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Couch to 5k - Week 8, day 1

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

That's right people week 8 of 9!! A cool 28 minute run in the late fall twilight. Which was actually problematic, because the trail was technically "closed" before I finished. I wonder if that's why I had such an easy time running... I was so anxious about getting my run in before the trail closed that I kept glancing at the western horizon going 'Please, Mr. Sun, don't set yet...'

But, my speed has definitely increased, as has my endurance. I'm feeling really good about this week and (don't say it) I'm actually looking forward to next week.

However, today (it's a rest day), I'm really dragging. I have a midterm tonight and I just haven't been able to get myself "on" here at work. I've medicated it with caffeine (sadly) and shortbread cookies (even worse).... but, tomorrow is another day, and I had a healthy lunch and I'm planning on a good dinner before my midterm. So I won't despair.

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KIMBOLEENA 10/24/2007 6:45PM

    Wow, you give me hope that I can make it to week 8! :o) You asked what time I run...well, usually I run around 6am and that is before eating anything. A few days (today was one) I ran mid-morning. I think I'm going to have to alternate times through-out the week. One day a week will be an early morning run and the other two will be mid-morning. This is because of my hubby's schedule. :o) You are doing a great job with your running. Wow....28 minutes...I dont' even want to think of that just yet! haha

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Couch to 5k - Week 7, Day 3

Monday, October 22, 2007

Oof... I'm behind on the blog update. So much, so much. First things first, this weekend was crazy. I drove down to Nashville and then back on Saturday - that's nearly 10 hours in a car. The trip was totally worth it, but I was a very tired kitten. I let the boy keep me in bed until way too late on Sunday because I was so exhausted that I when I was fiercely snuggled, I didn't even hesitate to pull the blankets over my head and go back to sleep. ;)

But, despite that early laziness two great things happened on Sunday. (Okay, the laziness was great, but not conducive to getting on with the day and the weight losing!). First, I have my weekly weigh-in in. Down 2 more pounds. That puts me in the 160s and only about 14 pounds from goal. Getting closer!

Second, I ran day 3 of week 7. I didn't use my stupid, ill-advised (but fun!) road trip as an excuse not to. I got out there and I did it, and I actually noticed that my speed increased. So, tomorrow I will hit the trail for a 28 minute run. (eep! I say.)

I can't believe I'm in my last two weeks, and that I'm running substantial runs. I'm feeling so good about this program. I was looking at the website for the "life is good" products. They have the cute little smiley-stick guy running on a couple different shirts, and they have some tees with a pair of running shoes that say "Gotta run." I think I'm going to buy myself the "Gotta Run" t-shirt as a C25k graduation present... cause I'm starting to agree with the sentiment.


Couch to 5k - Week 7, day 2

Friday, October 19, 2007

Day 2 is down. I can't believe that for 3 runs in a row I've managed to do 25 minutes. It's still not easy, but it's definitely in the "doable and I feel good afterward" category. I'm getting a little frightened of next week and the jump up to 28 minutes. But... I've gotten this far. I can keep going.

I really wish that I felt comfortable running in the morning. I may try to make the switch next week and see how my stomach does. I'm starting to race the sunset, and Grant's Trail gets a little creepy after dusk. Plus, I've inhaled about 3 gnats this week and discovered that mosquitos like how I taste. Ugh.

I'm on a road trip tomorrow and won't be able to run. I think I may try to do day 3 tonight right after work.... That might be pushing it. I could always do Sunday, and that would let my legs recoup from yesterday. Whew. Small steps.

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JEWEL-LEE 10/20/2007 12:25PM

    You're doing great! Not too much longer and you will be at 30 min! The rest of the program is a piece of cake! lol My runs now go by a lot faster it seems. My body is the same with mosquitos. They eat me up when I'm outside. But luckily I haven't seen any around here lately. Even if you don't get in a run for the next few days, don't sweat it. Just pick up the week on Monday like I am. I'm taking a few days off. I'm going to start the 1 hr program on Monday!

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KIMBOLEENA 10/19/2007 8:12PM

    You are my hero :o) I can't tell you how encouraging it is to me to hear you say that you've gotten this far, you can keep going!!! You are doing great!!!

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Couch to 5k - Week 7, day 1

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I did it again! I ran for 25 minutes. I'm not sure that my body quite knew what to do with that. About 10 minutes in my muscles seemed to say "Oy! It's an interval day, right? We get to walk for a bit... awww... come on." But I kept going, and didn't really have trouble until 22:30 minutes. However, I refused to give up with only 2 and a half minutes to go, and I made it.

I can't believe it. I mean... I can. But I can't. Wow... this is so exciting. I feel so pumped, and I'm continually amazed at how great after I get done running. I'm not pooped, I don't want to lay on the couch and recoup. I'm... energized. Happy. I'm ready to take on all the stuff I have planned for the weekend. Yes, I tend to get tired earlier on the nights I do cardio, but it's a reasonable time. Not the 1 am that I usually get tired.

I have to say, I'm pleased... and looking forward to Thursday!

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KIMBOLEENA 10/17/2007 5:01PM

    I am very glad to hear that and its encouraging to me becuase I'm only at 3 weeks so far! :o) That's great work!!!

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Just an update

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The scale budged this week, so I'm possibly out of my plateau. It didn't budge a lot, but it budged some. We're having some friends over tonight and I'm trusting my roommate to cook and more importantly trusting myself not to eat too much of it. It's not dinner I'm worried about... it's the pumpkin cheesecake that she's planning on making for dessert!

I have to admit that even though my weight plateaued for three weeks, I'm feeling great about myself and my choices. I've been progressing steadily through Couch to 5k, I've been making the time to run, overall my food choices are healthy, balanced and wise, and the last time I measured myself I saw a great loss of inches!

If any of my goals need more attention it's definitely my writing and my grad school apps. I'm so nervous about both that I've given myself writer's block. Sounds like I should be popping by the writer's support group a bit more.

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KIMBOLEENA 10/16/2007 2:01PM

    Congratulations! :o) I noticed that many times I would not lose anything for 3 weeks...then the next three weeks it would come off fast and steadily...and it had to do with my cycle (I have long cycles). The scale would "stand still" starting from ovulation through the end of that TOM. Once I figured that out, it was easier to stay motivated during the "stand still" times. :o)

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