Monday, July 18, 2011
the dreaded "second time around hill"!!! Which comes back around after about mile 2 in my 3.1 mile run. In the past, I would have to walk up that hill. The past 3 times, I've trudged up the hill without stopping. I'm not sure if I would actually call it "running" or even "jogging", but it definitely wasn't walking. Maybe "trogging". Getting up that hill and then running (and I mean running) down the last hill like I was some olympic sprinter has made my time about 33 min. My first official time on 6/4 was 38:38, my second 5k on 6/18 was 36:26 and I'm hoping that my PB on 7/30 will be under 35 min.! So here's to you "Second Time Around Hill"!!
Monday, July 11, 2011
North Georgia has been experiencing major heat & humidity. Yes, it's July and it's always hot in July, but we've been having 90+ since late May. I started a running program back in April when it was a nice, pleasant (70+/-), even at 6:00 p.m. when the class started. It was a pleasure every day to either walk right after work or do the running class 3 times a week. I ran 2 5K's in June and those weren't too bad since they both started @ 8:00 a.m.
Now it's so hot & humid, it's hard to find a time to run. Saturday I tried 8:00 a.m. and it was hot & humid, last night I tried 8:30 p.m and guess what?! Hot & Humid! It was so humid it was like carrying a wet blanket. I even had trouble breathing. Saturday morning I ran the entire 3.1 but almost died! Last night I managed to sweat through 1.5+ and then walked the rest.
I'm having trouble motivating my daughters to come with me, it's too hot, they whine! Last week we hiked a nearby "mountain" trail a couple of nights to stay in the shade. Now I know any kind of exercise beats laying on the couch (in the blessed A/C) and it was a pretty strenuous trail, but my daughter and I have another 5K on 7/30. She'll do o.k., because she's 15, but I really want to be able to run the entire race. I know I can do it, I've done it before, but this heat & humidity is getting to me! Makes me want to go out an buy a treadmill (which I actually hate!). I guess I'll just do the best I can. If I have to run/walk the race, than I'll have to run/walk. I know I'll finish and a little sweat never hurt anyone!!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I went to a fundraising meeting at our church for our Middle & High School youth programs. We have a fall festival in October and the new MS youth minister wants to make it bigger & better. The new priest doesn't want the Haunted Barn which really upset my high school daughter (another story!), but they want to add a lot of new things. I opened my mouth and suggested a 5K to kick it off. I had just participated in one hosted by another church and I knew they did very well. So guess whose in charge of it now? So in addition to my full time job, my 3 children and all my other volunteer activities, I'm now in charge of this!! Oh well, I'm pretty organized and the guy that organized the other church's event said he would help me. So we'll see how it goes. Hopefully I won't stress out too much and go back to my bad habits.
Speaking of 5K's, I was able to run the entire time last night!!! We went to the same park, but ran on the "greenway" instead of the park's trail. It's very flat and runs along a creek and wetland area. It's a great project our county did that when finished will be 16+ miles of walking/running/biking trails. The park we run at is one of the trailheads. Anyway, since it's flat, I didn't have my dreaded minion "the second time around hill" and didn't have to walk at all!
My sister and I still questioned our sanity and why this still isn't getting easier. Again, 10 weeks ago, we couldn't run for 2 minutes and last night I ran for 32! She also asked me if I enjoyed it? I can't really say I enjoy jogging/running (I really enjoy walking & hiking), but I do enjoy the accomplishment of it.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Well we completed our second 5K on Saturday. This was a small race with only about 185 people and some of those did the 10K. I improved my time by over a minute! I completed it in 36:29! My sister finished in 33+ - she was #1 in our division (50-54). Of course, there were only 5 in that division, but hey, first is first! My daughter's time was slower than her first race and she was disappointed, but I'm just thrilled that a 15 year old would get up at 6:00 a.m. to do anything!
It was still hard, there was a never ending hill (Living in N. Georgia, hills are a given!) that I had to end up walking most of it. I still ran almost 30 min. without stopping, walked the hill (about 3-4 min.) and then actually ran to the finish down the hill and into the parking lot! The chairity was for a youth group mission trip and the 69 year old Priest of the church was right behind me most of the race, but I endured and beat him soundly!
On a side note, I experienced a different kind of running injury last night. I was running at the park and got stung by a bee right above my left eye. By the time I got home, my face had swelled up and I had to take a Benedryl (thank goodness I'm not allergic!). It still a little swollen this morning (just looks like I have a major bag below my left eye!). Watch out for those road hazzards!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
My sister and I asked ourselves that question last night after we ran our 3.1 miles. Keep in mind, it was my best time ever! We ran our route a little differently and I reached my nemesis the "second time around hill" a little later in the run. I still had to walk it, but I had already ran for 25 min. and I finished in 31 min. The last part of the run was down a big hill, so I actually ran (not jogged) to the finish!
Anyway, as we were stretching, we both commented that this doesn't seem to be getting any easier. As we looked back on how far we've come since we started back in April when we couldn't even run 2 min. straight, we decided, it still isn't easy, but we're getting much better! Our endurance has improved, we can actually run 3+ miles! I don't suppose it should be easy. It should remain a challenge as we continue to improve! So easy is over-rated!
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