Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Today is my 5 month Spark-versary. I NEVER dreamed back on January 1st, weighing 214 pounds, that I'd be where I am today. Tomorrow is my weigh-in day and I *might* have achieved my goal weight. I've run 2- 5K's, I've registered for a 10-Mile Run, and TODAY I'm actually thinking about entering a Half Marathon.
HOLY COW! What a difference from 5 Months ago!
I've learned so much about what I'm capable of and how tough I am. I'm a better wife and mother. And YES clothes shopping is fun again!
To my spark friends--I need your insight: Would I be ready for a half marathon by August 7th?
(I need someone to talk me into it, or out of it if I've completely lost my mind!) My long run the last 3 weeks has been 6 miles. I've been able to do it without feeling exhausted. Talking to my husband, we figure if I make my long run next week 7 miles, and then a mile a week, I could be ready. I just don't want to over do it.
Any help anyone can give me on this dilemma would be greatly appreciated!
To my spark peeps, THANK YOU for your love and support. I LOVE checking in and seeing the notes on my page, the comments on my status, and the goodies! You guys are awesome and I wouldn't be where I am today without you!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Yesterday was my day to kick up my distance run another notch. For the last 3 weeks I've done 5 miles on Sundays. Last Sunday the 5 miles was relatively easy (who AM I? A year ago I couldn't run 2 blocks!) so I decided it was time to challenge myself a bit. I also wanted to switch up my route. I get bored pretty easy, and I've been running the same loop (or variations of it) for the last month. My quick boredom is also why I'm not a fan of treadmill running; it seems to take FOREVER because it's so monotonous.
I decided to go with an out-and-back route--3 miles out, turn around and head home. Easy enough. We have a bike trail about a mile from our house so I headed in that direction. My area is pretty flat (think prairie), I think there are literally like 2 hills in town, but what we lack in hills we make up for in WIND. It's not a big deal to run in 15-20 mph wind and that, my friends, is what I was running IN TO on my way back. The bike path was a great run--it's paved, and actually pretty scenic. I felt good at the turn-around point. It was hot and humid in Minnesota all weekend, so for the first time I ran in a tank top. Unfortunately my iPod armband rubbed an area on my arm raw--didn't really feel it though until I got home. Any suggestions from the runners out there? It was the velcro part of it that was peeking out around the side so not sure if there's a way to prevent that...
When I hit mile 5 I was pumped because there was still gas in the tank.
The last 1/2 mile was a little tough, but I knew I was almost home, so that kept me going.
6 Miles. 62 Minutes. I'll take it!
When I got home I ate a Luna Protein Bar, stretched and actually felt pretty good! My shin splints were a little tender but really not too bad. My knees were great! I'm really feeling like I'll be ready for that 10-Mile in October!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I want to apologize to all of my spark friends! I've MISSED YOU ALL this past week. Unfortunately our computer crashed AND we had a computer virus, but luckily my sister-in-law is a computer genius, so now we're back up and running.
Back to my 5K last Friday night!
I spent the whole day Friday a little on edge...I was so nervous! My first 5K was also on a Friday evening, and I wanted so badly to improve my time. I ate sensibly. My husband and I got to the race location and picked up our packets at 4PM--the race was slated to start at 6PM. We were in that window where we were starting to get hungry and a snack wasn't going to cut it, but we knew if we had a full meal we would be in trouble come race time.
We opted for Arby's and both ate a half of a grilled chicken sandwich. I was seriously starving and could have eaten the whole thing! When we finished we headed over to the race site again. I was sporting my new "Wicked Purple" performance shirt that was my reward for my 40 pound loss.
At about 15 minutes to race time I put my headphones on and started to get in the groove. I've been training for this continuously. "I run the equivalent of 3+ 5K's per week, so this is not a big deal," I kept telling myself. When the race started I got caught up in the frenzy and went out of the gate WAY TOO FAST. I figured that out around the 1-mile mark and backed off. Ironically many of those people I was fighting to keep up with that first mile, were walking by mile 2 and I was passing them. Around 2.5 miles things really thinned out and I was all by myself. It was really an easy course, mostly flat. When I turned the final corner with about .3 to go I saw the clock and COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES....at that turn it was at 28:30. I thought, "HOLY CRAP...I COULD CROSS THE FINISH UNDER 30!!!" When I saw that clock the adrenaline kicked in and I kicked it up a notch. My husband had finished with a time of 24:40 and had come down to the corner to cheer me on--he was surprised at my pace too! I didn't even see him--I was totally in the zone.
As I hit the finish line it was so surreal. I didn't think I'd be under 30 minutes until MAYBE the end of the summer.
Gun time: 29:10. I AM A RUNNER!!!!
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