CHRIS722's SparkPeople Blog CHRIS722's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 5K Training Done ~ Day 68 - 71 Things got a little busy and I did not have the time to jump on here and type anything. That is when I thought about and realized that has happened to often lately. So it must be time for a change. That means this will be my last entry for my training. <BR> <BR> Day 68 Thursday ended up as a rest day. I was at my son's school from 8:45am to 6:30pm for a fundraiser. <BR> <BR> Day 69 Friday I went to the gym I did 60 minutes on the elliptical actually 65 since after the 60 there was a 5 m... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:38:18 EST 5K Training ~ Day 67 Today I did a zumba class. It was a really good work out. I have not been to a regular zumba class for awhile. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:43:07 EST 5K Training ~ Days 65 & 66 So Monday day 65 I took my dog for a walk and that was it. We did get snow and freezing rain so I did not go to zumba at night. <BR> <BR> Today day 66 I went to the gym. The roads had slush and wet so I could not take the dog for a walk. I did only do 30 minutes of cardio then some strength. <BR> <BR> I have been sick so I am trying not to over due anything. I did get hot and sweaty pretty quickly when doing my cardio. <BR> <BR> Every time I go to the gym I still feel a little uneasy.... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:31:38 EST 5K Training ~ Days 62, 63 & 64 Well I had a busy weekend and did not bother to say anything about my training all weekend. So it is catch up time. <BR> <BR> Day 62 Friday was and it was strength training. My sister went to the gym with me again and we did 40 minutes of cardio and then a full body strength training. <BR> <BR> Day 63 Saturday was a rest day and I did not even take the dog for a walk. <BR> <BR> Day 64 Sunday aka today. I ran on my treadmill. I should have done a 5 minute warm up, 30 minute run and a 5 ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:23:58 EST 5K Training ~ Day 61 Day 61 and today I did zumba. I was tired, it is cold here I really didn't feel like changing and leave the warm house to go. I thought about my goals and I bundled up and went. We had a good class and I feel I did well. I had more energy then I thought I would. <BR> <BR> Another great day of training! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:47:03 EST 5K Training ~ Day 60 Wow Day 60! It is hard to believe this journey has reached 60 days, 2 months. I have come a long way. Today even fighting off a cold I did lace up my sneakers. I ran for 28 minutes. I did a 5 minute warm up and a little over a 5 minute cool down. I wanted to reach at least 40 minutes of cardio. <BR> <BR> I would love to say I ran the 28 minutes straight however I had to stop. My dog started barking and my son was home sick so I wanted to be sure everything was ok and it was. So it wa... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:12:54 EST 5K Training ~ Day 59 Day 59 is a rest day. I needed it after yesterday. I did walk the dog and the town did not plow since it was only a dusting that we got yesterday afternoon into the evening. So with making sure I kept my balance and didn't slip used more muscle than I planned, and for that I got a better workout then I planned. <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:41:19 EST 5K Training ~ Day 58 Day 58 was an over the top training day! I went to the gym with my sister for some cardio and strength training. Then I went to my zumba class tonight. <BR> <BR> I know I am going to be tired tomorrow maybe. However it was a good day and I think it is good for me to push myself. <BR> <BR> I am still kind of in shock that I did so much today. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:24:20 EST 5K Training ~ Days 56 & 57 Well I seem to be doing a lot of double entries. That was not my plan when I started. I did plan to do an entry a day. My bigger plan was that by making entries based on my training I would keep training. That part has worked! I have kept moving forward with my training even on days I really did not feel like it simply because I did want my entries to just stop with out me reaching the end of my training schedule. <BR> <BR> So yesterday Day 56 was rest day. I did not even walk my dog. ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:49:55 EST 5K Training ~ Day 55 So Day 55. Today I went to the gym and had a really good cardio and strength work out. I could have worked a little harder on my cardio machine. So I need to work on that. I did increase my weight on my weights. I felt I was starting to lower them some and take it to easy on myself. