I did it!

September 30, 2007

Man, am I glad to have that over with! The 5K was yesterday morning. It was a little chilly when we got there; between that and my nerves, I felt like I was hopping from foot to foot until we got started.

Here we are, waiting for the festivities to begin:

Once we all lined up to start, my nerves really kicked in:

Once we got going though, it wasn’t so bad. I did have to slow down several times. My dad kept his pace and literally ran circles around me so as not to leave me in the dust. The other runners thought that was pretty funny.

We came in at exactly the same time (see the other photos at Flickr for the finish line shots!) but for some reason the official stats have me coming in a minute and a half ahead of him. (They also have my number wrong, but whatever.)

I’m so glad my dad ran it with me — he’s a great motivator and I would have slacked off even more if he hadn’t been by my side. While we ran, Patrick and my mom stayed and waited until we came back around the corner. Then we showered up and went for a nice lunch at Java Mio.

I don’t know if I’ll be doing one of these again, but I’m glad I did this one!


Yes, I’m Still Doing the 5K

September 28, 2007

Tomorrow’s the big day! I don’t think I’ll be breaking any world records for speed, but I’m going to do it. And my dad is coming up to run it with me!

Last night on the season premiere of The Office, they all did a 5K “fun run.” It didn’t actually look all that “fun,” if you ask me, but what timing.

I’ll post photos as soon as I’m resuscitated …


C25K, Week 5

September 4, 2007

This week it gets crazy. Just look:

Day 1:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Day 2:

  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)

Day 3:

  • Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.

Yikes! That’s quite a leap. I did OK on Day 1 this morning, once I finally got myself out of bed. I don’t know about these other days though. I might have to start going out every morning instead of every other morning to keep up the pace.


C25K, Week Three

August 20, 2007

Yes, week three. I know it’s been about a month and a half, but I gave myself some do-overs on weeks one and two. (Apparently, I’m actually in need of a Coma to 5K program, which allows a slower start.)

Anyway, it’s a good thing I did. Because today was the first day of week three, and I did it all! Here’s how it broke down:

  • 5-minute warm-up walk
  • 90-second run
  • 90-second walk
  • 3-minute run
  • 3 minute walk
  • 90-second run
  • 90-second walk
  • 3-minute run
  • 5-minute cool-down walk

I was scared of those three-minute runs, but as each one started I just looked at my watch, counted up three minutes and chanted that number in my head as I ran. … 7:20:12 … 7:20:12 … 7:20:12 … I willed myself not to look at my watch until I was pretty sure that number was coming up. Each time I was just a few seconds away. Whew!

It helps that it’s nice and cool out this morning. I really should have started this whole thing in the fall. I had no idea what a difference 10 degrees could make on a morning run.


C25K, still going …

August 14, 2007

Today was so much better! I got very discouraged during last week’s heatwave, when I felt like I could hardly walk, let alone run. Today it was nice and cool out, with a little breeze, and I did all the running parts without skipping any.

I couldn’t run a 5K right now without some walking, but I’m definitely making progress!


C25K, Week Two, Day One

July 31, 2007

In week two, I’m supposed to do six 90-second runs, with two-minute walks in between.

I did the first two runs, skipped the next two and did the last two. Bleh.

I can’t wait until it cools off outside!


SparkPeople

July 29, 2007

I’ve gotten hooked on this Web site where you can log how many calories you’ve consumed and burned throughout the day. You can set goals for nutrition, fitness and motivation, and keep track of your progress.

And it’s free!

SparkPeople.com