Friday, March 09, 2012
I started my intermediate 5K training on Sunday. I hiked on Sunday, ran 30 mins. on Monday & 30 mins. on Tuesday. Yesterday was an "easy" 40 min. run. There's really nothing easy about running for 40 mins., but it actually felt pretty good. Since it was supposed to be an "easy" run, I went to one of the other greenway trailheads that's really flat. I also didn't want to concern myself with distance, so I tried to not look at the .10 markers. Since I don't do this part of the trail that often, I haven't memorized the distance. I'm still running pretty slow. I can't seem to get my "pre flu" pace back.
My DH went with me. He's been working an overnight shift the past couple of weeks and hasn't been running. The schedule is really messing up his "clock" and he's tired & cranky (only has until 3/21!). He didn't want to push himself, but he actually did pretty well. He probably ran about 2 miles and walked 1. He asked me how far I ran and I wasn't really sure. I'm guessing I did about 3.2 miles which is still a 12+ mile. Again, slow! It was a great temperature, but humid. I was really sweating and the bugs are already coming out. I probably swallowed a couple!
Today is an off day and we're eating fish at the church and making PBJ sandwiches and snacks & water for the teens to take down to the homeless tomorrow. DD#1 wanted to go, but you have to have a parent accompany you and neither DH or I can go. The church teams up with a "street" ministry that helps deliver the sandwiches so it's not just a bunch of suburban people roaming the streets of Atlanta.
Tomorrow is a cross training day and I'm going to do my ST DVD before I go to the Girl Scout thingy @ 10:00 a.m. Sunday is running 30 mins. & 4-100 meter strides. Strides are described as a "fast but relaxing pace" (sounds contradictory) - No sprinting! The long run next week is 45 mins. and there's 1 day of harder 30 min. run (incorporate hills). It gets complicated after next week - but it's really keeping me motivated!
It will be a very busy weekend, so hopefully I can keep my eating under control. Still having trouble with the snacking at night. I weigh/measure on Sunday so I need to watch out Saturday night!
On a side note, I got an e-mail on the race results from Saturday (the race I blew off). It looks like 300 people ran, but they were expecting over 500, so I guess there were other lame people that didn't want to run in the rain/wet/cold!
Happy Weekend and don't forget to "Spring Forward"!
Monday, March 05, 2012
I blew off my 5K on Saturday! We had tornado warnings all through the night on Friday (spent a couple of hours in the basement) and when my DH came in from work @ 5:30 a.m., it was still pouring. They said the race would go on rain or shine, but when I got up at 7:30, it was still drizzling, so I decided not to go. I didn't get much sleep with the storm warnings and I just didn't want to run in the rain/cold/wet. The tornado "cell" that actually came our way did a lot of damage about 30 miles west of us (1 death), so thankfully we were o.k. There was a lot of flooding and parts the greenway (where some of the race was held) was under water. I was kind of disappointed because I really wanted to do this race since it was at the park I run. Oh well, maybe next year!
I did start my Improve your 5K training on Sunday. Sunday was a cross train day (30 min.) and I was going to ride my bike. Since the greenway was flooded on Saturday and it was very windy (gusting to 25-30 mph), we decided to hike instead. We went to the "mountain" park in our county and I ended up hiking for 45 mins. It's a great workout because there are some pretty steep inclines.
I also decided that I would weigh/measure yesterday since I wanted to track these results too during this training. I actually lost 1.4 lbs.! My measurements were about the same, so this will be my starting point for the training.
Tonight & tomorrow are 30 min. runs and Thursday is a 40 min. run. I'll use my 2/11 race time as my "before" time since I missed Saturday's race. I might do a race on 3/17, but that will be 2 weeks into the training. I'm really excited about my Plan!
Friday, March 02, 2012
I decided to change the date for my "get back to maintenance" goal (somehow this sounds better than my weight loss goal). Originally I wanted to loose my 6+ lbs. by 3/31. Well since I'm not doing so well and it's already 3/2, that might be a little unrealistic. Besides, now I have a PLAN. I mentioned before in an earlier blog (I'm taking advantage of some down time at work!), that I purchased a running training plan to improve my 5K speed. This is a 10 week program that incorporates running, cross training, etc., so I'll be doing some kind of workout 5 days a week. My PLAN is to also continue with the food tracking. So now my new goal date is 5/20. I'm going t break down and weigh and measure on Sunday (day one of the plan) so I can see those results as well as my running time.
