10K Number 2. Done.

Meal plans will be back next week.  If you make it to the end of the post you will see they are desperately needed…but in the meantime here’s exciting racing news 😀

I completed my second 10K on Sunday.  Shin splints kicked in right at the beginning and I honestly didn’t think I would finish.

I was alone.

I didn’t have anyone to push me so I had to count on myself.

As cheesy as it may sound, I had to dig real deep and decide that I wasn’t going to quit.  I had to think back to words of encouragement from my friends and family.   Part of me became self-conscious because I knew I was close to last place but the other part of me chimed in with a reminder “You’re faster than everyone sitting at home right now”  It was that part of me that pushed me forward, that part of me that decided even if I hobbled in last I was going to finish.

I did finish and I wasn’t last.  I beat 7 other people so I’ve got some room to improve.  I did set a new PR….Seeing my min/mi time below 17:00 was awesome!  I shaved 3:00 off my last 10K, which doesn’t sound like much but it’s a big deal.

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I was excited to add another medal to my growing collection and can’t wait to add more.  I’m going to have to start using the other end of the bookcase or find an alternative display.

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I have 3 more 5K’s planned this summer plus an 8 mile run in August.  I find it so hard to believe this all started from finding someone else who said, “Yes, a 5K sounds like fun”  It stemmed from not just saying, “Let’s do it” to actually registering and going.  I’ve now completed 6-5K’s and 2-10K’s.  My goal is to do at least one more 10K this year, maybe October.

The BIG, ULTIMATE goal, and I put that in all caps because it’s a BIG deal…..is the Disney World Half Marathon.

I registered today.  It’s going to happen.  Nothing like spending more than you ever thought you would spend on a race to get you motivated.

Thank you to my brother to taking my idea for a goal and saying, “Here’s the one we should do” and helping to make it a reality.

I’m nervous because you have to be at the minimum at a 16:00 mile pace but I keep reminding myself that I’m not far from that…but I tend to hover around 17:00-18:00 if I’m not really pushing…but I used to be at about 20:00 so I’m constantly improving.

Also, I have 8 months to train.

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I’m trying to walk 4-5 miles at least 3-4 times a week.  Tomorrow will be my first day trying to go to the gym in the early hours for a quick weight training session…ugh.  I hate mornings.

Nutrition needs to get back on track.  Late nights out walking, plus no meal plans leaves me grabbing take out, or like tonight realizing it’s after 7PM and all I’ve eaten for dinner is half a bag of chips and a handful of chocolate eggs….not exactly the meal of someone trying to improve their running times…but I’ll do better tomorrow!  I did good all day but let myself stress eat a little bit tonight 😦

Hope everyone is having a great week!  It’s going to be a busy few weeks but I’ll do my best to check in for a quick post and will definitely be writing meal plans on Sunday that do not include chocolate eggs 😉

Run, Daisy, Run

Thoughts I have about running:

“I can’t be a runner”
“My body is not designed for running”
“I’m so slow”
“I look ridiculous”
“I’m a walker, not a runner”
“It’s too hard”
“People are staring at me”
“I can’t be a runner”

I’m trying to change some of those thoughts, especially the first and last one but it’s a challenge.

When I run, like really run, even it’s only for 30 seconds or a minute it feels good and I like it.  I understand why people do it, even though my shins hurt, my feet begin to ache, and my legs feel like they’re going to give out.

That feeling (the good feeling, not the aching legs) is why I keep trying.

Earlier this week I picked up the pace to under a 15:00 mile for almost a minute.  It was a big deal for me because it reminded me that I can be a runner.  I can do this thing that scares me.

Next weekend I’m participating in my second 10K, and the first race on my own.

I’m nervous.  I’m worried I might not have the same level of motivation on my own but there’s also a part of me thinking I might be more motivated on my own.

I worry I haven’t been training like I should be but after this week I’m feeling more confident in my ability to get a good time.  My last few races my pace is about 17 minutes per mile but yesterday I did a mile in 16:50, not much time shaved off but it’s improvement.

As the weather has improved I’m taking my training outside.  17457717_1460875100619088_3325480398413183834_n.jpgI’m back to my old/new favorite walking spot by the waterfront.  I walked there some last year but I’ve expanded my route.

