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First Vegan Week + 5k Training Progress

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Well, about a week ago I decided it would be a great idea to captain a team for the Portland Be the One Run 5k on July 15th, which is working to raise funds for the National Bone Marrow Registry. I haven't managed to start fundraising with full-force yet, but I'm looking forward to a bake sale (my last one raised over $200!) and some motivational emails! I really want to raise at least $500 for this cause by the time the 5k roles around.

Besides raising money for the run, my goal is to run the entire 5k without stopping or walking. This is going to be tough! I've never been a fan of running, even though both of my house-mates are track athletes and see a 5k as a warmup. I think I can do this though. I made an entire week-by-week workout schedule to train for the 5k, based on the "Couch to 5k" routine, and so far it's going pretty well. I'm actually putting in twice the amount of work as the original routine called for, because I threw in some cross-training (mostly elliptical) on the non-5k running days. Right now I'm still struggling with the running part and working on interval training, but I feel better each time I go to the gym and I'm REALLY motivated to make this happen!

Last week I also finally gave up all animal products and went completely vegan. I've been contemplating it for so long (I've been vegetarian for 2 years), and I finally took the initiative to make the switch. So far it's been pretty easy as I never really used many animal products to begin with, and the only hard part is living with my non-vegetarian family at the moment. However, they humor me by eating my vegan meals and have even considerably cut down on the meat consumption; Progress!

Yesterday was by far my lowest point this week. My workout was forced and unpleasant, and cut short by my gym's Memorial Weekend hours. Work was long and I was really irritable by the time I got off, and then I went grocery shopping and allowed myself a bag of vegan, low-sodium potato chips- a big mistake! I over snacked and skipped dinner to make myself feel better, and the scale hasn't budged for the past couple of days. I think my expectations are a little high for myself, but I'm hoping to keep pushing through until I get the results I want!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend all! ~

♫ ~ Kristin
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