Thursday, May 26, 2011
Another milestone - longest run since returning to land running. :)
It was soooooooo hot and sooooo tough to make myself keep going. It was energy draining. I had water but I just was like - this sucks. It was not one of those glorious runs - although it really did have it's very nice moments, too! Most of the way back was into a HOT headwind, but then sometimes in the shade it turned cooler and there was a nice moment of AHHHH - you know?
But I'm soooo proud I sticked it out because now I REALLY feel I'm returning to my running. :) I thought I was going mega slow, I hit some 13mm paces at times, but when I uploaded my garmin data I avg'd 11:47 on the way out (1.8something miles) and 12:20 something on the way back, for about 2 miles. So I was very happy with that!
I have my first race back to running on Monday - big 10K race in the community for Memorial Day, the added a 5K route at some point and that's the one I'm doing. I'm not 100% sure how I want to take the race yet - there have been some people training to run it, but I don't think anyone stuck with it enough to run the whole thing or maybe just had too far to go to train up to it because they weren't starting with a base level of fitness before the beginning of C25K, you know? When I started c25K for the first time, I had been walking 30-45min 3x a week regularly for 6 months and doing some strength training and was able to go straight through the program - but if you're literally COUCHING it to 5K, that could take longer.
There are a couple of people I think will run the whole thing, but one has been training w/ her mom so I'm guessing they'll run together. I guess I'll see if that other girl wants me to run with her, otherwise I'm gonna race it to the best of my ability.
So I'm planning to run either Fri or Saturday, somewhere around 3 miles but take the pace super easy. I thought I was trying to take it easy on Wed and I felt slow, but it looks like my thoughts being concerned about being late to band rehearsal actually had me pushing it more than I thought. Granted, I thought I was going slow but it felt draining cause of the weather and stuff. Whatever. I think I'm convincing myself that Saturday running would be better to avoid the hottest part of the day.... or I could get up early tomorrow? Either way NOT running tomorrow after work. So hot. hahaha.
Tonight it's either Zumba or RockIt Ballet! KEAKMAN kindly gifted me a LivingSocial deal for some classes at a local DanceTrance studio and I'm dying to try this class. They meet on Monday and Thursday, so if Zumba's cancelled, I'm going to check it out! Friday will be PowerYoga. OH YES. :) Saturday - Run andmaybeTRXoryogabutmaybenot.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Still going good with my foot rehab. It's not really progressing since a couple days after my visit, but by that point I was pretty much pain free all the time so it's hard to measure progress from there! :) If I sleep without the sock I do still have heel pain when I first step down barefoot - but if I stretch before hand and step into shoes I'm good to go. I don't sleep overnight w/out my Strassburg Sock - just sometimes I fall asleep without putting it on and then have to wake up and put it on later. Living in the basement means our nighttime TV watching is done from bed so it's easy to do!
Last night's run - forgot Mr. G (Garmin) at home, left my MP3 player at work (was using it for hula hooping), so....... no watch, no music, no nothin. I wanted to keep it a bit shorter since I was still pretty sore from TRX class and also ran 3.6 last time I ran which was longer than any continuous running thus far this year, so I took the short side of the greenway. Mapped it when I got home and it was about 2.22 miles - no clue on pace. And that's ok!
My new Brooks and Superfeet came in yesterday, but the Mizunos aren't supposed to arrive until Wednesday - weird.
I still think I may need to see a chiro for my hip/pelvis area, but I'll wait until at least after this next Sportsmed visit to try to spread out these co-pay costs.
Tonight we're going out to eat at the local EarthFare - they are having these "GOOD OLDE DAYS" meals and I got a coupon for $3 off a second meal and a free side, and so hubby and I are having a date out for dinner and then grocery shopping. HAHA. Soooo romantical. It's not a healthy menu, but I know the quality and source of ingredients will be top notch so I'm looking forward to it. :)
I established some ground rules for my Zumba class with those class members who have gone before - if I don't have two people signed up (aside from myself) by 3PM on class day, that day's class will be cancelled. I linked to our editable excel sheets and offerred to add or remove people from the sign up if they email and request it. I think this will be the best way for us to sometimes continue to Zumba if people still want to, let me know if I should stay or plan to go to the gym instead, and not have me getting irritated and resentful because I stick around and people don't show. If classes get cancelled for too long straight, we'll scrap the program.
As much as I love it, I can't afford to spend the time on it anymore without there being energy given back to it. It was a great experience, but if it doesn't work out - I'm mentally/emotionally/etc. ready to move on. :) Who knows, this might be the way to really bring it back! But I kinda doubt it. At least now I have definitive parameters to give as a guideline instead of it being a completely emotional decision. I like that! No one has to feel like I'm giving up on them or mad or selfish - if they don't sign up, then it's done. Period. Expectations are established and consequences named.
When WAVEDANCER7 was visiting we discussed me getting certified for Zumba teaching - I definitely feel very prepared for certification given my experiences, but we just can't afford it at this time. I do intend to get certified when we can afford to only sloowwwlly regain the cost of certification with me teaching. Otherwise the cost output is just not financially feasible.
Well this blog is boring! HAHA. I guess I had it coming - not every blog can be a million fun pictures. :) Speaking of which - I have to admit, I think sometimes I photograph better than I look in real life. It's disheartening to have people who have seen me in similar or better shape rave about how great I look NOW in photos. I'm like, nope- sorry - apparently I'm extremely photogenic and real-life Dana is still a sloppy mess. I've always been photogenic and felt it was kind of a curse. Better to look best in real life! Right? Although Tyra did say on top model that for a model it was the kiss of death to hear that they look better in person - they should ALWAYS be able to look better in photographs. So maybe I should just think of myself as a model. HAHA.
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