but I will!

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ALDANAD84 8/25/2010 5:49PM

    well awesome to hear! Im training for my first 5k in november and very nervous but mostly excited!

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Countdown to 5k...9 more hours to go!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Well, vacation got in the way of my blogging, and so I jumped from workout 2 of 12 to the big day LOL I did manage to fit in 6 more runs, so I suppose that isn't too bad considering all the driving we did in Illinois and Wisconsin in the first 2 weeks of August! I have to say that I approach today with much anxiety and excitement. I feel like this is such a big deal to me, but at the same time, find myself downplaying it so that it doesn't end in disappointment. I know I can finish...I ran twice this week outdoors for 3.1 miles and did fine. In fact, my second run, was totally a run...no walking breaks :) The conflict is now telling myself that finishing my first 5k should be enough and if I come in last, so be it. My competitive nature is telling me that isn't good enough...how can I see success in last place?! So, how do I get past this when I haven't even started yet? To me, my times are awesome...I remember when I struggled to finish a single mile in under 16 minutes, and now my best is 3 straight miles in about 12 minutes a mile. I know I'm a runner and I know I can do this, but can I be happy for the big picture and not the time on the clock?

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 8/20/2010 12:46PM

    I agree! You need to look at how far you've come and look at the fact that you could do the 5K and finish. It doesn't matter where you place, it matters that you took the initiative to train for it and did it!! Good luck!!

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HAZEL422 8/20/2010 11:09AM

    I think when you cross the finish line, regardless of the time or what place you finish, you'll be so proud of yourself! You seem to have made some great improvements, so you SHOULD be proud!

Best of luck in the run and with all of your goals!!

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Countdown to the 5k...workout 2 of 12 summary

Friday, July 30, 2010

When the alarm went off this morning at 6:00 I thought about hitting snooze, or maybe just turning it off altogether and sleeping for another hour. But no, I am on a mission...I want to complete the workouts for the 5k next month, and I was determined to fit it in. So, off to the garage I stumbled, decked out in my trusty running shoes, my short workout shorts, and my brand new bright orange Heinsite Fitness shirt (size small...did I mention I started out last October as a size XL?!?!).
After getting through the 2 miles Wednesday night, I hoped that the interval for week 6, workout 1 would be easier. Well...easier might not be the right word...maybe less strenuous? I ran a total of 2.75 miles...1/4 of which was for warm up and cooldown, and then my designated jogs and walks. I don't know that I was any faster or slower than Wednesday, but I did only extend on the recommended times by a minute, 5 seconds; a minute 10 seconds, and a minute 30 seconds. Not too bad considering I fought that evil voice in my head, who was now saying...gosh doesn't that hip really hurt bad; d'oh, didn't I just hear your ankle pop?; that old knee injury is nagging at you again isn't it, you should really take a break! I managed to ignore it yet again, and continue. Because you know what? I am a runner and I will succeed!

  
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KARENBROWN6 8/17/2010 4:23AM

    You are a runner and you WILL succeed!
When is your 5K race? It must be soon?
I'm thinking of putting in for one on the 18th September so it's important that you do yours so that I know it can be done!
As this blog is two weeks old you've probably cracked 5K already. Out of interest, have you run outside yet? (You must have a huge garage to be able to run 2.75 miles!LOL
Karen

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/31/2010 8:53AM

    That is great! Keep up the great work! You can do it!!

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TTSMARTIN 7/30/2010 10:09PM

    So cool that you a wearing a size small! Keep up the good work! I am also on my way to 5k, and really excited to get there!!! Good luck!

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5k date is set...workout 1 of 12 complete

Thursday, July 29, 2010

August 20 is d-day...it is the date for our town's Dusk Hustle, and I've decided to destroy the self-created myth that I am not a runner. I am a runner. I can totally do this. My major hesitation was that in order to train on the couch to 5k program, I'd have to start at week 5, workout3. I started working out at the gym way back in October 2009 through June, 2010, and I've continued on my own this month. I am hoping that the endurance I've built from sparkpeople workouts and the gym's group training and spin classes will serve me well. This time, I am not going to procrastinate the time away. This time will be different.

So, armed with hubby's ipod and a U2 mix (mine with all my GOOD workout music was on the charger) I headed to the garage last night to hit the treadmill and see how much of the 20 minute jog I could complete. My best time for a mile at the gym back in March was 11:30, and that is REALLY pushing it. I haven't timed myself on a mile since then, much less TWO miles. Well, what a pleasant surprise it was to see that I did it in 24 minutes! No, I did not jog the entire time, and no, it's not the 20 minutes that the program calls for, BUT I feel it is a new personal best, and I'm proud.

