Sunday, April 15, 2012
Yesterday I ran (and walked a bit) the Iowa AIDS 5k in Des Moines' South of Grand Neighborhood. I ran the same course last fall (read about it here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4501450 ) and yesterday's race was a LOT easier.
That said, it was still VERY HARD. Darn you, hills!
The course starts with a pretty dramatic downhill slope (especially for this Illinois girl), followed by a mix of uphill/downhill (although more up than down), then a gigantic hill followed by relatively flat road.
I haven't been running in ages, but I HAVE been working out a LOT. I just finished week five of Kosama (www.kosama.com), a 5-6 day/week training program that's killing me (and making me a lot stronger.)
So, I was really curious to see how I'd do at the race.
Well, my time was faster ...but only by about 15 seconds. However, I didn't feel like I was going to throw up, and I ran more than I did before. And, my recovery time was a lot shorter.
I'm curious to know how I'd do on a flat course. Time to get running again!
Next up is the Drake Relays Off-the-Roads 8k. An 8k - geeze, I don't know if I'm ready for that again...
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I love races.
This morning I ran the 5k that's part of the Des Moines Marathon. I did well for me, considering this was the first time I've run a 5k without stopping in two years (sufficient training? what's that?)
But holy crap, people can RUN.
The half and full marathon started 30 minutes before the 5k, and everyone was a bit surprised when a half marathoner finished BEFORE I DID. He clocked in at 1:04. My husband came to support me and we stayed around, watching other 1/2 marathoners finish. It's so interesting to see the different types of people, the levels of comfort or pain in which they cross the finish line, and their wardrobe.
There are the crowd pleasers - the guy who juggles for 13.1 miles, the guy pushing someone in a wheelchair, the barefoot dude in a kilt (but, oddly enough, not Des Moines' "usual" barefoot dude in a kilt...?), and funny t-shirts that read "running sucks" and "I love boobs".
And then a marathoner crossed the finish line at 2:13.
Holy crap indeed.
I love watching and cheering and I love running with other folks.
And to be honest, it wasn't until today that I realized just how in shape I was in 2009, when I finished the 1/2 marathon in 2:30:16. I could barely finish the 5k today, and my pace was a lot slower ...and I think I feel just as achy as I did at mile 13. Woah. I have a lot of work ahead of me to get ready for 2012.
But anyway, races are cool. If you've never tried one, I highly recommend it. Even if you walk the entire course, odds are slim that you'll come in last. And even if you do, who cares? Just sign up and experience the awesomeness that only comes with being in a race. It's a great sense of accomplishment. :)
Next up is the Living History Farms 7 mile off-road (aka run up muddy hills and through creeks and all kinds of nonsense) race. It's bound to be an experience...thank goodness my husband will be there, as that's the sort of race that's more fun as a group.
And now ...a nap. :)
Saturday, September 24, 2011
After two years of saying "I need to start running again" I decided to just sign up for a race and see what happened. And boy, did I choose a hilly race!
Last night my husband and I ran (well, I ran/walked) the Run DMU, the 4th annual 5k race sponsored by Des Moines University. The course was very pretty, but the South of Grand (avenue) neighborhood in Des Moines, where DMU is located, is known for its hills. And boy, did the race course deliver!
To be perfectly honest, the last time I ran more than a mile -- yes, one mile -- was just about two years ago. So I wasn't expecting to run the entire race, even if it was perfectly flat.
Also, my pre-race diet was pretty ridiculous, which may have caused me to *almost* throw up just past the finish line. Key word = almost.
I am super proud of my husband, though, who crossed the finish line just before me. But unlike me, he ran the entire course! Whew.
Despite my walking, poor diet, the hills and my complete lack of training, I managed to cross the finish line at 35:56. Not too shabby. My husband crossed in 35:35. Rockstar!
After the race my body was a bit of a mess; I've been sneezing ever since and last night my body temperature was all wonky. I climbed in bed at about 8:30 and stayed in bed for about 12 hours. But as of this morning, my muscles seem fine ...we'll see if that changes tonight.
Next up is the Hot Chocolate race on October 30. It's a 5K and a 5 mile race - this year I'll do the 5k, and maybe next year I'll do the 5 mile. And after that might be the Jingle Jam 5k in early December, which is also in a very hilly area... Whee!
So. Many. Hills.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Okay, I need to get my meals on track. But when I come home after working out, I'm just not inspired to cook a lot.
So, for dinner, I had (in this order, mind you):
BBQ tofu (essentially tofu that's cooked in a frying pan and the doused with BBQ sauce - I think I've finally gotten the hang of it)
Soy milk ice cream and two thin mint cookies
A bunch of broccoli rabe, cooked with a little soy sauce, minced garlic, and cooking wine (I'm seriously getting addicted to this stuff.)
Yeah, kind of a weird dinner, in a particularly weird order. That's one of the perks of being a grown-up, I suppose. I can have ice cream and cookies in the middle of the meal!
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Today I did a 5k on the elliptical machine, not that a 5k on the elliptical really means anything, in exactly 35 minutes. Yup.
I had planned to run/walk for 30 minutes but all of the treadmills were accounted for.
Pilates was, okay, like always. A few exercises were hard, a few were "meh", and a few didn't even seem like exercises, despite the heavy breathing from my classmates. I'm not in love with Pilates like so many folks are - am I missing something? Oh well.
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