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Worried about 5K

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!
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ONECATSHORT97 7/29/2011 2:00PM

    Good luck in the 5K! Myrtle Beach is wonderful...we went there many years ago and it was awesome. I'd be hard pressed to choose which is better...run on beach....frozen adult beverages....NOT!!...the beverages would get me every time! emoticon

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MARISSA741 7/29/2011 10:47AM

  I've heard it's best not to run too hard in the days before a race, so you should be ok

Good luck!

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SUBSHINE 7/29/2011 10:41AM

  good luck on your run and have a nice vacation

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EL-E-E 7/29/2011 10:37AM

    Good luck in your race and enjoy your vacation!! It sounds awesome!

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I conquered

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"!!

  
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ONECATSHORT97 7/18/2011 6:26PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep this up...you're doing fantastic and no "stinkin'" second time around hill will get the best of you!

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Oh the humidity!

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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COACHMOMMY 7/11/2011 2:54PM

    I have to be @ work 8:00 a.m., so I just can't motivate myself to get up before 6:00 a.m.!!! I guess I'll just have to keep with the night runs - maybe I'll start taking a flashlight! Also, the bugs are worse at night. Nothing like a challenge!! Here's to Fall, but then it will be too cold! (Just kidding, I love cool weather!).

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VOLLEYGIRL77 7/11/2011 2:51PM

    We have been having the same weather here in Illinois. I have been keeping my exercising inside for the time being.

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BORNSOUTHERN 7/11/2011 2:47PM

    I understand how you feel. I live in Louisiana and the temp right now is 101. There is no telling what the humidity is. Be careful on your runs and drink plenty of water.

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BIG_BEAR73 7/11/2011 2:42PM

    It is way to hot here in Arkansas also, we ran a 5k sat night at 730 pm and I was drenched

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KESHIAG 7/11/2011 2:39PM

    yea after 9 am it gets toooo unbearable to run unless you when its pitch black outsid.....and thats not safe :(


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I opened my big mouth & I ran the entire time!

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. emoticon

  
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WILDFLOWERS15 6/30/2011 8:50PM

    Congrats on your running!!! That's awesome. So far I can't even run 2 minutes. But I'll get there some day. What a great idea having a 5K as a fundraiser. I'm sure you'll do a great job with it. I saw on your profile that you live in North Georgia. Would you mind telling me where the park you run at is? My son and I are looking for places to go on the weekends to walk/run. We live in Kennesaw and we have the Silver Comet Trail that's about 40 minutes from us, but it's very crowded on the weekends. Best of luck to you!!!
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LIONESS223 6/30/2011 1:02PM

    Congrats! I'm sure the 5K will be a success and once you've operated it once you'll be an old pro at it and it'll be easy. And great job on the 32 min straight running! I'm not up to that yet! working on it! I hope to be there soon...
Again, Congrats!
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Second 5K

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! emoticon

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!

  
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SHARILEE_OHIO 6/21/2011 1:18PM

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ONECATSHORT97 6/21/2011 12:02PM

    emoticon emoticon on your second 5K! You're making me think that maybe I could do that (here in the Northeast, hills are a given too)

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