Sounds like a PLAN to me!
Update on my 5K tomorrow morning - they sent an e-mail that the race will go on rain or shine, but they will delay the race if there's severe weather, so we'll see how it goes in the a.m.
Friday, March 02, 2012
My 2nd 5k of the year is tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to this one because it starts at the park I usually run. They haven't posted a race route and I'm a little curious because I know it starts at the large pavilion and then ends at one of the greenway trailheads. How it goes from start to finish, I'm not sure. I don't think they could have a turnaround on the greenway because it's so narrow and the race should have 500+ people. Oh well, I can pick up my race packet after work today, so I'll find out. Like a lot of the country, we've had really weird weather (N. Ga.). Very springlike. Yesterday was beautiful (70's) and today is warm, but thunderstorms are supposed to come in tonight and through Sat. morning. They might clear out by 8:00 a.m., but I'm not too keen on running in a storm. I'll have to ask today if they'll hold the race during bad weather.
On Sunday, I'm starting the training program I purchased. Sunday will be a cross-training day, so DH is going to get the bikes ready and we're all going to ride bikes. Monday & Tuesday are 30 min. runs followed by a 40 min. "easy run" (how is 40 mins. easy?!) on Thursday. Saturday is cross-training (Tues/Fri. off days). The first week sounds pretty easy, but then it gets harder (and kinda complicated). I'm excited because I've got a "plan" and I like myself a plan.
I decided to do a 30 min. run yesterday to try to be ready for Saturday's race. I haven't run since Sunday and I must admit yesterday kinda sucked. I was really slow. I'm sore and stiff today, mostly because when I helped out with softball on Wed. I was pitching & throwing for over an hour. I'm going to take it easy tonight and have some KofC fish at church (try to avoid the dessert table, but hey, the proceeds go to the food pantry!) and hope for the best tomorrow!
Thursday, March 01, 2012
My husband's work has a program for their health coverage that if you (and spouse) take a health assessment, you get $25 off your monthly health care cost (per person). Last year you just had to go online and take the assessment, this year you had to also go in and get bloodwork, blood pressure and get your waist measured. The results don't affect the cost of your coverage. I think it's really a great program. Short of charging unhealthy people extra for health coverage, this is a great attempt at preventive medicine and lowering cost. We all know that a lot of people will simply ignore the findings, but I'm sure there's also a lot of people that will take some action on their health. They provide you a great website with all kinds of links & tools and will even assign you a "health coach". I went in for mine yesterday and my blood pressure was great and my "waist" was below the "healthy" measurement for females. I won't get the results of the bloodwork for a couple of weeks, but hopefully that all comes back good. My cholesterol/sugar etc. were all good last year.
I also decided yesterday since my running class was canceled, I would purchase an online "Improve your 5K". I'll start on Monday since I just need to run today and a little tomorrow before my race on Saturday. The training incorporates 5 days - 3 of running and 2 of cross training. The site was a little confusing, so I'll have to really go over it this weekend. I was actually hoping for a little more on the strength training, but maybe I missed something. Anyway, it's a 10 week program and it gets a little aggressive. I forget how long the runs were by the end of the program, but by the first couple of weeks, they were up to 45 min.
I've also decided to stay off the scale for a while and just work on my training and keep tracking. I always just used it for a gauge, but lately it's become somewhat of an "obsession". I'm going to actually put it out of sight!
On a side note, I took DD#2 to her first softball practice last night and kind of ended up helping with the practice (instead of running). It's the first time the Dad has coached (these are 13-14 yr. old girls) and he seemed a little lost. The other Dad that is helping came late (I've coached with him for years). He kind of took over the practice, so I felt a little bad for the other guy, but he didn't have a clue. I don't think he minded and I think he appreciated the help. The other Dad is going to ask him and make sure he knows we're just there to help. I really had no intentions of helping, but I don't mind. I kind of wish DD#2 played travel ball because it's more competitive than rec. ball, but we couldn't afford the time or money. She also didn't want to spend all weekend at tournaments. She's pretty good and really wants to make the 9th grade team next year at the high school. Oh well, I could go on for ever with this topic!
Have a great healthy day!
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