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:27:03 EST 5K Training ~ Day 53 & 54 Day 53 Was a snow day and I did not feel well so I made it a rest day. That will mean that I only ran once this week. I feel it was a good choice. It is better to take a day and only run once for a week then to be down for a few days because I push myself to hard. In not a smart way. <BR> <BR> Day 54 I went to zumba tonight the class was shortened by 15 minutes however I think that was best for me since I was still not feeling 100% today. <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:27:18 EST 5K Training ~ Day 52 A good morning of training in the gym today. I had a good 40 minutes on the Arc (kind of like an elliptical) my legs felt like jello when I stepped off! I increased my incline and intensity. Then I did the 30 minute circuit for strength training. I also add the two thigh machines that work the inner and outer thigh. Finished with a good stretch. <BR> <BR> Came and walked the dog to finish up my training for the day. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:41:36 EST 5K Training ~ Day 51 Day 51 and I walked my beautiful dog and took a zumba class for an hour and 20 minutes total cardio for today. <BR> <BR> Stronger every day! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:19:07 EST 5K Training ~ Day 50! Wow 50 days is a long time. I am very proud of myself for sticking with my training and I am not doing it with a buddy. <BR> <BR> Today I ran a 25/1 plus 5 minutes. I had a 5 minute warm up and cool down. My total distance was 2.75. I was determined to make the first 25 minutes with out stopping and then my daughter came into my room complaining about my son. A quick fix but still a little bit of a disappointment. I am surprised by how easy the last 5 minute run feels after walking for... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:47:37 EST 5K Training ~ Day 49 Today is a rest day. I don't feel as sore as I did the first week and a half that I started at the gym. I don't know if that is just my body getting in better condition or maybe I am not using heavy enough weights. I do feel the muscle fatigue when I am doing my reps so I will go with I am getting in better condition. I know that I do need a rest day each however. So far I am not sure if I will even be able to take the dog for a walk it is rainy and foggy. He really does not like going... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:12:12 EST 5K Training ~ Day 48 Today I did some cardio at the gym the elliptical for 40 minutes and about 2 miles I would have done an hour if I could have gotten there a little earlier. Then I did my strength training and I stretched. Once I got home I took my beautiful dog for his walk that took about 20 minutes and is a little over a mile. <BR> <BR> Not a bad start to my day! <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:48:26 EST 5K Training ~ Day 46 & 47 So Day 46 I ran a 24/1 + 5 minutes. I am happy with how I did. I put an incline back on my treadmill and I ran at a good pace of 4.6 mph after a 5 minute warm up. and I did a 5 minute cool down after the 5 minute run and I reached a total of about 2.62 miles. I was comfortable while I was running however I could tell I was getting a work out too. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is Day 47 and I did zumba for my training the class was good. I did not feel as wiped out as I did on Monday night which... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:52:59 EST 5K Training ~ Day 45 It is hard to believe that I have reached Day 45 already since I started training to run again. I know it has helped me. <BR> <BR> Today I went to the gym and did 40 minutes on an Arc machine for cardio and I did my strength training. Then I took my beautiful puppy for walk which is another 20 minutes when I got home from the gym with my husband. So I did a total hour of cardio today. <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:08:02 EST 5K Training ~ Day 44 Today is day 44 and I did an hour of zumba today. I have not had a zumba class since before Christmas and I really did not think that it would be as hard as it was. After all I had been running and I joined the gym and I had gone a several times. <BR> <BR> I can tell it had been a while. I guess that shows you how different each activity really is. <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:31:55 EST 5K Training ~ Days 41, 42 & 43 Life has been pretty busy and I am surprised that I have not been on to sparkpeople for 3 days. I have also learned and realized that I have to adjust my training since I joined a gym. If I want to get in my strength training at the gym and my running as well as still going to zumba. <BR> <BR> So for Day 41 I went to the gym and did 30 minutes of cardio to warm up and some strength training. I feel that I took it easy on myself weight wise. I did not feel it as much the day after. Not th... