Monday, March 19, 2012
Doing the 5k yesterday was, in part, for getting ready for my church's Sprint Tri on July 28th.
I've been looking forward to it. It's been keeping me focused. The thought of my 3 older girls doing it with me was exciting.
ROADBLOCK #1 - Because of the interest and so many people signing up they have changed the age. Now only 16 and older can participate which excludes my 12 and 13 yo.
ROADBLOCK #2 - My two older sons (17 and 15) participate in AAU basketball. They have HUGE tournaments in Vegas and LA in July. Last year I sent my sons and dh. This year, since we have two sets of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins that live in Vegas, I promised the whole family we would go.
Vegas tournament has always been first, usually towards the 21st-25th of the month. Then LA is usually the very last days of July. Well, for some reason, this year they switched dates. ARGHHH! We'd planned on going to Vegas then one car of the girls heading home for the TRI and a car of boys heading to LA.
So there are TWO things in our way for completing the TRI as our mom and daughter group.
I'm not letting it stop me. I'm not letting it get me down. We are still training, all four of us. Somehow we'll do a sprint tri. ( For this one it is 500m swim, 12 mile bike ride and then a 5k).
If gas prices get out of control there is the possibility the whole family can't go to Vegas. In that case my older daughter and I will do the Sprint Tri but we'll organize another one just for the four of us. (Actually one of the organizers said she'd give my younger girls permission to do it since she knows how hard we're working towards it but I don't think that would be fair to the other younger girls who had their hearts set on doing it.
Another possibility is while we are in Vegas to find a gym that will let us pay for a day use. Using their pools, spin bikes and treadmill. It wouldnt' be as fun but knowing our church family was doing it at the same time would be motivating.
So, my first 5k is done but the training continues. Now to continue the walking(slight jogging) but to add in the lap swims and cycling.
I am a bit sore from yesterday. The aches are letting me know I did push it. Need to add some stretching too
Saturday, March 17, 2012
WooHoo!!! I think I've caught the bug!
My dh woke up early with us and drove us the 30 minutes to the starting area. I was still a tad nervous, just for the newness of it all, but was very excited to just get out there and exercise! My goal was less than 54:00 minutes and NOT to be last. The fastest I have done a 5k on my treadmill was 53:38 but I know running on pavement is completely different than the cushioning of a treadmill.
The rain came down as we drove to the race town. It was freezing cold as well.
My daughters and I walked to the packet pickup area. I saw that the time chips were supposed to go on the shoe. Never having done this before I asked a group of the 10-milers. My girls were embarrassed that I'd approach complete strangers. Hey, I told them I was a newbie and had NO idea how this all worked. They were Awesome and willing to help!
My 12yo skinny minny was FREEZING! I had to keep her in the car most of the time until it started.
This is my 12yo, myself and my 13 yo. We had just pinned on our numbers and still had 30 minutes until the 5k started.
Never having experienced the "race"atmosphere we gathered at the starting line to watch how it was done with the 10-milers. Impressive group! With 15 minutes til our starting we hurried the the port-a-pottie lines and then rushed back to the start.
The held up signs for those who ran a 7mph/mile, 8, 9, and 10. Well, I for sure knew none of those times applied to me but there was no way I was going to the very back of the pack.
We lined up with the 10mph group and I stayed on the outside not to get in anyone's way. My 13 yo was going to run on her own and see how fast she could do it. I required my 12yo to stay with me. She wasn't too thrilled with that. I knew she wouldn't be as fast as her sister but she was probably faster than me.
The horn went off and so did I. What?! I actually jogged the beginning. The adrenaline was going and I was caught up in the emotion of it all. I've heard people warn about this so after jogging for a few minutes I told my dd we were going to walk, do a fast walk. We walked over the bridge but picked up a jog to come down it. I was very excited to see the 1mile mark and checked my cell phone app to see how fast I did it. 14:40 WooHoo, I was faster than I had planned.
As we approached the 1mile sign there were the faster 5k'ers coming back around (The two fastest were 14 and 13 and they did it in 19 something...CRAZY!)
As we saw more and more people passing us the opposite direction I knew we'd be seeing my other dd soon. I was so proud of her when we did, she was doing so great! She was on the opposite side of the road from us but I held up my arms and cheered her name and yelled! (Another embarrassing moment for my girls).
I guess I like to embarrass my kids because most of the volunteers I passed I said, "thanks so much for volunteering!" and I chatted several times with fellow racers. My 12yo said she's NEVER racing with me again! It's too embarrassing!
