Saturday, December 21, 2013
This morn I ran a 4:01 half mile per my Garmin, breaking my previous measured best of 4:22. I'm still getting fitter and faster! I kind of laugh at me trying to beat 4 minutes. When I was growing up I remember all the hype about beating the 4 minute mile. For me it's the 4 minute half mile!
Next I'll try to keep that pace for .75 miles. So according to what I've read the way to get faster for races is to train running faster in shorter distances. And train the longer distances at a slower pace so the recovery isn't too arduous that you can do it again soon. I'll soon work up to one mile repeats and then 1.5 miles before my March 8th race. Training smart and staying healthy are priorities just below maintaining my weight and staying healthy.
I just love being a fit old lady! Thanks, SparkPeople. I'd have never done it without you!!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Today I did some speed work, starting to get ready for the Senior Games 5K on March 8th. I did a good walking warm up and then ran a half mile at 11 minute pace, walked a bit and ran a half mile at 9 minute pace, walked, and did another half at 8:45 pace, walked, did a half at 11 minute pace, and then did a long walking cool down. I hope to speed it up quite a bit from there, but I felt like that was a good start to my 5K season!!
My Senior Games 5K History:
March 2011 - 31:19 (my first race ever)! bronze medal
March 2012 -30:23 silver medal
March 2013 - 29:02 gold medal
My Senior Games Goal: to qualify for National Senior Games 5K; 28:09 or better is the expected qualifying time. I have run under that time once. We'll see what happens!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Am I a person maintaining a large weight loss who does a little running? Or am I a runner who does a little weight management?
Actually, neither effort is little. They both take determination and consistency.
But I know my priorities. Weight management/maintenance as part of my overall health comes first. If I had to quit running to be healthier, I would.
Luckily running is part of my health and wellness efforts. That I enjoy running is a plus. That I've made many running friends is another plus. That I, a couch potato for decades, am competitive and can win some age group bling is a total hoot! I love it!! But I would run if there was never another award in my future. And if I have to sacrifice performance in order to cut calories from time to time, well, that's okay, too.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Now to figure out what next. Time to set more goals.
Well, I do have a half marathon on Feb 23rd, the Disney Princess HM. I just bought a beautiful Sparkle skirt to wear. I'm going to be Cinderella's Fairy Godmother who got fit!! I have a little wand and I'll play Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo on my MP3 player with speakers. It's going to be fun! So I do need to keep trained for the 13.1 mile distance. I've been told the race is very crowded and it is not a good one to go for a PR, so training for time is not a high priority. I just want to enjoy it and finish.
Then, March 8th is the Senior Games 5K. I want to qualify for the National Senior Games. I'm not totally certain whether the local race will qualify or if I have to qualify in the state games. No one is in the office to ask until January. A time of 28:09 has made it the last years, so I need to find out if that is the time again in 2014. The state games are not until December of 2014, probably the first week. If I stay healthy and avoid injury I think I can qualify. It will take work -- speed work. I'm planning to work with a coach for about 2 months prior to the qualifying race to give me the best shot.
I'm planning to join Lakeland Runner's Club again in 2014. I only did one of their training runs a couple years ago and it was too fast for me. This year I'm going to check out their other options and see if they offer something I would benefit from. It is a less expensive option than the Galloway group and far less expensive than a coach. A lot of people in our Galloway group do not do any local races, but I'm thinking that is mostly what I want to do in 2014. I'm debating whether to join Galloway again in June 2014. I love the social aspect of the long runs, but know that I am disciplined enough to get my runs in whether I join or not. I'm thinking. I'm thinking.
As far as food and weight goals, I am planning to check out the new part of Weight Watchers. I understand that overall the program is not changing for 2014, but they are adding a Simple Start (or something like that) aimed at helping new people or people wanting to take their program up a notch. I won't know if I want to work the program until I see it. Maybe. Probably 3 months of tracking on Weight Watchers would be good for me. I find when I switch between SP and WW it keeps me on my toes and I don't get complacent. I've kind of found that 4-6 pounds I lost this year. I'm happy that maintaining around 129-133 is very doable for me, but I'd rather be maintaining 124-129. So after I see the new materials, I'll set some goals.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
I will not leave you in suspense. I took first place in my age group for the 6.2 mile run!I wore bells and jingled all the way!! The temperature was in the mid-60s and the overcast sky turned to blue before the event was over. Great day for running! I got 7 hours sleep even though my nephew picked me up at 5:30am. I did better eating the day before and the morning of the race and had no GI problems this time. I consumed 4 Gu Chomps during the race and that seemed just right. Nonetheless, I was almost 2 minutes slower than my fastest 10K, so no PR. But this course had a lot of turns and some hills. I set my Garmin for run 4 minutes/walk 30 seconds, but I didn't stick to it. Several times I was listening to my MP3 player and didn't hear my Garmin and ran through the walk break. Then sometimes I walked when it wasn't time yet when it was uphill. Some day I hope to break an hour for a 10K, but I'll have to really do some speed work to take 3 minutes off my time. My husband tried to take a picture of me at the award ceremony, but the picture did not turn out. Oh, well. The best surprise of the 10K was that my nephew Martin took second place in his age group.
There is our family dog, Kahlua, resting before the race. Here she is with hubby outside the library that sponsored the race and benefits from it:
Above they are racing. Below they are near the finish:
And they posed right before finishing:
My daughter was feeling a little under the weather and didn't bring the granddaughters for the kid's runs. It would have been nice, but not necessary for a great race day.
There were about a dozen people from my Galloway group at the race, including Ellen who took first place in her new age group. See below. It is her 70th birthday today. I hope to be doing the same thing on my 70th!!
Notice that the man in the orange hat with his back to the camera is my husband. I ran my 21st race this morning; he walked his first. I am very proud of him!!
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