Saturday, May 08, 2010
I DID IT! Today I REALLY became a runner! I competed in the Fox Valley 5&10K, my very first 5K! Ran the whole thing, didn't walk a step of it and had a goal to finish in under 40 mins. When I scoped out the course, I have to say I had my doubts and with temps at the start of the race at under 40 degrees and winds of over 20 mph, I was just happy to start running.
The very first leg of the race was directly into the bitter wind. My eyes were tearing from the cold and I was afraid the tears would freeze, but I knew sooner or later if I just kept running I would warm up. It was worse than running uphill. Then the course turned west and the wind was at least coming towards my side and my eyes quit tearing just about the time I hit mile marker one. I was really thinking that this was going to be a loonnngggg race. We hadn't even hit the inclines at this point! Surprisingly though, my breathing was staying pretty consistent and I started to feel pretty good. Oh, yeah, the road was at a decline....well...
That didn't last long, we turned again, to the south and just as the wind was finally at my back, the hills started. Not too terrible, but the effect of the tail winds helped, at least for the first couple of hills. I even experienced passing a couple of people which really got me jazzed and helped me keep pushing up each incline. By the end of the third or fourth hill, they were starting to get me out of a good rhythm breathing, but it was just then that I passed the 2nd mile point and they had someone posted calling out times - 2 miles @ 24 mins!!! Yeah! WOOHOO!!! I staying at 12 min miles through the cold and the hills. Then I knew I would finish this in under 40mins(my personal goal).
There was one last big incline and we turned east again - wind back @ my side, but I was jazzed about my split time and the remainder of the course was pretty flat so I just kept my pace...I was starting to feel it a bit, but I was able to dig a little deeper than I ever had before. I was starting to feel the drain at about two and a half miles and then we turned north into the wind again for the last quarter mile. I knew I wasn't going to walk a step of this race at that point and I pushed into the wind with all I could. The last eighth I even stretched out my stride to shave whatever time I could.
My pastor was standing at the finish line with a half dozen of my friends on either side just a ways down as I crossed I heard 36:14-16-18. So, unofficially, my time is at 36:15. Still waiting for the official posts. Doesn't really matter all that much. At least not at this point. I will want to know all the particulars and I'm anxious to see them on the internet, but what matters to me is that I ran, despite the conditions, and didn't walk a step and smashed my goal time of 40 mins. I still amped!!! I wanna do it again!!! AND I WILL! WOOHOO-Thank You Spark Friends - and thank you Spark People. You challenged me to set a goal - really push myself and then work to achieve it - and I DID! I couldn't be more grateful!
Friday, May 07, 2010
I've been taking about going to bed early, but this is crazy. It's 7:30, and I'm blogging then going to relax in bed and read for a couple minutes and get a good nights rest. I'm picking up my running friend at 6AM, so I need to be up to eat and attend to animals etc around 4:30.
Today, I decided to remain centered. I have a tendency to put expectations on myself that are much higher than anyone elses and this race is no exception. I've had butterflies for a week now. I did drive the race course (as close as I can figure) again and it does have a couple pretty good inclines, but they don't look too bad - at least from the car.
I also chose to avoid the confrontations at home with sis....she is not in a much better mood today, but apparently my being gone today lit a fire of some sort and she actually picked up after herself - nice surprise to not come home to a mess. My two friends from high school and I had a leisurely lunch and then went shopping. I bought some fruits and veggies....they are incredible....these grapes are so good they taste like jelly and they had purple and orange cauliflower and okra was only 99 cents a pound when it's usually $3.50 a pound - beautiful tomatoes too....WOOHOO - YEAH - WOOHOO!!!
We did go out to eat and I had no time to record anything until I got home and got laundry and other chores done, so I even had dinner and my snack without writing it all done on the tracker. I am amazed, shocked and pleased beyond belief. My calories, carbs, fat and protein were almost exactly where I like them. I was low on calcium and fiber, but that's the first time this week and I do take supplements and tomorrow is another day, so all in all I have to call it a success and now I'm off to bed. Hopefully to sweet dreams of crossing the finish line (in under 40 mins.)
Friday, May 07, 2010
I know, I missed my blog yesterday....SORRY....I went out to see a friend in a battle of the bands competition with another old friend (from high school who I haven't seen in 30 years!). I didn't get home till after 1AM this morning. Not really a good way to contribute to getting my sleep, but I'm up and at 'em this morning. Will get off this blog and then to downstairs to work out for the last time before the race. It's raining cats and dogs here which is okay since I wasn't planning on doing much running. Just a little speed work - short sprints - on the dreadmill to keep my heartrate up.
So, the good, the bad, and the ugly....let's start with ugly. The tractor being down has thrown the household schedule off, which although it is an annoyance to me, is totally unacceptable to my sis. Either that or she really thinks that I'm going to sit around for the next ten days till they can get the belt back on and listen to her whine and well, you know. (or she thinks I'm going to cut the grass with scissors?) I found another place that can get it done the same day we take it in, but for whatever reason, I have been "FORBIDDEN" (and yes, she actually used that word) from having the place she sent it to return it to us so that we can get it to the place in town. I don't handle being "FORBIDDEN" to do things by other people well. So, let's see 2 sisters + 2 not so good moods + one broken tractor + one long backyard = ONE UGLY SITUATION.