At one point I wished my legs would cooperate more. My lungs felt fine, like they could push it more, but my legs didn't have it in them. We jogged for about a minute several more times then I decided to not do more, I was going to save my energy to be able to jog across the finish line.
The rain that came down on us at the beginning part of the race started tapering off and finally quit with a bit of sun popping out. Beautiful! It was still cold and my legs felt it!
I called my dh on our final stretch to let him know we were coming in. He was standing there with our 13yo taking pictures/videos. Right before the finish line my 12yo took off and ended up finishing 6seconds ahead of me.
I was/am THRILLED with my time! My age category was 40-44. I got 17th place out of 20. In 4 days I'll be 45, I think I should have put my age down as 45 then I would have been 12th in that age group.
What a wonderful event! They had water, oranges, bananas, cinammon rolls, pizza an cookies waiting at the end! I opted just for water and oranges to hold back the cravings and to stay on plan.
As we got in the car to come home my 13 yo (who got 35:15, 8th place out of 34 in her 11-14 yr old group) said, "So what race are we doing next month?"
I've been looking and have found a few but probably will wait until May. Don't know if my obese body and schedule can handle doing one a month.
I'm loving this Non-Scale Victory!
By the way...I did this weighing 282.6 (this morning's peek) And here is what I look like:
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I live in the Pacific Northwest and our weather this week has been CRAZY!
Beginning on Sunday we had dumping rain, moments or a mixture of snow and a bit of hail. As the night approached the winds picked up. Monday the winds were destructive! Huge trees snapped in half, street signs knocked down, our basketball hoop blown over, and MUCH more. Add to the wind...more RAIN. Monday night, early Tuesday morning we had SNOW which as it warmed up turned back to .... more RAIN!
Yesterday...RAIN! Today...DUMPING RAIN!
I know with living in the NW rain is expected but we usually don't have this kind of rain at this time and what's making it worse is the temperatures are COLD, much colder than normal.
In TWO days time, exactly at this same time, I'll be lining up with my daughters and, who knows how many, strangers to walk/jog my first official 5K. As I look outside my window it is dark, gray, WINDY, and, yes, DUMPING RAIN! The weather for Saturday shows more showers, no sun and a low of 37.
Never being an outdorr adventurous girl (I got up to 325 from staying inside with hot cocoa, donuts, candy and a good book on these kind of days NOT doing a 5k) I don't have the right gear!
I'll make do. I'll be cold, I'll be wet but I will DO IT!!! I'm sure after experiencing it I'll be on the hunt to find weather appropriate workout clothes.
If you have knowledge in this department PLEASE share!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
As I mentioned yesterday I signed up for a 5k. Although I've been to the town where the 5k is being held I had no idea the exact location. Today we took the 30 minute drive as a family to scope things out.
I printed the map and we were able to locate the starting point (which is also the finishing). We drove the course and that's when the nerves started hitting. In the description it says it's a flat course. True, it is, for the most part. But at, about, .5 mile in it starts going uphill on a bridge that crosses a river. It's quite a rise, then descent. Since the route finishes the same way it starts that means towards the end it's the same but in reverse.
Driving 3.1 miles seems MUCH further than when I walk it outside and on the treadmill. I was a little bit concerned with the territory we covered.
I'm going to try and not let my nerves show. My daughters are doing this with me so I have to be the all-confident, all-knowing Mom so that they will not be any more nervous than I'm sure they already are.
I pulled up the results from last year. The slowest jogger/walker did the 5k in 54 minutes. There were about 75 5k'ers. (More for the 10mile segment). I'm hoping what they say is true, that during a race environment you actually go faster!
It's also amazing to see how the kicked up nerves is revving up my food cravings and desires to eat and binge! I'll probably feel this way all week so I need to stay vigilant on staying the course. To top it off, my newly turned 12 yo daughter is having her friend party Friday night. Thankfully not at our house but it's NOT what I want to be doing when I have to leave the house at 6:45 the next morning.
Okay, DEEP BREATH!
This is part of the journey. Growth and Challenge! I will not become the stronger person by hybernating in my home. That's what I've been doing for the past 44 years and look where that got me! I chose the name Overhauling-Me not just to represent the weight I'll be losing but to represent ALL that I need to improve.
Overcoming my fears WILL make me stronger and will help me be a better parent...Leading by example.
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