Monday, October 17, 2011
I ran my 4th 5K on Saturday. I mentioned before the race start time was 5:00 p.m. I'm not sure if I like doing a race in the late afternoon. Even though this is the time I normally run during the week now, it's usually right after work. I found myself kind of worrying through the day. Should I rest, what should I eat, when should I eat etc.? I had a lot to do and still had to "taxi" kids around, so I sort of stuck to my usual Saturday.
I ate a normal lunch around 1 and a banana around 3:00 p.m. I left for the race around 4:00 because I wanted to make sure I got a t-shirt (I had signed up late). Anyway, I was pretty early, so I had about 40 min. to kill. I sat in my car for about 15 min. and then walked around, stretched really good and went to the bathroom. It was at a big church, so the bathrooms were nice!
When I had picked up my race packet, the lady showed me the route. I'm pretty familiar with these roads because I used to use them as a shortcut to work. I said to the lady, "these are pretty hilly" and she just smiled.
The announcer told everyone to go to the start line. There looked like about 150-200 people, so I got in the middle of the pack. The race started and we went out of the parking lot. I find myself always starting too fast in races. I guess I'm just trying to keep up with everyone. I settled down to my pace and pretty soon was passing quite a few of the "rabbits". The first big hill came early in the race, but it was downhill and then flattened out. Soon after that we went downhill again through an office park. My pace was still pretty good and then we turned around and had to immediately go up the second big hill. I trudged up that one, but my legs were really hurting. After just a little bit of "flat", the other big hill came back around. This was really a long incline. I had to end up walking most of this, but we were at about mile 2 (the race was well marked). When I got to the top of the hill, the rest was flat, so I picked up my pace again. By that time, there was a lot of stopped traffic we had to pass, so people were either mad because they were stopped or they were cheering!
I knew I was almost to the end and then I saw the 3 mile mark. I tried to pick up speed, but I didn't have too much left. Our race bib had a "scan" mark on it, so I guess we were scanned when we passed under the time clock. Anyway, the guy yelled out 36:28. I was pretty excited because even though I've been running faster (and running the whole time) at my trail, I thought it was at least 37+ min. if not more. 36:28 is my PB (by 1 second!).
I filled out my card and stuck it in my age group basket. I was second in my age group (51 - 55), so one other old lady finished 6 seconds before me!
I still don't know why I can't run the entire time during the race. Although when I stop & walk, my pace is still pretty good. So all in all, I was pretty pleased with the results.
I didn't really have any intentions of running yesterday. My kids didn't have religious ed., so I didn't have to teach or "taxi". I was planning on relaxing and watching football. My husband got off work @ 5:00 and wanted to run since he works a lot of nights this week. So I said I would go with him. I've run 2 days in a row before, but I didn't have any energy last night. I ran about 2 miles and then walked the rest. I was pooped!
On a side note - a hot air balloon had to make an "emergency" landing in the field by the playground, so that was cool!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I finally broke down and signed up for a 5K on Saturday. I was waiting on my daughter, sister & niece to make up their minds, but I'm the only one that's doing it. So, I'll be running all by myself !
Oh well, I'm usually running by myself anyway since they're faster (not for long!). The race starts @ 5:00 p.m. which is a little different. Even though it's mid-October, it can be a little warm. The high right now on Saturday is 73, so that's not too bad. I'm usually pretty busy running around doing errands on Saturday, so I'll have to make sure I get some rest before the race.
I haven't participated in a race since 7/30, so I'm pretty excited. My time in that last race was kinda slow (about 38:15, but it was very hot!) and my PR is 36:29. I've been doing pretty well lately, usually around 35 - 37 min. (although unofficial since my stopwatch is broken and I've had to rely on looking at my regular watch).
I was very proud of myself last night. It was raining pretty heavy on Monday so I didn't go and last night was drizzly to light rain. If my husband wasn't dressed and ready to go when I got home, I probably would have "blown it off". I've never really ran in the rain since we haven't gotten too much lately! It was kinda hard. Even though it was cool, the air felt heavy. Of course the rain picked up when we started running, but I didn't mind getting wet.
Since I'm running in the race on Saturday, I was really glad I went. I'll probably try to run again tonight and then a light run on Friday.
I hope I do well on Saturday. I should be able to run the whole thing, although I found in the past 3 races, that I usually end up walking some. I think because I'm not used to the route, my pace is different or something. Anyway, I'll just do my best. I'll have a new t-shirt and the race is for a good cause!
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
I ran with my sister last night and because my DH has a stomach virus (icky) and wasn't going with us, we went to the "hilly" trail. I usually can't run on Tuesdays because I have Girl Scouts with DD #3, but we didn't have a meeting last night. So, when we parked at the pavilion, the C25K runners were running on the "loop". This is the program that I took last April - June on Tues/Thurs. Anyway, they're at about Week 4 and boy did they look like they were struggling, especially when the dreaded whistle blew and they had to start running. My sister and I looked at each other and said "that was us"!
I'm really glad I saw that last night because I've been a little disappointed that it's still not "easy" to run the 3.1 miles. I thought by now I'd be running like a gazelle and a 5K would be eazy peezy. Not so much, but hey, 6 months ago I couldn't run for 2 min. and I thought I would die when she blew that whistle.
We started our run and I was feeling pretty good! The hills were a little hard since I've been running a flat trail for a couple of weeks, but I ran (or jogged, depending on how you look at it, but I prefer run!) the whole thing and then sprinted to the end. I probably did it in about 35 min. which is pretty good for me. I'm really looking forward to my next race on 10/15 and hope to beat my PR of 36:29.
I've come a long way baby!
Monday, October 03, 2011
I became a Lifetimer member at Weight Watchers the end of May. I've been at or below my goal since March. I share the same concerns about maintenance and keeping it off as a lot of people. I believe the percentage of people that "keep it off" is about 5% (not good odds). I also remember my Weight Watcher leader saying that the people that are the most successful with maintaining are those who continue to exercise.
Believe me, maintenance is not for sissies. Even armed with all these tips and knowledge, it's still a daily battle. We know what do do, after all we've lost all this weight, we've implemented this healthy lifestyle. Maintenance should be a "piece of cake" (I won't even go into the cake I had over the weekend!). Wrong - you're still faced with all the challenges you had before - not enough time to exercise or cook healthy meals, etc. Not to mention the cake!
I've attributed my success so far to the accountability of the Weight Watcher weigh in and my running. To maintain my lifetime status, I have to weigh in monthly and be either 2 lbs. +/- goal. So why is last Thursday (the second to the last day of the month), I still hadn't weighed in and was making excuses not to go (mainly because I thought I had gained!)? I was talking it over with my husband (who is not the most sympathetic guy!) and he said it sounded like to him, if I didn't go and weigh in, I'd be a "quitter". Well, I'm no quitter, so I gathered up my book and headed to the WW center. I'm happy to report, I was still below goal (not by much, but I'll take it!). We also ran that night, even though it was the last thing I wanted to do.
So, I'm no quitter and I just completed 6 months of maintaining - I'll take it!
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