Monday, January 16, 2012
One of my goals this year is to improve my 5K time in a race. I started the C25K program last April and finished in June. I ran my first 5K in 2011 on 6/4 @ 37:37. My best race time for 2011 was 36:28. My last race in 2011 was 38:31, it was very, very hilly and apparently I had a sore on my foot (lots of blood!), so I wasn't very disappointed.
I'm planning on running the same 5K in June this year and my goal is to have a time under 36 min. No biggie right, that's only 28 seconds off my previous PB (or is it PR - never sure?!). My plan is to increase my distance to 3.4 - 3.5 and work on running that faster. Pretty good the first week - my 3 runs were all 3.2 - 3.4. Last week, not so good. I only got in 2 runs (3.4 & 3.2), but I did manage 3 days of ST (hate it!). Anyway, my time is slooooww. Am I really getting slower - seriously?! Meanwhile, DH is plugging away and not only running faster, but longer.
I need to stop focusing on the negative. I'm able to run 3.4 miles without stopping (o.k., it's a slow jog - stop negative again!), but I'm not stopping! Believe me, I want to stop. The first 5 min. all I can think about is stopping. I love to walk, why not just stop and walk! But I keep going. Friday when we ran it was about 35 degrees with winds gusting to 20 mph. It was cold, my nose was running (thank goodness I had my gloves - yuck!), it was Friday after a long week and I was tired, but I didn't stop. Yeah, DH ran longer and faster and I screwed up the math again and only ran 3.2 and not 3.4, but I didn't stop!
So today when I head out to run, I'm going to start using my Ipod again and maybe I won't have those negative monologues going on in my head.
Here's to a little positive!
Friday, January 13, 2012
My oldest sister (I'm the youngest of 3) is thinking about joining WW with a friend. BTW, she's been talking about it for 6+ months and there's always been an excuse. She's a little taller than me and has never really had a weight problem (that's been the privilege of me and DS#2, although we've both had 3 children and DS#1 didn't have any children).
Anyway, she just turned 60 and she's probably about 30 lbs. overweight. She's been asking me about WW since I had success with it. I'm really skeptical that she'll stick with it because 1) she's been "putting it off" for months, so I don't think she's ready to commit 2) her husband is a cheapskate and has a big problem with her paying for this (believe me they can afford it) and 3) the friend she's going with will probably not stick with it. 4) she's looking for an easy way and we all know there's nothing "easy" about loosing weight and changing your habits.
Not wanting to go into a huge back story on my sister, but I'm trying really hard to give her positive reinforcement about joining (leaving out my skepticism), but I don't want to flat out say "you should join, it's great" because then it's my idea. I'm sure you get the picture. Anyway, I told her last night (after she asked my opinion several times @ DD#2's basketball game - hello trying to watch a game here). WW is great, but you have to be committed because it's a lot of money and it doesn't work if you don't "work" the plan. I also said, you need to go even if your "buddy" stops going (this I can attest to because my niece and DS#2 stopped going and I continued until I became a Lifetimer).
Anyway, does she really want my opinion or is she looking for someone to make up her mind?! We'll see, she's supposed to go Saturday!!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Today was my "official" weekly weigh in and I lost 1.2 lbs. I'll take it! Considering I only need to loose 4.8 lbs. to get back to where I want to be (2 lbs. below WW goal), that's huge. All I've done this past week is get my eating back in control (still need to work on portions, but I stopped eating so much crap) and continue my exercise.
On that front, I've done pretty well also. I calculated my run distance before I went out yesterday so I would know for sure how far I had ran (take that hubby!). I'm pleased to say that I ran the entire 3.4 miles, albeit slow! My goal is to be able to run a 5K by June in under 36:00. June will be the anniversary of my first 5K! I ran that race last year in 37:37 and my PR was 36:28. My average for my 6 5K's was 37:13. I know, you're impressed with my math!
To accomplish this goal, I've been working on first increasing my distance. Now I need to increase my speed. I have to say for whatever reason, I'm getting slower. Right now I have to shave off around 3 min. to get my time to get under 36 min. That's huge, but I think I can do it. I really haven't been working on speed, so I know when I start concentrating on that, it'll get better. I'm also going to run the hills and do some strength training (not doing so well with this!).
On a side note - DH is really killing this running thing. He's doing 3.1 in under 34 mins. His first 5K he was 39+. I try not to compare (he's 6'5" after all and I'm 5'7"), and I'm really impressed and proud of him, so I try not to be jealous!
Monday, January 09, 2012
I am born & raised in Georgia, but my parents are from Western PA - need I say more! I'm a huge Falcon & Steeler fan (I love me some NFL). My biggest dream would be that they play each other in the Super Bowl! My girl's always ask who I would root for and I always say the Falcons because I'm a Georgia girl! Well that dream is over this year. Nothing worse than the Steelers loosing to Tebow and the Broncos, (huge Tebow hater because he's a Gator! I also like college football!) except maybe the Falcons just not showing up! I also wanted New Orleans to loose (very badly) and the Bengals to win. So, every team I rooted for lost!
Oh well, at least DD#2's basketball team won Thursday & Friday, so they're on a streak!
Even with football & basketball, I did my weight DVD on Friday (which I hate - need to find another one or I'm going to stop) and ran on Saturday. I used my new stopwatch and was real excited about my time. I thought I had increased my run to 3.4 miles, but when DH got home that night he asked me where I had ran and then he corrected my math and I only ran 3.2 miles (nice of him huh!), so my time wasn't great, but I did increase distance and I did run the whole time. So I'm still working on my goal to lower my PR 5K time.
The sun is going in and out of the clouds right now, but it doesn't look like it will be raining when I get off work, so I'll go for a run today. The weather has been really warm (67 right now), but humid and rainy. Tomorrow & Wednesday a cold front will come in after the rain, so I guess I shouldn't complain!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Well I hate to admit it, but I'm a statistic! I've let myself go rouge over the holidays. I think I have managed to put on the obligatory 5-7 lbs. I had an extra 2+ going into my vacation and have managed to put on about 5 more. I've been eating nothing but junk and lots of it! Thankfully DD#2 has had to run for basketball so I've kept up the running, but she only has to run 2 miles, so I've been doing about 2 miles instead of my normal 3.1. I guess anything is better than nothing, but I've been struggling with the 2. I know most of this is due to my, crappy diet.
I've really enjoyed spending the holidays with my family, but I'm actually looking forward to going back to work on Tues. I need my routine. So, I'm going to try not to stress over it. What's done is done. I was looking forward to a New Year and not having to loose weight, but it's good timing to get back on track and have a goal or "resolution".
So on Tuesday morning I will get on the scale for my official weight and get my plan in motion to get back to goal. I'm also going to work on improving my running. My next 5K is not until March (unless I find one earlier) so I want to improve my time.
Therefore, my official resolutions or 2012 goals:
Back to goal by loosing 7 lbs. (appx.)
Improve 5K race time to under 36 min. (PR so far is 36:28) by increasing distance & doing strength training 2-3 times a week.
Today I'll watch a little football (go Falcons), finish taking down the Christmas decorations (not as much fun as putting them up) and try to eat right (not doing so great so far, I ate the left over Chinese for lunch and am eye balling the brownies). Tomorrow is supposed to be real cold, but we're going hiking and then back to work on Tuesday.
Happy New Year and here's to 2012!
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