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:19:49 EST 5K Training ~ Day 40 So today I made a rest day. I feel guilty that I did. I could say I had a lot to do and I did have a lot to do. Actually I am not even done yet. I am typing this while my daughter finishes her karate class. Then I need to still make dinner, do the dishes and go to the pto meeting tonight. However realistically I could have gotten off my bottom a little earlier today and checked what I should have done which was not bad. <BR> <BR> I should not beat myself up to much since I did do well ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:01:07 EST 5K Training ~ Day 39 So for today I did strength training. I am really happy that I got a gym membership! I also went on the elliptical for 30 minutes before I did my strength training. I reached about 2 miles on the elliptical. Then when I came home from the gym I took my beautiful dog for about a mile walk. I think it only felt brisk because of the chilly air. <BR> <BR> Another good day of training and getting stronger! <BR> <BR> <em>85</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 15:57:38 EST 5K Training ~ Day 36, 37 & 38 I was a little shocked to see that I have to write about three days of training at once. I didn't even realize that I had not been on to write anything. As I think about it with the holiday's we had so many places to go that it really shouldn't shock me. So here we go. <BR> <BR> Day 36 was Sunday and I planned a rest day however it snowed and the snowblower would not start so my son and I shoveled by hand. I guess you can call the cross training. <BR> <BR> Day 37 was Monday and I went t... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:58:53 EST 5K Training ~ Day 35 Today I went back and fourth thinking to just add an extra rest day this week and rest today since I had a lot to do. I did not I sucked it up and still did my running. It made us a little late to my family christmas party however it was worth it. <BR> <BR> Today I ran 16/1 plus a 10 minute run. I did just shy of 2 1/2 miles. So with the dogs walk this morning I really did about 3 1/3 miles. Over all a good training day. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow would have been a rest day only with the snow ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:10:56 EST 5K Training ~ Day 33 & 34 So day 33 ended up being a 30 minutes of some kind of cardio day. I have joined a gym and went for my first appointment with one of the trainers and he helped me and another new member learn about all the cardio machines. I am going to love the choices! <BR> <BR> Day 34 today I went for my first time of learning about strength training and I went through a 30 minute strength routine after that. I know this will help me so much and I am so happy that I joined. <BR> <BR> So tomorrow I will... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:16:25 EST 5K Training ~ Day 31 & 32 Day 31 (Christmas Day) was a rest day other then taking the dog for a walk. <BR> <BR> Day 32 I have to say I am proud of myself. I did not train early since I was going to go and join a gym only I didn't end up going until about 3 in the afternoon. So by the time my husband and I came home I to make dinner. Then I felt wiped out (I think that the holiday didn't help)so I had to talk myself into moving and getting my training in. <BR> <BR> I DID IT! Today I did 15/1 + 12 minute run. I... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 22:36:44 EST 5K Training ~ Day 30!! Day 30!!!! I can't believe that I have been training for 30 days. Today I got back on track with my training program and I ran 14/1's x 2. I did well I kept my speed at 4.5 mph. I think if I speed up just a little that maybe my legs might feel a little better. I am concerned that if speed up that I won't be able to make it to the end of my running time. <BR> <BR> I did end up with a total of 2.5 miles. Not bad. <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 22:31:10 EST 5K Training ~ Day 29! I can't believe that tomorrow is going to be day 30 of my training for a 5K. I can tell that I can go longer which is great. <BR> <BR> Today for training was to take a 30 minute walk. I ended up having to cut it short. I still got a walk in however which is great. I am looking forward to a good work out tomorrow since it is Christmas Eve and I know I will make Christmas a rest day and eat and drink treats. <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 22:42:47 EST 5K Training ~ Day 27 & 28 So Friday I took a complete rest day for day 27 . It was rainy so I did not even take the dog for a walk. I really needed that my legs were achy between the running and the zumba. They felt much better on Saturday when I did run for day 28. What I did for a run was just a mile straight. Well that was my plan I did have to stop for a short time twice. I was working on getting ready for Christmas so I did not have my computer on to look up what I should have done. So I made up my own tra... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 01:40:16 EST 5K Training ~ Day 25 & 26 So Day 25 was a rest day I took my dog for a short walk. <BR> <BR> Day 26 was a cross training day and I went to Zumbatoning. I am glad I did go instead of staying home to get things done. I have a lot to do before Christmas and once I came home I can feel a little more stress again about everything I need to do. I will get a good night sleep tonight and start tomorrow fresh with my training and start working on everything I need to do. <BR> <BR> It is what it is so I will deal with it. ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:14:21 EST 5K Training ~ Day 24 So today I did my training I ran 12/1’s x 2. I again kept my speed at 4.5 and with a short amount of time I cut my warm up and cool down time down. So I made just a little bit over 2 miles today. I did well and I was able to get through both sets of 12 minutes. <BR> <BR> I am proud of myself for the fact that I did my training and finished. I am feeling even more that I am not to worried about my speed right now. I will work on my speed after I finish my 5 weeks of training. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:45:46 EST 5K Training ~ Day 23 Well today was a cross training day. I went to my zumbatoning class tonight. I felt that the class was a little slower paced then normal. That was ok with me since I was tired today anyway. I had to talk myself into going tonight. I am happy that I did go. We were talking after class and I found out that next week there will be no classes. So I will have one more class on Thursday night and then I won’t go until the second week of January. <BR> <BR> That is ok I will have to take time ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:06:39 EST 5K Training ~ Day 21 & 22! Well yesterday Day was a rest day. And I did get a full rest; I did not even walk the dog. Only because I ran out of day and was not able to. I did need the rest though. <BR> <BR> Today Day was running 11/1’s x 3. I also walked my dog on a small walk this morning before church. Then after lunch and as short rest I was able to get myself motivated to train today. I kept my speed a 4 ½ mph I felt that was best since it was late in the day when I did my training. I don’t have as much ene... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:34:01 EST 5K Training ~ Day 2o I am a little shocked that I have already reached day 20 of my training! <BR> <BR> Today for my training was 10/1’s x 3. I have to say my mind won and I slowed my speed down to 4.5 mph. I did reach 2.63 miles. I was worried that after zumbatoning last night I would not have been able to run for 10 minutes straight at 5 mph. I never took a complete rest day this week so my body was getting tired. <BR> <BR> I did make it through at the slower speed and I was comfortable. I could feel my ... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:48:28 EST 5K Training ~ Day 19 So today I did cross training. I maybe should have had a rest day; however I really wanted to go to zumbatoning. I know it will help me get healthier. So as long as I can do my running tomorrow I will be great. Then I will have a complete rest day on Saturday. I am sure I should be resting a little more then I am. I just want to actually see myself improve and change also. I want to take off pounds or inches. Plus with the holiday's right around the corner it's better to be active so ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:08:54 EST 5K Training ~ Day 18 I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Today my training was to run 9/1’s and I had to do that 3 times. I kept a shorter warm up time and I said to myself well if I only have to run it 3 times why just try at the first running (jogging) speed. So I jumped myself up to 5 mph. I know it is not really fast but for me it is fast for such an extended period of time. <BR> <BR> So the first 9 minute run was not bad and I figured well this is easier then I thought. The second 9 minutes I got tired but... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:23:58 EST 5K Training ~ Day 17 So today’s training was either a rest or a 30 minute walk. I took a 30 minute walk with my beautiful dog. We ended up going a little over the 30 minutes. It was a choice between turn earlier and maybe fall short of 30 minutes or keep going and go over. So I choose to go over. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will start out at a faster pace for my run times which is bumping up to 9 minutes. It is time to stop being afraid! <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:47:33 EST 5K Training ~ Day 16 Today was cross training and I went to Zumbatoning. It was a pretty basic day for training. So not to much news to share today. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:43:41 EST 5K Training ~ Day 15 Today was the first day of the 3rd week in my training. I moved up to 8/1’s for 4 times. Yet I still have not moved past 2 ½ miles. The reason why is that I keep lowering my running speed each time I have to add another minute to my running time. <BR> <BR> I went through my training asking myself why. Why do I think I can not add a minute to my running time that I am actually jogging so it is not like I was running to fast to begin with? So the only answer that I could find that seemed ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 19:51:21 EST 5K Training ~ Day 13 & 14 Yesterday Day 13 was a rest day. I didn’t even get to walk my sweet dog. It was rainy and cold so I just took a complete rest day. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Today Day 14 was a cross training day. I chose to do some yoga. I have been feeling a little stiffness and uncomfortable so I felt that would help me. I think it has so far tomorrow I am back to running for my training. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 22:22:46 EST 5K Training ~ Day 12 Today for my training I ran my last set of 7/1’s. I was able to run this morning around 8:30 on my treadmill. I can see a big difference in the energy I have in the morning compared to the afternoon or evening. <BR> <BR> So I was a little shy of 2 ½ miles because I cut my cool down short. I did pump my speed on my last 7 minute run up to 5 mph’s. I felt since I had more energy that I could challenge myself. Of course then there is the voice in your mind telling you that you can’t make t... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 17:23:08 EST 5K Training ~ Day 11 For today I did a 30 minute walk instead of a rest day. I took my dog for a long walk that he loved since he didn’t get one yesterday since it was drizzly and cold out. <BR> <BR> I feel as if now that I am doing more I am getting hungrier again. So I have to start to focus on eating the right foods to fuel my body for training yet still take off pounds or inches I hope. <BR> <BR> I need to do some reading to learn a little more about what foods will be good for me. So that is my new proj... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 17:36:24 EST 5K Training ~ Day 10 So I hit my treadmill this afternoon for my 7/1’s. I did slow my speed down a little. I really wanted to be able to run for the whole 7 minutes all 4 times. I did it!! All together I made it 2.52 miles in 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> I am happy to be back on track with my training. <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:38:20 EST 5K Training ~ Day 8 & 9 My training for my second week of training I am going to be moving everything around. <BR> <BR> Day 8 turned into a rest day. My weekend was crazy with my daughters drama club show. I hoped I would be able to get myself up early Sunday before we had to get to her school and run. Only after being out so late on Saturday I just couldn’t. <BR> <BR> Today is Day 9 and I had Zumbatoning class so I could not and would not change today’s training. It stayed a cross training or strength traini... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:37:29 EST 5K Training ~ Day 6 & 7 So yesterday was a very busy day with my daughter’s drama troupe starting their fall production. So today will be a combo of day 6 & 7. <BR> <BR> Yesterday on Day 6 for my training I ran 6/1’s x 5. My total distance was 2.64 miles in 40 minutes. I did a shorter warm up of only 3 minutes and cool down of 4 minutes. I had a lot of energy and I found it easier then the last training day that I did in the evening. The morning is much better for me. Although I would like to get myself to a ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 08:49:41 EST 5K Training ~ Day 5! Today I made a cross training day I went to Zumbatoning. It was a toss up between making it a rest day or a cross training day. I seem to be fighting off a cold so I am never sure if it is better to work out or not. So I chose to work out. <BR> <BR> It was a bit of a struggle again tonight, however I know that there will be a point when the training is easier and I am not struggling to make myself fit my training in. So I keep talking myself into getting my training in. <BR> <BR> <e... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:40:10 EST 5K Training ~ Day 4 I almost didn’t get my training in and I struggled a little. I had a lot to do today and thought I would get to do my training this afternoon, only I didn’t get to. I came really close to just saying I would just do it tomorrow, however that really is not a good thing when you are only in the first week of a five week program. So I laced up my sneakers and I did train at about 7-7:15 p.m. <BR> <BR> I went for 40 minutes and just was just shy of 2 ½ miles. I ran 5/1’s for 5 times again t... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:09:30 EST 5K Training ~ Day 3 Day 3 of my 5K training. <BR> <BR> There is not much to say since today was a rest day. I feel really good and I am looking forward to running again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>315</em> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:18:19 EST 5K Training ~ Day 2 I have reached the end of day 2 of my training. Today was a cross training day so I went to Zumbatoning. I realized that when I was getting ready for Zumbatoning that I could feel the work I did yesterday in my thighs. I have to say this brought a smile to my face and it makes me happy that tomorrow is a rest day. <BR> <BR> I shared my goal with my Zumba instructor and class mates. So now I will have an extra push from her and my own personal cheerleaders. <BR> <BR> Even on my rest days... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:58:58 EST 5K Training ~ Day 1 I had a feeling that I should write about my 5K Training. Two years ago I trained to run a 5K and I did well. Then I did the Virtual 5K challenge here on Spark and that was great. Since then I have not been doing well on my journey and it is time to turn that around! <BR> <BR> This coming March I will be 40. My two older sisters and I that are full sisters have watched our Mom struggle with her health since we were children. She had her first of MANY heart attacks in her 30's and this p... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:59:34 EST