Friday, April 08, 2011
I am healthy!!!!!!!!! Finally.
I finally broke my plateau. What a good feeling. My father-in-law came to visit from Switzerland, a few weeks ago and he just went home on Sunday, and of course he brought some Swiss chocolate. The selection has gotten a little lean since I took him to Walgreens during one of his previous visits and showed him our selection of Swiss chocolates. There are a couple that he brings that I absolutely love; hence the plateau (six boxes later). When my father-in-law was in town, we had lunch at restaurants everyday during the week. I tried to choose the healthier options, but they are still loaded with tons of sodium. Now that I have broken my plateau, I have to make sure I do not want to get overconfident and sabotage my new weight by eating too many bad foods. I changed things up a little by trying to add one more cup of water each day, changing up my exercise routine and by getting back to my normal nutritional plan.
I had a great run this morning. I need to learn how to pace myself. I was not trying to do so, but I ended up running 8 minutes/mile. I started off with a half mile walk and then I was off for my run. So I walked to my back gate to start walking when out of nowhere a black bird swooped down really close to my left shoulder. I did not think much of it as I walked out the gate and behind my shopping plaza. I was going to go for a 2 mile run, but decided that I was not tired so I would jog by the back gate, keep jogging behind the shopping plaza and double back through the front gate to get in an extra mile. Again, as I am going by the back gate the same bird swooped really close to my left shoulder almost clipping my ear. So this is what one of the ladies at my son's school was talking about a couple of weeks ago. She said she was having a hard time running because the birds were nesting and they kept swooping down really close to her. This has only happened to me at my back gate so I guess I will have to eliminate that route for a while.
I feel so happy that I had to share. Finally I can see the 150's in the near future.
Enjoy the weekend.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
So yesterday I headed over to Miami Beach for the Ocean Drive 5k. The weather was perfect for a race. It was not too hot, too cold, and there was little wind. To be honest I was feeling a little iffy about this race. I have been feeling a little off for the past couple of weeks. I get up and exercise consistently, and I feel good while I am exercising but I just can't put my finger on the emotion I am feeling right now.
The race start was a little later than usual (8:30) compared to the usual 7:30 starts. This gave me plenty of time to drive over, find a parking spot at a paid meter, pick up my bib and t shirt, and get a 30 minute walk in. Spring break is in full swing here in Miami and while I was getting my warm up walk in, the street workers were busy cleaning up from last night's parties. It was so nice to see the beach and all the activity going on; I live in the city suburbs so it is not as scenic and colorful compared to Miami Beach.
The race starts and it took me about 30 seconds to cross the start line. This was a nice size crowd compared to my local City of Doral race. I already mentioned that I was feeling a little blah and I thought about quitting before the 1st mile marker. I trotted on anyways. I'm still new to running but I set goals for each race as to where I would like to be at each mile. I was hoping to be under 9 minutes and I was. My goal was to do better than my last 5k (29:08 minutes).
I don't listen to music so I listen to my body, take in the view and well try to get away from runners that sound like they are about to keel over before the 1st mile. Yep, I had one of those on my tail. He was wheezing or something and I had to endure his tortured breathing for about another half a mile before I lost him.
I am glad that I did not give up on the first mile because I kept running and finished in 28:57. I am happy with my time. Is there still room for improvement; absolutely. My goal is to finish a 5k under 25 minutes. But in the meantime, I have to amp it up a bit. I have two crazy races coming up. In April I am going to do a 10k trail run and in May a good friend of mine goaded me into doing the down and dirty run at the zoo. They are going to do the 5k and I am going to sign up for the 10k. Yikes, what am I thinking? Just do it. Hmmm, I think I have seen that somewhere before.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I just started running again a couple of months ago. I have ran a couple of 5ks and one 8k. Waiting for the race to start, I look around and see a lot of people fidgeting with their IPods. I listen to music when I walk and when I go on my runs but not at races. I am afraid that I will focus on the music more and maybe do a little dance. I think it could improve my times because the music will motivate me to run faster. But on the other hand, I think I could run too fast in the beginning and struggle through the rest of the race. If you listen to music, what type of music do you listen to while running? For instance, do you have separate music for running versus what you listen to all the time? Just curious.
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.
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