The bad? Could have been alot worse. Went out with an old friend last night and didn't plan particularly well. When we got to the restaurant where the Battle of the Bands was, we wanted to order an appetizer. Word of warning.....there are NO healthy Irish foods. (at least not on their menu). I was left with the option of ordering a house salad no dressing as a munchie - sorry, not an option, or just trying to make the wisest choice possible and eat very little. We decided on the onion petals. Yes, they were battered and fried and served with ranch dipping sauce, but I didn't use the sauce and then picked SLOWLY, removing half of the breading which I assume is where the majority of the fat is. Still, it wasn't the healthiest and as close as I can figure it still put me over on fat, but only by a couple (less than 5 grams)...and maybe not since I don't have very accurate nutritional info, but as close as I can figure.
The good....there had to be some GOOD. My friends band won the Battle of the Bands and will go on to the next round. My other friend (she was my best friend in high school, but we hadn't seen each other in 30 years), and I had a delightful time catching up and listening to the bands. I am finally within ONE pound of my original Spark weight loss goal - started at 177 - Goal was 146 (I have since readjusted to 139) - been bouncing back and forth from 147.5 - 149 for what seems like forever, but is more like two weeks - today, I am at 147!!! That's ***30*** pounds! Even after the onion petals!!!
Tomorrow is the big day, for the first time in a few weeks, my legs are not sore. The past couple of days, I've resisted running except for short sprints of less than 1/4 mile on the treadmill to keep my heart rate up and do some speed work. I am also doing more on the core and upper body exercises and not overdoing on the lunges and squats. I want my legs to be feeling as good as possible for the race. Going to go work out now, then get things together for tomorrow morning and have lunch with a my friend from last night and another old high school buddy she is now dating. Bedtime will be very early tonight as I have to pick up my other friends for the event at 6AM. Pray for good weather, strong legs and lungs and with God's grace everything else will take care of itself.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT! I got up this morning (and yes, I DID hit the snooze but only ONCE) after a short and bad nights sleep and still got myself to do some fitness! It was only 15 mins, but that's more than I've managed except for one day so far before work.
It had me running late, but I did it. Worked all day and it was a putrid day at work...no people and the few we had were working garden with the store managers which pretty much left me and two others to cover all the inside departments....lots of freight left undone by the freight team and all I could do was try to make the most of it by telling myself it was like getting to do extra strength training.
A couple of times the thought crossed my mind to drive up and walk the course we'll be running on Sat., but by the time I was scheduled off, all I could think of was getting home to fininsh the yard and eating dinner. (Taco salads - homemade- for Cinco de Mayo.)
The taco salads were great....the lawn tractor not so. Turns out the belt came off and it won't cut, so we've got a phone call in for someone to come out and get it going.
I DID get in another 17 minutes orso this evening, so I got my twenty, but my heart wasns't really in it. My legs are almost feeling recovered, so I may incorporate a little light running with my cardio the rest of the days, but no pushing the lunges, squats or distance running until after the big day (Saturday).
I'm off for four days now, so I'll have some time to do some catching up, but for tonight - it's 9:25 now - I'm going to bed to get a GOOD night's sleep. Maybe tomorrow I can get in a good hour early in the morning (but not too early).
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Okay, today wasn't a bust nutrition wise.....much better than yesterday (even though I didn't go over yesterday), I was higher than I like in both fat and calories. However, I just got in the door 15 mins. ago and it's now almost 9PM. I really have to get to bed. Work at 7AM tomorrow and I'm going to get UP with the alarm and try to do the fitness thing for at least 15 mins. or so before work.
Today, I woke up with the alarm....no snooze, but I don't think you can count it as getting up with the alarm if you lay there and listen to it going off for 15+ mins!!! The day was packed right through to now, so much so that I had two book and the laptop with me to try to stay caught up with everything. I can't say I stayed caught up, but I didn't fall as far behind as I might have.
Tomorrow is the last day of work for the week, then two days off, then the race and then Sunday, BLESSED SUNDAY!!! Aaahhhh. I'm going to give it 200% for the rest of the week as my sis wants to do the Red Robbin thing on Sunday, and I think I'll be ready, but with my new goals, even 1/2 the meal will put me on serious thin ice for the rest of the day. I think I may go scope out the route once more on foot this time. There are a couple of definate hills (one of my friends kindly refers to them as inclines, but she also ran the Chicago Marathon), and the last one is at the end of the race. UGHHHHH.
Well, sorry I couldn't give a glowing report, but aside from some extra arm work while getting ready for work and making a concious effort to do some added movement whenever I could today, fitness was pretty much a nil for the day. Not doing so good for so early in the month. I've got to get this early morning fitness thing going!
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