Saturday, March 06, 2010
So today was it! My first 5k. My hubby and I got up bright and early, showered, changed and ate breakfast. Walking out to the car was a little chilly so I grabbed my gloves. I looked up on the website to see if there was any additional info I needed before I got there. They had posted a message that about 250 people had registered so we hustled it up. Walking out to the car was a little chilly so I grabbed my gloves. My husbands office is right next to the race so we decided to park in his parking lot. Now came the fun part, trying to figure out what to do next. Actually, since I had preregistered it was fairly easy. We walked in, found our last name letter, told them our name and got our number, shirt and goodie bag. We pinned on our number and weren't quite sure what to do with our stuff. There was about 10 mins before the race started so I ran to the car and made it back just in time. My hubby said that they had made an announcement that walkers would start 10 mins later. I thought that was a little odd but ok. So the race officially started and there were stragglers coming and asking questions. After a few minutes I asked weather the walk was part of the 5k or was it for the 1 mile walk that they were also having. Well, it was for the one mile walk and if we wanted to do the 5k we had better get going! Yikes! So as we started off 7 mins late. I explained the difference to DH who was clueless and I hadn't filled him in up to this point. It is all good since we had planned on walking the race anyway.
It was a beautiful day, very sunny, not too cold at 10am. The race followed the Provo River Parkway, which is very picturesque and follows a river for most of the way. I was walking along just hitting my stride when I realized DH wasn't anywhere to be seen. We had both been listening to our ipods.
I looked back and he was coming up from behind a little slowly. I had promised him I wouldn't leave him. This was a herculean effort on his part. He only walks with me a few times a week and I am on week 4 of the C25k. So I adjusted my stride and enjoyed his company. I showed him my usual route to his office, which I walk almost every day. He had taken a ipod ap with him and was calculating the actual distance. For some reason this 5k seemed a little long.
As we went along the route we realized we were probably the last participants. That's fine, we started 7 mins late. Oh well!
As we approached the finish line eveyone was cheering and clapping. We were laughing because we knew it was a joke, at least to us. So when they clicked the little runner card thing we were a little confused, not having run a race before. DH asked why we had to go through a roped off area. i explained to him that someone had to keep the mass of runners in line to log their times. A young girl was waiting for us at the end. She jkept saying you have to wait, you have to wait. Wait for what? Oh, they give you a little card at the end with your official time and place. I will not tell you what that card said. It was funny in a way because we knew we were last but we had enjoyed ourselves anyway. I think if we had left with the rest of the group we would have done fine in the standings because their were people walking the last half. But hey, we did finish! One of my major goals for the year had been completed and it is only March! I asked DH what he thought and if he would like to do it again. We had gotten some info on a few more races this spring. He said if I was going to sign up I could sign him up as well so I have one planned for May1 and June 12th, God permitting. All in all, a good experience.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
I have had the most stressful day and I am very glad it is over. I had business meetings most of the day and a business luncheon. I did really well at the luncheon. We went to Red Robin and I had looked at the menu before we went so I knew what to order. I ordered an Asian Chicken salad with dressing on the side. Well, the waiter brought the salad covered with dressing so instead of sending it back i chose to not make a fuss but he didn't get a tip from me. He simply wasn't paying attention. It was a simple request. Chock that up to my intolerance after having so many meetings. Poor guy!
Dealing with conflict on the job is never easy so lets just leave it there. I simply hate being taken for granted and coworkers assuming you will pick up the slack for them or cover their butts. It is so inconsiderate. All I really expected was to be asked. It wasn't too much to ask. There has been some miscommunication at work and instead of just blowing it off it has been weighing heavily upon my heart so I did the thing anyone with any integrity would do and I made amends the best I could. Hopefully things will blow over next week, but it still bugs since I was actually the party who had been wronged. UGh! Anyway, left work, went right to church to set up for soup supper before lenten services, I had planned on eating only one portion of my egg drop soup, but I was so stressed from work I ended up eating the french bread I had not intended to eat. Then the soup ran out so when I got home a had a few leftovers that were from last nights dinner and a nice cup of hot cocoa.
