Saturday, April 05, 2008
So I just looked up my official time for my Thanskgiving 5K last year to see, and it was 40:20 -- pace per mile 12:59.
I don't have my official time for this 5K yet, BUT I think it was right around 36:20. Which is I think about 11:42 per mile, or 11.7min mile. I took off about 4 minutes from my time! :D WOOHOO!!!!!!
I was aiming for around 36, less would have been best, but I actually had a cramp in the arch of my left foot for the second half at LEAST of the race -- so I'm pretty happy with that time. :D ALSO it was raining for part of it. Very chilly and wet outside.
But it was fun!!!!! Only 85 people participated, and I was NOT last. In fact, there were I THINK more than 5 people behind me and they weren't all ancient, big, or children either. There were a couple that appeared to be young and fairly healthy. So I achieved right around my goal time, my big goal of beating my LAST 5K time, AND not being last. :D HAHAHA!
They had a band set up playing the whole time at the start/finish area. When everyone got back the band was playing and once EVERYONE REALLY got back (all runners in), there was the barbecue!! :D BEST 5K EVER!!! Live music and food as kind of a party after the run. No it wasn't gorgeous outside, but at least I didn't get overly hot and sweaty. :)
I hope to have some more pictures later that were taken while I was running by the people running the show, but this one was taken by my hubby after -- and after I went to the car to get it and my hoodie. SO CHILLY and COLD and RAINY. :) hehe.
Also there are a couple more pictures on my flickr account of the band and the food. :P
Friday, April 04, 2008
... wish me luck!!!
Also the 90's party is actually tomorrow -- I will try to get some pictures. :)
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I never would have believed I'd ever say the above -- but it's kinda true! :D I mean, when I think back about it it seemed fun. Sometimes in the moment I go, GRR!!! But today's run was interesting.
I was running around my "neighborhood" which basically consisted of running through the neighboring HUGE apartment complex -- it's a long street that is actually a street on the map, not just an internal structure, with little 4 apartment buildings (usually) all through it. So I ran down that street, and back up it because it dead ends, and then up the monster of a hill that is the road next to my apartment complex. It also dead ends at the top, but I didn't go that far -- only as far as would take my total route to 2 miles. (Going just up and down the hill was way too short). I didn't cut out much of the hill and some other days when I'm not trying to limit my run to 2 miles because of the upcoming 5K, I would totally do the whole thing.
That was the best part!! Charging up that hill!!! But I don't really like running downhill -- it's kind of annoying. I just feel weird. Does anyone else feel this way???
Anyways. We're going to a 90's party tomorrow night, and I decided it'd be pretty easy to put together a SKATER look, so I headed to the Thrift Store and got some big baggy pants and some skater looking sneakers to wear. I spent WAYYYYYYYYYYY TOO LONG looking at like EVERYTHING. YEAH. I got home and had about 10min to get ready and leave -- including packing my lunch. So I skipped the shower (oh joy), and made it to work on time somehow. :P
And that's about it for today. Bummed that I didn't get the Strength Training in that I had planned, and I won't have time to do it tomorrow either. :P But I might get tough and do some tonight. We'll see.
Edited to Add: Ok so I found an article on running up and downhill and varying techniques, and I think I'm doing most of the downhill techniques -- keeping the same pace, staying vertical... But reading it made me feel less insane about not liking downhill running. HAHAHA
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Yesterday was a somewhat adventurous day. I got things done, had fun, it was great.
First thing I did was eat some of the rye bread I SUCCESSFULLY made. :D WOOHOO!!! And then later an apple... and then I went to go for my 2mile run. (I'm doing 2 miles 2 days this week before the 5K this Saturday.) This woman at my work suggested a park near where I live for my runs, so I decided to check it out. I looked it up on mapmyrun.com and pulled up a hybrid satellite/street map image for the park. :D I was able to see a road looping around the park and an extra rd/path? looping in the back. So I measured it out and doing one circuit of that including the little loop in the back was one mile. PERFECT!!! So I head out and take a look around and get going! It was pretty nice.
I don't think it'll become a favorite or anything, but it was a pretty decent place to run -- very peaceful, only a few people around (granted this was at about noon on a Tuesday so who knows what it's like during more outside of a workday/schoolday hours). It was also kinda boring though... One spot I really liked had a canopy of large trees that came out over the road. Anyway, so I did two circuits of that. Had some pretty serious ab cramps going on after about halfway through -- I think it might have had to do with what I ate that morning. I usually feel better running after eating JUST a banana or half a banana, and most other stuff tends to bug me.
Anyway! DID THAT. Kept up a pace consistent with my new recent discovery of my faster pace -- about 11.5min miles -- and went home. Did some Strength Training, cleaned the bathrooms, then I was going to watch this episode of Dexter online and it ended up taking forever to get my computer up to date with the Netflix Streaming requirements, so I ended up doing some other things in the meantime, like re-connecting the Wii to our wireless network and stuff like that. Watched Dexter and THEN!! :D
THE CONCERT!! WOOHOO!!!
One of my very favorite musical acts - The Dirtbombs. I had never seen them live but always wanted to and they were AMAZING. I love them more now than ever. Sadly, my ears are still ringing. hahaha. Something else exciting -- the menu was AWESOME.
The Bottletree Cafe in Birmingham, AL -- check it out! (They have a menu on their website.) :D They have a TON of vegetarian/vegan options. I got the Garden Grill, added Grilled Tofu, served over quinoa. SO GOOD. It has a lemon tahini sauce -- it was INCREDIBLE. I want to go back already for more!!! :D hahahaha My DH also ordered a PB Tofu Pie which was good.
I can't wait now to try making the quinoa I bought!!!
