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Pace Yourself, Paula. Pace Yourself.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Minneapolis is having perfect running weather today. 30 degrees and full sun w/ no breeze. The idea of running on a treadmill, on most days, makes me want to bang my head against the wall but it is the perfect segue back into it. However, given the choice to be outside or in the gym, I'll choose outside in a heartbeat. And I did.

I had it decided that I was going to hit the 5K mark today as a benchmark for my January 1 race (which has turned out to be the best decision ever, by the way! More on that shortly...). Good intentions aside, I'm just not ready for more than 30 minutes when I'm giving it my all. I was most certainly giving it my all today.

I did a good mix of warm up walking (6 minutes), then walking/running intervals using things such as driveways, trees and fire hydrants as my benchmarks to hit as I ran. As I remembered, running outside takes a few minutes to really become used to. My legs have typically tried to freeze up in the first 10 minutes or so, and they did so again today, but once I'm over that hurdle it's all good. I managed 1.93 in a little under 30 minutes. That's not half bad considering the last time I worked on trying to get to 5K it took me 47 minutes to hit 2.6 miles.

These legs remember and that's very exciting to me!! I have to pace myself though. My running isn't contained yet... the spurts to knock out some quick distances were consistently averaging 10:30/mile today. That was where I was when I was running regularly. Going slower seems painful to me mentally, but my lungs and oxygen capacity are not there. The extra weight isn't helping things either... I feel heavier as I go (which I am) but more like there isn't the strength/boyancy I used to have. It's ok, I'll get there.

So all in all, I'm ridiculously proud of my tenacity. What I'm also thankful about is that I'm not hallucinating that the compression running shirts I tried on at Target the other day are cut differently. I was trying on XXL and couldn't even get it on and the arms looked like they were cut for children (I actually checked to see if it was placed in the wrong spot). I was horribly disappointed until this morning. I pulled out my compression shirts from two years ago in XL and they still fit me now... so it's NOT me. Amen.

So... the idea of doing a January 1 run as a comeback has turned out to be brilliant. Beyond the obvious reason of starting the new year off right are the goodies they keep adding to this race! I knew we were going to have hot chocolate waiting at the end (yum!) and a well-earned medal...

but then they announced they were giving us glasses...

and the embroidered fleece zip ups are now accompanied by knit penguin hats!

I am so excited! I love my sport!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ERINBEAR1876 11/22/2012 7:21PM

    No freaking way!? I am so jealous about that Polar Dash :) I will maybe do it next year! How cool.

I love running outside too, and having that same extra 50 pounds on my frame, I know all too well right now how less buoyant I am. Nice benchmark :)

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AMSPARKER 11/19/2012 3:19AM

    Love it that you are giving it your all! I'm feeling like you are really on your way!
Love, love, love the new picture, by the way. you look fabulous!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/18/2012 5:05PM

    Congratulations on the great run!! I love that you are starting the new year with a 5k - what a great way to start fresh while also giving yourself a reason to train for it now. :) LOL I love how excited you are about the race swag....but honestly, I would be too! Those are some fun freebies - LOVE the penguin hats!

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EUPHRATES 11/18/2012 11:49AM

    Okay, now you've got me lady - I am GOING to get my inhaler scrip refilled this week, so I can start running again (because without the inhaler it ain't happenin'). January 1st huh? Considering the fact part of my motivation to get back on the stick last week was seeing an ad for the Thanksgiving Day Run here and being depressed because I'd totally die if I tried it this year, that sounds like a reasonable goal. Off to see if there's a 5K in my area that day somewhere to sign up for!

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SARAWALKS 11/18/2012 10:09AM

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You're inspiring me to get out and run today. 30 degrees seems chill to me but maybe I just need to TRY IT! WOOT!
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CHICAT63 11/18/2012 7:24AM

    emoticon emoticon as I a crazy person who has been running the Resolution Run for the last two years on December 31 I find this Polar Dash mighty interesting and fun !!!! Go PCB Go !!!!

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GAMEON123 11/17/2012 11:11PM

    You are tenacious! Keep rockin it.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 11/17/2012 1:44PM

    I emoticon our sport also!

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MAMADWARF 11/17/2012 1:20PM

    woohoo! Team PAULA!!!

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SHEILA1505 11/17/2012 12:39PM

    Well done - and glad you sorted out the conundrum about the compression tops!

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JONEIL513 11/17/2012 12:12PM

    Great job and that race has some awesome swag for the runners! anyone doing a race in january deserves some goodies emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/17/2012 11:34AM

    I am glad you are so happy!

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NEPTUNE1939 11/17/2012 10:40AM

    30 degree's? LOL - No way I'll be running in that sort of temp unless a polar bear was chasing me! I do admire your fortitude, Earl emoticon

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STILLHERE1111 11/17/2012 10:40AM

    Paula, how wonderful to be psyched about your sport. With your great attitude you will have much success. Keep it up!!
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