Oh well, I still stayed within my goal range and used a few extra ww points. I also did not get a chance to finish week 4 of couch to 5k. If the weather holds for tomorrow I will try and get that in. My hubby and I are scheduled to do our first 5k on Saturday, which we are walking so I don't think trying to get in a run will be too bad. However, I did get up and do The Biggest Lose Bootcamp level 2 this morning.
So then the snow has ruined my plans for tomorrow, disappointing myself and my daughter. Maybe we will take in the new Alice in Wonderland movie which comes out tomorrow. Trying to make lemonaide out of lemons but boy it sure is hard sometimes. I need a nice massage and a good nights sleep. Everything will be so much better tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Ugh, sometimes it is so hard to find the motivation we need. I woke up just exhausted from my run last night. I dreaded facing the evil troll Jillian today so I opted for a more friendly face, Leslie. Leslie is my buddy from The Bender Ball series. I thought long and hard about dissing my dear sweet Jillian, but I had been neglecting poor Leslie. Leslie and I did a great Bender Ball dvd, The Bender Method of SelectiveCore Training. I really like this dvd. It works all your core muscles, transverse abs, obliques, everything. Its not too tough and around 15 mins. I knew going into this workout today I would be pushing it at Zumba tonight so it was all good. Zumba kicks my hinny and its so much fun. Taking a breather with Leslie was just what I needed. I got in some great ab exercises and it felt good to stretch a little. After pushing it on the w4d2 c25k last night I was ready for this. I did get in some resistance training and I can now look forward to Zumba.
As I was working with Leslie I felt a little twinge in my back, eeks, no, no bakacke today! I guess I did make the right choice. I would have had to stop in the middle of doing level 2 on the 30ds and that would have been the end of it. But since Leslie is so nice she completely understood and I finished up her dvd anyway. Jillian would have been screaming at me to work through the pain!
After taking a nice hot shower and applying the sprayer to the sore area on my back and popping a few ibuprofen, the twinging disipated enough to be tolerable. Hopefully, it will be completely gone by tonight.
So, although I feel bad about dissing Jillian (she will never know unless you tell her!) I think I made the right choice. Listening to your body and mixing things up is the key to so many things.
It is the key to combat boredom in your routine.
It is the key to challenging yourself so thing don't become "easy".
It is the key to staying motivated.
Today It was the key I needed to unlock the avenue to Zumba and still feel like I had accomplished something.
Onward and upward I always say!
Monday, March 01, 2010
Well, it is finally here! My very first 5K! I am doing the Run for Red for the local red cross chapter. I am not running this one. I have always said I may not run a 5k this year, but I will complete one! The reason I am not running this particular one (although I could since I am in w4 of my C25K program) is because my wonderful husband has said he would come with me. You see, he has slowly admitted that he needs to do more with his life physically and we started walking together on weekends. A big step for him. His idea of fitness has always been him against the mountain or some such nonsense. So for him to actually come walking to the park (in town) with me is a BIG step for him. After walking with me for a few days he finally got his iphone ap with the pedometer to work and we realized we were already doing a 5K!
So, after writing my Goals of the year, I asked him if he felt up to walking a 5k with me. He thought about it and said, yes, he could walk a 5k. I double checked with him last night and he still wants to go but he is afraid I will leave him in the dust so I guess I will just have to pace myself.
I am so proud of him to be accomplishing this with me! I never would have thought first that I would do a 5K, and second that my husband would come along also!
It is a great feeling and I am sure after Saturday we will both feel good about our accomplishments.
On a side note. I finished running my w4d1 run yesterday. OH!! I was so intimidated to do this run. How in the world would I ever be able to keep running for 5 whole minutes? Twice? Well, I did it! and it wasn't that hard. On the podcast I have been following the announcer even said it would be my longest run but the conditioning I had been doing would make it possible for me to sustain it, and he was right. I finished my run, it was hard, but I did it and I am ready for Day 2. What a great feeling., me, a runner! Not really, but almost!
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