Yesterday I downloaded Map My Run to help me map out some routes with distances.  The route I did yesterday was 3.5 miles so I think that’s going to become one of my regular routes.  It’s flat, scenic, not crowded (although we’ll see how it is in the summer), and I feel safe walking it alone.

I don’t mind the treadmill but I think I need to walk outside more often because my races are outside.  I’m trying to make my workouts more like race day.  Also, my gym is closed all of next week for a remodel so I’m being forced into the outdoors.

My plan for the week is:

Sunday:  Do a trial run for next weekend, a 10K, 6.2 miles.
Monday 4.0 miles.
Tuesday Rest Day.
Wednesday 3.5 miles.
Thursday 5.0 miles.
Friday 3.5 Miles.
Saturday Rest Day, maybe a couple miles…just see how the day goes but not total sloth mode.
Sunday is the day!!

I typically do about 13 miles a week so I’m just adding in a few extra miles this week.  Also, I’ll be stretching, and icing, and stretching and icing, then icing some more in an attempt to ward off shin splints 😦  Evil, evil shin splints.  59516639It’s been a slow process but my goal is to do a half marathon next year.  One of my coworkers thinks we’ll be doing a full marathon by the end of next year but right now that feels like a stretch, although nothing is impossible 🙂

I’ll have meal plans coming up tomorrow or Monday at the latest.  Also, I’ll be making some changes to my gym schedule and working out with a friend….so we’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime I’m going to go sit and watch some basketball.  Go Zags!  927657aea6b78791d14e259712fd4b3d

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My First 10K

Leading up to the event this weekend I was questioning my sanity.  I was thinking I wasn’t prepared, that I wouldn’t be able to finish, that I would be the last person to finish, basically I was talking myself out of it.

A couple days before I was even thinking of switching to the 5K because I know I can do a 5K with no problems.  Let’s just say I’m glad I pushed myself and went through with the 10K.  For those who don’t know, a 5K is 3.1 miles, 10K is 6.2 miles, half marathon is 13.1.

I’m doing another 10K in April but I don’t think I’m to the point where I’m ready for a half marathon yet…my brother might have been right that it requires some training.  I’ve been trying to increase my walking distances and speed but haven’t been doing any official training.

I finished in under 2 hours, 1:46:07, which was one of my primary goals.  Below is my friend Denise and I rocking our racing tutus (I made that tutu), hoodies, and light up medals after the race.

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My pace right now seems to be sitting around 17:00 per mile so my next goal is to shave 30 seconds off that time.

I think I’m getting close because my walking speed on the treadmill at the gym is going up as the feeling like I’m going to die from walking so fast goes down.  When I first started a 3.0 mph was my fast pace, now it’s around 3.7 mph, inching closer to that 4.0 mph goal.

I’m exceedingly proud of myself for completing it and can’t wait for the next one.  I love knowing the times because it gives me a goal for the next time, working on my next PR (now that I’m in the game I know that means personal record).  My next 10K I would like to be around 90 minutes but anything faster than my last time is improvement.

I’m completely hooked!

Actually, I knew I was hooked from my first medal and now I have races planned for almost every month this year, just looking for ones for July, September, November, and December.  Coming up are the fun ones, Bubble Run, Color Run, Margarita Madness, Comicon 5K….and I just realized December might be taking me back to my first race for the second year 🙂

That’s all I have for now.  I skipped meal plans this week so I’m eating horribly but I’m back on track tomorrow morning and will be making meal plans over the weekend for the next couple weeks.  I have a long holiday weekend so I’m hoping to catch up on stuff at home, which includes writing.

I wanted to say real quick I took on a One Change Challenge from Angela over at Keen Peach.  I love her idea of taking on one change for one week every month rather than trying to overhaul your entire life in one go.

My change was to start stretching every day and I’ve been pretty consistent with it, definitely a good change for me to add into my life right now.  The stretching seems to be helping reduce any soreness with all the miles I’m walking every week.  It’s more of a nightly habit but going into next week I’m going to be setting the alarm a few minutes earlier so I can stretch in the morning.

Have a great Wednesday night!  I’ll be back writing again soon!