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Run (and walk) 6.5 miles?!

Friday, January 20, 2012

First of all, I had a good run on Wednesday. It was still a little cold (about 40 &windy), but I warmed up pretty quickly. I've pretty much been through all 4 seasons with my running. I started in early April last year with my C25K and kept running through the summer & fall and now winter. I've been out there when it's 90+ and 90% humidity and 30ish with a wind chill. I have to say, I think my favorite is 55-75 degrees! Fortunately in North Ga. there are lots of 55-75 degree days, but we do have to endure the 90+ (last year that was early May - late September!).

Anyway, I had a pretty good time for my 3.4 miles. As usual, the first 5 min. are the hardest for me and I have to push through. The last 5 min. now are also really hard, because I'm running longer. Let's face it, it's all hard! I keep thinking this should be easier (I know I complain a lot!) and I marvel at the people that do 10K's, 1/2 marathons and especially the marathon runners! Now, I have no desire to run a 1/2 or a full marathon, but I am a litle curious about traning for a 10K.

So, this morning my husband and I were talking before leaving for work about our running schedules. Because of his work schedule, we haven't been able to run together since last Friday and the next time we can is Sunday after the religious ed. class we teach (our 5th Grade DD). He mentioned that we might want to drive seperately because he wants to run a section of the "greenway" that is about 6.5 miles. He knows he won't be able to run the whole thing, but wants to see how far he can run/walk. First I said, maybe we'll all go with you and we'll ride bikes (me & the 3 girls). They've been wanting to ride for a while. Now I'm thinking maybe I'll give it a try. It's the perfect day for it because we'll have a couple of hours before having to get DD#2 to her RE class, so why not?! The girls can still ride their bikes while we "run".

So we'll see from now until Sunday how many times I change my mind! Am I up for the challenge?

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VICTOREA 1/20/2012 9:39AM

    You can do it! :)

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The Scale is Going the Wrong Way!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I had great success with the scale last week on my journey back to my goal. I lost 1.2 lbs. of the 6 I needed to loose. This week, not so much. Not only did I gain back the 1.2 lbs., but 2 additional ones. I won't bore you with TMI on TOM (let's say chocolate was involved and lots of it!) and I know all the reasons the scale can show such a difference, I didn't consume that many more calories over the weekend (although I gave it a good try!). I almost didn't put the weight down this morning because now my tracker shows I need to loose 7 lbs., but I bravely entered my weight. After all, I would just be lying to myself. Just think, next week's WI will rock!

On a happier note, I started measuring again and I did loose 2 inches this week so the ST & running is paying off.

On the running side, I ran 3.4 miles again last night without stopping. I really felt like I was running in place at times, but my time was actually a min. faster than last Monday's 3.4 run at the same course.

So my 2 positives trump my 1 negative!


Am I Really Getting Slower?!

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!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/16/2012 12:49PM

    Come run a flat 5K with me here in Florida! You will definitely be faster!! Keep up the good work. It's not all about getting medals, it's about being fit -- and you are doing it!! -Marsha

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Do You Really Want My Opinion?

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!!

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SHARBEAR100 1/13/2012 7:01PM

    I wish her luck! As you know, she has to find the inspiration within herself. Don't you wish you could just make people do what's good for them sometimes?

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MANDALORE 1/13/2012 11:23AM

    i know my mom uses ww, and has lost 60lbs so far she stuck with it and played it right!

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Back on Track!

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!



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