Monday, August 08, 2011
I just returned from vacation on Saturday. A week at Myrtle Beach! I mentioned in my last blog how I was looking forward to running on the beach. Well, I didn't exactly run, but I did walk a lot every day. We stayed at a resort that was really cool - our condo was oceanfront, but there was a creek in front of the condo that emptied into the ocean, so you had to cross the creek and then the dunes to get to the beach. I made that walk about 6+ times a day and add in all the walks up and down the beach looking for shells and evening walks on the beach or around the resort, I figured I got in 2-3 miles a day. I did actually run the resort walking trail twice, so all in all, I kept up the exercise. Which was a good thing because boy did I eat!
The morning of my birthday (Friday), we rode the bannana boat (this is a large inflatable boat shaped like a bannana pulled by a Waverunner through the ocean!). I was really proud of myself for holding on. My 15 year old DD fell off when the guy started going realy fast at the end of the ride - pretty good for someone who just turned 51! We went to the Pirates Voyage that night. It was a great show and a lot of food. Of course after our evening walk, I had to have birthday cake too. I also had my first french fries in almost a year (twice), so I was a little concerned that I gained. I got right back on track yesterday and weighed myself this morning and I'm happy to report, I'm still a little below my goal, so all is well. I guess all that exercise helped.
I also ran my 3rd 5K on Saturday, 7/30. I was concerned because I haven't been running as much because of the heat. The course was supposed to be "flat & fast". It was pretty flat for our area, but I had my highest time (38:15). My first race was 37:37 and my second was 36:24. I was a little disappointed, but it was really hot! The race started a little late @ 8:45 a.m. and it was probably already 85+. The whole course was in the sun - no shade to be had. I was feeling real lightheaded by the time the race was over. I was approaching the end and could see the finish line and was wondering why all the people kept on running - found out that when you get to the finish line (which I had really picked up speed at that time), you still had to circle around the middle school. That took an additional 7 min. and I had to walk most of that! I probably walked 7-8 min. of the 38 min., so I didn't run the whole thing, but I did finish. There's another race this Saturday that I thought I might run, but it's still really hot and I haven't done much running, so I think I might pass and look for something in September.
The kids start school this Thursday, so this week is filled with open houses, school shopping etc., so I hope I can get in a couple of runs! I don't want that vacation eating to catch up with me.
Friday, July 29, 2011
I'm a little concerned about my 5K tomorrow. I haven't been running this week. Only one day. I did bike a few times with my daughters, but they were short trips. As I'm sure everyone is experiencing - it's hot & humid!!! It's really hard to schedule a run around all this heat and I don't have a treadmill. The course tomorrow is said to be "flat & fast", but this is North Georgia and there isn't a whole lot of flat. At race time tomorrow, it's going to be 80+ and of course humid! Oh well, I'll just do the best I can. I know I'll finish with no problem and I should be able to beat my official PB of 36:29. My 15 year old DD hasn't ran in over a week - she might not set any records, but she'll do fine.
On a happier note - we're leaving for Myrtle Beach on Sunday!!! Finally getting a vacation. We get back next Saturday and then the girls start school the following Thursday, so all the insanity begins. Oh well, I'm really looking forward to running on the beach! In the past, that wouldn't have been what I was looking forward to in a beach vacation, but that and the frozen adult beverages on the balcony in the condo are what I'm looking forward to most!
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!!
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