I'm still fighting some negative self-talk from that far corner of my mind. I'm sure some of you know that horrible mocking voice. Mine says: you're gonna finish last...you're gonna embarrass yourself...you're not gonna follow through...you're not a runner. I've overcome too many hurdles and come too far to let this get me down. So I might finish last? So what? I'm still going to finish, and I'll have a new goal to shoot for on the next try. Embarrassed? For what? For giving it my all? No way...I'm half way through my weight loss goal...I sweated out and succeeded at my first greatest loser class last October when I thought the treadmill and the lunges would kill me, at my first fitness test (and that first mile clocked at almost 16 minutes), at my first spin class, and at my first time on the scale at a smaller weight than what I was when I got married 11 years ago. Despite our upcoming vacation time, I will follow through...I have my running schedule and I'll have my music, and I can do this. I am a runner.

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 7/29/2010 12:20PM

    You can do it! Sounds like you are doing pretty good!

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MOM-OF-SIX 7/29/2010 11:52AM

    WooHoo! Your times are awesome!! I'm excited when I have a 14 minute mile, today was 15 min/mile. I just did week 5 day 3 for the first time and extended the jog to 22.5 minutes. I'll probably repeat the day, I've been taking twice as long to get through the program as scheduled.

Great job and good luck on your race!

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KARENBROWN6 7/29/2010 11:00AM

    You are a runner! You will not only complete the course you will set a personal best!

Not sure about U2 though. I think you could do better lol.

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Lessons learned from the Pizza Ranch

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wednesday was a long day...I spent it running, most of it felt like in circles. When supper rolled around, the fam decided that since we had to run into town anyways, we might as well eat out...destination, The Pizza Ranch. Now, I love pizza, and I love buffets, but neither has been my best friend...well, they want to be my best friend, but since I've committed to my new healthy lifestyle, I haven't seen them much ;)
Between my strength training and Billy Blanks Boot Camp workouts early in the day and my food tracking, I knew I had calories to burn. I even gave myself the pep talk...have a salad, have 3 small of pieces of pizza, have 1 small dessert pizza. Whoops...I got there and everything smelled so good, that my game plan went out the window! So, minus the salad bar, adding a small scoop of mashed potatoes, 1 slice of cheese bread, and 1 extra slice each of pizza and dessert pizza later, there I sat...way overfull, feeling bloated, tired, and unhappy. I didn't eat anything else that night, but drank a 16 oz glass of water when I got home. I had trouble falling asleep that night, and I woke up way early the next morning, still feeling bloated and tired.
So, where are the lessons? The positives I take away from this experience are: now that it's in writing, I can look back and remind myself of how miserable I am when I go off my game plan and let my heart tell my stomach what it should eat; I know that if I do fall off the wagon again, I can hop right back on without beating myself up for what I did...I'm human, I'm gonna slip up; and most importantly, there's always tomorrow. There is always another chance. I took the next day in stride, did my workouts, watched what I ate, made sure I drank 12-8 oz glasses of water, and moved on. I never would have done that before...I would have continued to fall down that slippery slope of eating to soothe my guilt, and feeling guilty for eating too much of the wrong things. This is the new and improved me and I can do this!!!

  
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DLG0505 7/17/2010 2:51PM

    There are certain things in life that you are grateful for and for me it's that there is not a Pizza Ranch in my town or any buffet.

You did a great job on this post Cathy. If we would just listen to our bodies instead of just taking those few last bites....

You have the right mindset now to succeed at your weight loss. Setbacks are a part of life - it's just how we handle them and you have learned to handle them head on! Fantastic job!

Have a great weekend.

Debbie

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MELANIEJ44 7/17/2010 8:46AM

  Seriously, were we separated at birth? I am sooo the same way as you describe yourself. In the past, I always took a mess-up to mean that I was finished! No more healthy eating for me. But now, I have changed! I am "good" most of the time, but when I do mess up, I just try to learn something from it and I move on. I love your lessons learned at the Pizza Ranch. Great blog post :)

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KOOCH4 7/16/2010 3:12PM

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Everyday you get another chance!

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/16/2010 1:56PM

    Way to go on getting right back on track! Pizza Ranch is my downfall too. We went a week ago Tuesday for my birthday, and I ate one piece too many to make myself miserable, so I know exactly how you feel. Here's to another great day!!

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