Monday, March 31, 2008
DO YOU SEE THAT CRAP???? :D Average pace, 11:19min/mile?!? :D WHO AM I? hahahahaha. It was awesome. I can't believe I went 3.37 miles in 38 minutes. Last year when I did the 5K I was over 40min for the 3.1 miles.
Not only have I seriously improved my pace, I guess by the sheer power of weight loss+improved fitness -- BUT!!! :D There are lots of reasons I'm proud of my run on Saturday.
1. Work sucked. And then a workout???
2. To be honest I was a little scared of my workout, since it was my first time running outdoors other than the race last year. Don't know why but I was intimidated by that.
3. The trail ENDED VERY SOON.
4. I pushed myself to run farther than I thought I was going to before I went.
First, I arrived at my chosen location and realized that the road I thought intersected with the entrance to the park was WRONG. I was actually farther down the street than I thought I was going to start (AKA farther from my chosen turnaround point). So I was like -- cool. If I go to where I intended to, I'll get a little extra distance in!
Yeah, so it turned out to be WONDERFUL. There's this pretty park next to the "river" here and I started out by stretching down at this kind of lookout area. The breeze was blowing and it was sunny and gorgeous!!! :D It was very peaceful.
So I start running and it's great!! I'm loving running with the trees and the breeze and there are a couple of little bridges, and people taking walks and picnicing and all that good stuff. I start to go around this gazebo type thing where there's a huge barbecue going on and when I get to the other side...
THE TRAIL RUNS OUT. No more park. I kind of stalled for a second like, what the crap am I going to do?? I'm not nearly done with my planned run!
So... I booked it across the "field" type area nearer to the side of the road and kept on trucking. Now it starts to get uglier and hotter. It's gravelly and dirt and grass clumps and cars going by and all that good stuff, but I'm on a mission. I just keep running and looking for 24th as my cross street where I planned to turn around. Not seeing it. Then I finally see... 21st! OK SO I'M CLOSE!!! Keep moving and I see another street sign up ahead, so I set that as my new goal -- just make it to that street and then we can turn around... Greensboro??? Anyway -- definitely not 24th, but I'm pretty sure that's FARTHER so I'm cool with it and I turn around.
My sunscreen is seriously melting into my eyes at this point but when I turn around the sun is to my back and I kinda get it under control. Now I'm really feeling the run... but the beauty of the out and back is that now I just have to do what I've already done!! :D And as I'm on my way back I see different landmarks telling me I'm getting closer. Oh, there's that storm drain/cement block, there's that construction site (yeah, not too scenic towards the end there), oh! there's the big sign for the park! And the fatefull gazebo!! :D
Finally I'm back in the beautiful park and while I'm still feeling a bit ragged, I've got renewed energy from the lovely surroundings -- a bit of a break from the sun and the breeze is back in force! :D
As I sprint back over the spot where I started I stop my stopwatch and see 38minutes! :D WOOHOO!! At my turnaround point I was at just about 19minutes, which means I didn't slow my pace as I was going really -- I kept it up! :D But I still didn't really know how far I had gone since I wasn't sure where I turned around at, and I knew I had some added distance at the beginning. (I mapped my intended run before I went at just about 3.1 miles.)
I was so elated when I went to mapmyrun.com and saw what I had accomplished. I am now WAY more excited for the race on Saturday -- I am not so concerned about having an embarrassingly slow time anymore. :D If I can beat my last 5K time still, I'll be happy. It'll be earlier in the day than that run (which started at about 2PM), so probably a lot nicer outside -- plus I know I'll be running on some streets and sidewalks with trees and interesting buildings instead of that weird kind of... ugh. I dunno man. It just was not pretty toward the middle/turnaround there. HAHAHA :D
I had a pretty good rest of the weekend, too. Didn't eat anything crazy, made homemade pizza on Sunday, too. I tried to make Rye Bread which was a total disaster -- I think I killed my yeast with too hot water because my bread did not rise at all. I thought -- maybe it will rise some in the oven or something. Yeah. I created my first (and hopefully last) Rye ROCK. WOOHOO. :P *thumbs down* But I'm optimistic -- I think I know what I did wrong. So I will try again -- maybe even tonight! :D
Also I got to talk to the poor lady I let down at church by flaking on teaching class that was causing me all the inner turmoil. She seemed to be totally over it and not mad at all which made me feel a lot better. Also -- next week is our church's General Conference which is a worldwide broadcast of some meetings with the church leaders and is really great. I don't think we'll go see it, but I am SOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED I HAVE A SUBSCRIPTION TO THE ENSIGN NOW!!! :D So I will actually get the "Conference Issue"!! :D The Ensign is our church's magazine (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, by the way for anyone who didn't already know), and they print copies of the talks in the magazine.
I might go to one session -- they have like.. 4? or something? 2 on Saturday 2 on Sunday? I can't remember. I know there are two on Sunday. I like to read them, but what with there being a new prophet and all, I might want to go since it's the first Conference since that time.
OH!!!! I forgot to mention the other reason I am proud of myself on Saturday!!! :D I went to the gym and did some Strength Training after my run!!!! :D I didn't just pass out and go home. HAHAHAHA
I did - Wide Lat Pulldowns, Medium Grip Underhand Pulldowns, Sumo Squat w/ Triceps Extension, Crossover Lunges with Hammer Curls, and supersets of Crunches, Bicycle Crunches, and Reverse Crunches. Next week, I'll do some more Pike Crunches. BUT YAY!!!
Tomorrow I get a day off of work and get to go see what is certain to be a SUPERAWESOMECONCERT. The Dirtbombs -- and the place it's at apparently has awesome food -- mostly vegan menu I hear? Anyway. We're going to go down early to check it out.
So I'm not too bitter about work today. I need this day off, but at least it's tomorrow so I can stay positive and optimistic.
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