Saturday, March 05, 2011
I knew I wanted to run a race this weekend. I had a choice to run the Doral 5k (right down the street from my house) or the Karhu 5k (Miami Beach). The deciding factor came down to the starting times. The Doral 5K started at 8 am and it was 5 minutes from my house and the Karhu 5K started at 6:30 on Miamia Beach. So the Doral 5K it was.
The weather was perfect for a run. A little windy, but I sweat a lot so I really enjoyed it. I start off a little slow at the beginning and gradually pick up speed. My goal was to finish under 30 minutes and I did. With each race that I ran, I have shaved off about a minute per mile. Here are a couple of photos of my progress and times:
January 29, 2011 Tropical 5K- 33.32 min (11:46/mile)
Feb. 20,2011 Carnaval 8K- 53.06 min (10.41/mile)
March 5,2011 Doral 5K- 29.08 min (9.23/mile)
So getting back to the race, I ran the race in 29.08 minutes. I felt pretty good after I finished. It was a small race, and to be honest I did not even think I would get a medal. I just wanted to do better than my last 5K. I drove home real quick to pick up the kids and quickly checked the times before the ceremony. I missed getting a third place medal by 39 seconds. That's okay I had fun anyway. Next year I will be 40 and the ladies in that age division are good so I am going to have to run a little faster to get a medal next year. Lol!!!!
Sunday is a rest day and then I'm back to running on Monday. Woo Hoo, I can't wait to run the Ocean Drive 5K on the 19th.
Having fun getting in shape.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Today I ran the Carnaval 8k. I was not sure how I would do since I have only run a couple of 5ks. I want to run a couple of 10ks so I thought this would be a nice introduction to a 10k. My goal was to finish in under an hour, under 50 minutes was a dream. So proud of myself; I finished in 53:06. Woo Ha!!!!! I'll take it.
I got off to a slow start. I was near the back of the crowd. Once I crossed the start line, the bobbing and weaving started. One lady was walking and I was trying to squeeze by her and I did say "Excuse me". Her reply was "You should have been in front of me if you knew you were going to run". I kept bobbing and weaving; no reply was needed for her comment. Wow, is what I was thinking. This is a race and it is for a good cause.
I don't know if this is common, but cardio wise I feel really strong. Once I find my rhythm, I feel like I can run for a while. But after running a couple of miles, my legs started to feel heavy. However, I just keep putting one foot in front of the other hoping that my legs would catch up with my lungs. I did get a cramp on my right side around mile 3. As I ran down the ramp and turned into the park, I picked up my pace and ignored the cramp. I am so glad that I did not stop because the cramp went away before I crossed the finish line.
I met up with a friend and her husband before the race. They both did well. And right before I was getting ready to leave, the mom of a Spark Miami teammate approached me and asked if I was on Sparkpeople. The night before I briefly hopped on to see if I could meet up with others that would be running today, and I gave a description of my clothes. It was so nice to meet someone that you only get a chance to read or make posts to in person. I hope to meet others as I continue on my running journey.
I am still on my "runners high", but the real world is waiting for me to make dinner and finish the never ending laundry.
Friday, January 28, 2011
As I continue to lose weight, I reach into the back of my closet to see how close I am to getting back into my old clothes. About three years ago, my father-in-law felt pity for me because I gained about 10lbs. in a short span of time and I did not have anything to wear because I was always a size 6 and I had to go up to a size 10 and eventually a size 12. Well I pulled out a pair of Tommy capris (size 10) today and I could get my legs in (and they were not snug), and zip them up (no struggle to do so). Okay so here is the problem; I just can't sit down in them. Baby still got back. Lol!!!!! It felt good to parade around the house for an hour. Oh well, back to the back of the closet they go. I would have taken pictures but I do not know how to download the new camera.
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