Sunday, June 10, 2012
Since we're not moving, and since it looks like so much fun, I'm going to try to *jog* a 5k in August. It's the Color Run - participants start out in a white t-shirt and by the time they cross the finish line, they're tie-dyed. Fun stuff! My first 5k was the day after a Color Run, on the same course. Just seeing the explosion of leftover (non-toxic and completely washable) color all over the road was fun. :)
More importantly, though, a 5k two months out is the perfect motivation for summer. I've had a hard time getting off my duff since my first 5k. It's been alternating between wonderful summer thunderstorms (of which we need more - wildfires everywhere!) and 90+-degree sun. Some place, the sun doesn't make such a huge difference. You know, places where there's atmosphere, like in Florida. :) Here, though, you sit still in a sunbeam and you'll overheat within minutes, even in an air-conditioned car. (Could be worse, though - we could have moved to Phoenix!) At any rate, with all this weather it's been difficult to get out of the house (plus blood loss - for some reason, that time of the month since having the baby boy knocks me flat for ten days - trying to drink more and take supplements to see if it helps). I need out of the house. The baby needs out of the house. I want more exercise! I've finally brought the scale number back down to my post-pregnancy plateau after our trip, and I want to surpass it again. Better yet, however, I can see and feel a difference in my belly flab. It's still way flabby (never tightened up again after the baby and pre-eclamptic edema), but I can finally feel muscle underneath it. Hurray! And my waist is more apparent, regardless of what number my tape measure reads.
I feel like I'm digressing. Maybe I just feel like my thought process is all over the place - probably because it is!
5k #2 will be on August 11. That gives me just enough time to get in some good training and increase my stamina. I don't know for certain that I will be able to jog any of the race, even after good training. My joints might not be able to handle the impact yet. But that's the goal - Jog at least a third of the distance. I'd also really like to shave 6 minutes off my previous time. I think that's awesome progress if I can manage it! :D