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First 5k

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Just completed my first 5k! It was the City 2 City 5k in Cleveland Ohio. I signed up for it on a whim, although I've been training for a 5k for months- but just heard about this one last week. The route is in my neighborhood so I thought I'd have a "home field advantage " as I run that course several times a week. The gun time said 31:00 but my gps said 30:35. I learned a ton and am looking forward to another race. I felt really good the entire time, yet clocked my fastest mile ever in mile 2 ( 8:34). I could have pushed harder and been a little more uncomfortable. I also learned that I weave to much and added .2 miles onto my race( per the gps).

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JLZILLA 5/1/2012 9:51AM

    Congrats! This is a great accomplishment! emoticon emoticon

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CARDAMOMMA 4/30/2012 6:03PM

    That's a great time, especially for a first 5K! Mine was a little slower, 31:10 or so.
And you were going like lightening on that second mile.

I'm also thinking September, maybe October for the 10K. For me it wasn't really anything to go from 3 to 3.5 to 4 and then 4.5. . It was those first 7 weeks that I always felt like I was dying every minute, but now it's all good. (Or else I've got used to feeling like dying and now I think that dying feels good..) What I find very challenging are hills of any kind. I'm very wimpy on inclines.

I'm a heavier runner (177, 5'8") so I do worry about my joints not liking all the pounding, but so far so good. I listen to every ache and pain pretty avidly, and sometimes I'll take 2,3, or even 4 days off if something is getting achey. Seems to work, without sacrificing my fitness. (I mix it up with stairs and videos.)

What's your training look like?

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Celebrating 3.2 miles and family time

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I did 3.2 miles for the first time this weekend. This included the 5 min warm up and cool down- but I was super excited that the elusive 5K wasn't impossible. I was at about 2.8 miles before my cool down, and as I got closer to 3miles halfway through the cool down I realized that I could reach 3.2 if I ran. I sprinted around my block rejoiced when I met my goal.

I always thought I didn't have time to work out because it would inconvenience my family, but they have been really supportive through all of it. I even got them out to exercise with me on Sunday. I ran at the metroparks and my husband and stepson rode their bikes. It was great to be active as a family.

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CARDAMOMMA 3/13/2012 12:09PM

    Isn't it funny how we feel selfish about taking time and energy to invest in our health? But you are giving them as big a gift as you are giving yourself by doing this. Yay for being active as a family!

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JAMES-NB1R 3/13/2012 9:45AM

    Congratulations! Great to have family support too!
Keep up the great work.
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Celebrating small victories

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

A friend recently told me the key to success is to celebrate small victories. My victories and goals may seem easy to some, but are a challenge for me. That's why I love Spark People. I can post a simple thing on a message board and get a round of applause from complete strangers. They celebrate me without even knowing me. No, I can't run 3.2 miles yet, I can't even run 30 mins yet. But I won't let that get in my way. I will celebrate my 20 min continuous run. I will stop feeling like I'm inadequate because the person next to me on the treadmill is running faster and longer.

I think I'd like to use my blog to document my celebrations, small steps towards my goals.

Today, I celebrate the fact that I got up before work to fit a run in. It took a ton of strength (and a pep talk from my DH) to get out of bed 1 hour earlier- but my run is done. Hopefully that determination will continue throughout the day.

I'm also celebrating 2 days of blogging. I've always been a people pleaser, and never like expressing my opinions for fear of judgement. It's a BIG deal for me to write my thoughts and feelings down knowing that other people can easily access them. I'm usually good if I know my audience, then I can cater my voice to fit their views. This blog is an exercise in putting me out there and being ok with it.

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JUDIGIRL52 3/11/2012 9:28PM

    Oh Melissa! Hooray for you!! I'm so proud of you for getting up an hour early to run! And running for 20 min., when you haven't been running, IS a big deal. You keep going girl! And I'm like you when it comes to blogging. The blogging is more for us but it does also offer encouragement and insight for others. You've taken a big step by "putting yourself and your honest thoughts out there". You're really on your way in this journey. Blessings to you!

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CARDAMOMMA 3/7/2012 11:56AM

    Getting up an hour early to run is 2 successes. I count the getting out of bed on a cold morning earlier than you are used to as its own success, worthy of celebration. For me, anyways, going for the run is easier than putting my feet on the cold floor out of a sound sleep. So kudos X2!

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My first blog

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I've never blogged before. I am not sure if it's because I'm a private person or that I just don't have much to say to a massive amount of people. However, you do get 3 points a day for blogging .... so here goes.

Yesterday was absolutely exhilarating. It was Week 6 Day 1 of Couch to 5 k. I've been dreading this 20 minute run for a looooong time. All day I wondered if I would be able to do it. I wasn't sure where the endurance would come from, and I really didn't understand how the program expected me to go from a 10 minute interval with 3 minutes of walking to a full 20 mins without stopping. I figured a slow pace would allow me to sustain energy for the longer run so I set the treadmill for a 12 minute mile. I was feeling good when I hit the 10 minute mark and even clapped for myself when the program announced that I was halfway done. I swelled with pride as I hit 12 minutes knowing that this was probably the first EVER mile that I have completed by continuously running. My heart rate began to climb and I had trouble catching my breath around 15 mins, and I wondered if I'd have to slow down or stop. I placed my hands on the treadmill heart rate monitor and got a readout that I was at 181 bpm. I tried to relax and press myself for the last 5 minutes and teared up as I approached the finish. I was so proud of myself. So amazed at the strength that I didn't know that I had. Not just physical strength and endurance, but the mental strength to fight the urge to quit.

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CARDAMOMMA 3/6/2012 1:11PM

    Congratulations! I'm doing W6D1 today. We must be on slightly different versions--I just did the 20 minute run on Sunday, on W5D3.
Anyhoo, go you! This felt like a milestone for me, too.


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