Friday, November 29, 2013
Wow, where is this year going? I have been with SparkPeople for 11 months now and with my weigh in today I am down almost 42 lbs (just .2 lbs away) and I am officially overweight - moving out of the obese category for the first time in I don't know how long!
Yesterday I started out the day with a 5k Turkey Trot. It was a balmy 28 degrees in Naperville! The old me would have taken the opportunity to say it was too cold and stayed under the covers. But no, I put on my merino wool base layer top and pants, put on my running pants and my Turkey Trot shirt. Got my running gloves and ear covers and off I went. Once I got going, it was the perfect amount of clothing. My hubby dropped me off and went to Starbucks to get coffee and then met me at the finish line with my sweatshirt. That way I didn't have to worry about finding parking.
For the first time this year, I was under 40 minutes for a 5k - official time 38:05 and just about 2 minutes over my PR from 2010 for a 5k and that was when I training for a half marathon. No walk breaks and I felt great the entire time! I felt like a runner for the first time in a long time.
So, I am going to keep up with my running, keep up with my planks and keep this Spark thing going! I want to beat my PR for a 5k by the next time I run one and that time is 35:56. My sisters, one of my nieces and I also signed up for the first quarter marathon in Chicago for next April. And I am setting a goal of running a half marathon next year.
So Thanksgiving is over and on to Christmas preparations! Hope everyone had a great holiday and is doing well meeting their goals or at least has a plan to get on track! Happy Black Friday Spark Friends!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
OK, so I go a month with no blog and now 3 days in a row? Well, I have to say I am enjoying the plank challenge this month, but today was a minute and a half and it really is getting to be a challenge. I try not to look at the end of the month and see 5 minutes - it might scare me off. But, we're building up every day, right?
Of course I've been a bit of a slacker in the running area. But after seeing Stay39's update about going for a run with her husband, I was motivated. Of course it was a little dark, cold and blustery by the time I finished work, but I did get a 2.5 mile run in on the treadmill and finished my day with over 12,000 steps in. So, I need to stay in this running groove and actually brave the temperatures since I did sign up for the Turkey Trot!
Hope everyone is having an active Movember! I know Trinity1 is getting busy with her home gym set-up and Mshel7 is focused on busting through her plateau! So I think Movember is going to be a successful month!
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