Saturday, January 26, 2013
Or was it 5.25?
Today I ran/walk five miles, running one minute and walking thirty seconds. My overall pace stayed just under 13 minutes, which made me very excited since that is fast for me. The strange part is, I was running on a path that marked every couple of tenths of a mile. I started at 11.5, ran to 14, and ran back to 11.5. That's five miles, right? Well, before I reached the marker, I heard the GPS tracker I use on my phone say five miles. By the time I reached the marker, it said 5.25. There's a few options for the difference: the mile markers on the path are off, my GPS is off, my GPS is taking the swing of my arm into account, or I don't run in as straight of a path as the markers think I will. What do you think? I don't really care. I ran 5 miles, and I will claim the times on my phone (using Map My Run) since they make me proud. Here are the times (pace for that mile in parenthesis):
Mile 1: 12:53 (12:53 min/mi)
Mile 2: 25:20 (12:25 min/mi)
Mile 3: 38:23 (13:06 min/mi; stopped to stretch)
Mile 4: 51:31 (13:02 min/mi)
Mile 5: 1:04:48 (13:20 min/mi)
5.25 miles: 1:07:56 (12:14 min/mi)
Lately, my average pace has been 13-14 minute miles, so under 13 (even just a few seconds overall) was superb. In two weeks, I am planning on running a 5k. With how well I ran today, I think I could do it in under 40 minutes, which would be fantastic! Part of why my time today was better was probably due to running on a flat path. Lately, everywhere I have been running has hills, which are fun to run down, but not as fun to run up. This morning, my parents told me that I was not allowed to run in the forest preserve by my house like I did last week. While I was very frustrated at the time, I was able to convince my mom to let me run on the path just south of our house. This forced me to run on the flat path instead of the hilly one, so I suppose I should thank my parents for making me take a different route today.
In other news, I finally am lower than 220 by a whole .2 pound. I am still celebrating though, and will keep going. It would be wonderful to hit ONEderland in March. I have noticed though that with my weight, I tend to be very motivated and lose a few pounds for two or three weeks in a row. Then I stay the same for a month. Then I get motivated again and lose a few more pounds. Slow but steady. At least my weight has been generally going down and not relapsing during the not as motivated times. This spring, I will pick up my motivation and keep going.
My biggest struggle is nutrition. I had some amazing days this week and a few not as great. One not as great included going to Sonic and out to dinner in the same day. I made good choices at dinner, but my Sonic meal was, well, over 1000 calories. I learned my lesson and felt gross to prove it. What was appealing before isn't now. The next day I made much better choices and stayed at the low end of my calorie range.
With hitting 219.8 today, I updated my program, and my nutritional needs changed a bit again. Well, that's all for me this week. Wait, in other exciting news, my dad invited me to come workout with him this afternoon! That's a big step for us, and even though I already ran 5 miles, I am going. I'm looking forward to using the pool they have and taking it easy exercising elsewhere. Have a good week! Keep going!
Current Weight: 219.8