Saturday, July 20, 2013
I'm at work this morning, and I'm exhausted. My legs ache. Both for good reason - I was up way too late last night because my BFF and I completed the Firefly 5k!
The Firefly 5k is a glow-in-the-dark night "race." It was a blast! The course threaded around the parking lot and stadium for the Colorado Rapids, so it was better lit than we'd expected. It was just really cool to see so many people in glow-in-the-dark stuff, reflective tape designs on legs, etc. So colorful and playful. The weather was perfect too. It was my BFF's first 5k, and I'm so proud of her for not only going, but actually using her Couch to 5k program to help her set a comfortable pace. We finished in just under an hour, which was her goal.
I realized that despite my absence from SP, the fact I kept up my gym time really has been beneficial. I decided to stay with my BFF the whole course, but I realized our jogging cycles were really easy for me. It left me wondering how quickly I can complete a 5k now. My goal is to finish in 30 minutes or less by this time next year, but I'm thinking I'd could probably be close to 35 or 40 minutes now.
Know what I'll do as soon as I post this blog? Yep, that's right - start looking for an upcoming 5k!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I haven't been on SP in a while, but I've actually learned several hard lessons these past few weeks. My weight increase proves it.
One, I turn to food a lot more often than I realized when I'm stressed out. We're in the process of selling and buying a new house, and that's been more drama than I expected. Nearly everything we own is in storage while we live with my MIL in the meantime, and that's just got me out of sorts too.
Two, I need something to hold me accountable - something like SP. I need to be honest about what I'm eating and doing for exercise.
Three, motivation is necessary. I need to keep reading articles, listening to success stories, and actively visualizing myself achieving goals. I also need to have something planned - like a 5k - so I have a deadline on which to focus.
Four, I really do like to workout. My time at the gym is my only quiet time. The rest of my days are spent at work or with two crazy babies running around. Being at the gym helps me settle down and relax. Going to the gym with a friend hits lessons two and three spot-on, so that helps!
So here we go again! Now I need to shed these pounds I put back on, go back to healthier eating habits, and start focusing on the Thanksgiving 10k I've just agreed to do in November!
Friday, May 17, 2013
I'm headed to Pittsburgh next week for work, and although I'm super excited, I'm also a little nervous. I've never met most of the people that work for my company, and they're planning all kinds of fun things for me to do. It seems this is going to also entail checking out some of Pittsburgh's most loved restaurants. I'm trying (pretty) hard to stay on track with my diet, especially since I have my first official 10k just two days after I return home. I hope everyone understands I don't mean to be rude, but I don't want food to be the focus of all our out-and-about ventures. Tips on being polite about it?
Sunday, May 12, 2013
My mother-in-law took me on a "test run" of the upcoming Bolder Boulder 10k course. I was obviously much, much slower than she, but I did it!
I forgot to use my asthma inhaler before, though, and sure enough - about 2 miles in I felt like I had a brick of air stuck in my chest and an awful cramp in my side. Overall I'm pretty happy with my pace, and I'm much more comfortable knowing what to expect on race day.
I also learned my sports bra doesn't fit quite right anymore - kind of a cool side effect of losing weight, but dang I hate to buy a new one!
Friday, May 10, 2013
I'm very fortunate to have a mother-in-law whom I really love and respect. She's in her early 60s and in AMAZING shape! Her support and coaching advice has propelled me down the jogging path, and I know I wouldn't have done it without her. We're both doing the Bolder Boulder 10k in a couple weeks. It's my first time; she's a repeat runner. Last year, she finished around 6th place for her age group (did I mention AMAZING?!). She'll probably be well over the finish line before my wave even takes off.
In previous years, she's always done a test run of the course so she knows what to expect. My mouth randomly chimed in with, "That's a great idea!" What did that lead to? Yep, we're going together this Sunday. She knows I'm much slower than she is, and I need frequent walk breaks, but this is the first time we'll actually go at the same time.
And I'm NERVOUS! I'm already kinda embarrassed since I know it'll be much slower than she'd be on her own. I don't know how to shake these feelings. I know she's proud of me no matter how I do time-wise, and she completely understands this is my first 10k, but still... It seems silly to be anxious over something like this. Anyone have any ideas to overcome pre-race pre-test run jitters??
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