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I Ran A 5K Yesterday

Here I am in the blue shirt finishing up the 5k.

Here I am in the blue shirt finishing up the 5k.  The time on the clock was the gun time, not my chip time.

I finished 64th out of 116.  There were 116 runners and walkers.  As usual I was the middle of the pack.  I finished with a chip time of 35:28.  It was a slow and painful run for me.  My best time is a 32:48.

How can I run 8 miles one week and it doesn’t hurt like running a 5k can a week later?

I pretty much have one speed.  Slow.  11:05 per mile isn’t too bad for me.  The sad thing is that my 5k pace is only 25 seconds faster than my half-marathon time.  How can I run for 13 miles at a certain pace (11:30) and then cut that mileage down by 75% and only improve my time by 4%?

Anyway, I was reminding my friend running next to me that the reasons that we run are for fun, for health,  and for exercise.  We don’t really run for time.

But it sure would be nice to turn on the gas once in a while!

Training For A Half-Marathon

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We are upping our mileage in preparation for an upcoming half-marathon. I typically run 3 miles twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Then we do a longer run on Saturdays if we are training for a specific race. Last Saturday we ran 6 miles. I ran 5 miles before I left for the cruise. Then I was gone for a week and when I returned L, the baby, was sick with a cough and runny nose. I couldn’t put her in child-watch at our local YMCA until she was better so I just pushed her in the stroller around the track. I walked the 3 miles both days instead of running. I missed running for nearly 2 weeks. I wasn’t sure how Saturday’s run would go, but I sure was excited to get out there and run!

I used an app called Runtastic. It is a new download for me. I tried it on Saturday for the first time. I love it so far. It keeps track as you run and calls out each mile. Anyway we ran 6 miles in 1:14:51. That is a 12:27 pace. My race pace is 11:30.

If you remember, I did my first race (post L’s birth), in November when she was almost 1-year-old. It was a 5k and my time was 1 minute slower than my best time ever!

I was super encouraged that I kept a 1 minute slower pace than my race pace (for a half-marathon) for 6 miles. It was a fairly hilly run too. And as an added bonus, it felt sooo good to be out there running!

I am registered for a half-marathon on May 3. One of my goals this year is to run a half-marathon. I am ready for some warmer weather and lots of running!

How about you, do you have fitness goals for this year? Are you accomplishing them?

Ann

Back Squats- A New Maximum

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We have been doing a lot of back squats in CrossFit.  My old best was 125# for 5 reps.  I have been working hard at the workouts and my new maximum for 5 reps is 145#.  Woo Hoo!  It is hard to up your max.

I find that it takes quite a few sessions to feel like I am getting any better at all, but then all of a sudden, I am better.  I guess it as they say, practice makes perfect.

We have been running more as the new year is moving forward and between that and CrossFit, I am feeling really good.  I love getting out there and getting my blood pumping and pushing myself to do things that are hard.

Now, let’s get something straight, I’m not totally into working out with no other things going on in my life.  I want to workout and then do the other stuff.  One 1 hour workout is all I want 5 days a week.  That leaves me time to rest and recover and do other things that I like.

How about you?  Do you workout?  Do you feel better when you workout?  Do you feel healthier when you workout?

Fitness Update

I have been slowly returning to my pre-pregnancy fitness level.  From 6 weeks post-partum I have been walking about 3 miles twice a week.  Slowly I upped the days from 2 to 3.  It felt great to be doing something physical again after 7 months of inactivity.

In February I started CrossFit twice a week.  This is in addition to the walking.  So, some swort of physical activity 5 times per week.  I kept walking while my body was slowly adjusting to the intense CrossFit workouts.

Cross Fit.  I haven't jumped rope in YEARS!

CrossFit. I haven’t jumped rope in YEARS!

I have started running about once per week for the last couple of weeks.  I have been doing intervals of 3:1.  Three minutes of running and one minute of walking.  At first, it was pretty hard, but with each workout I am getting better.

My friend is preparing for a half-marathon, so I am upping my mileage as she does.  I was able to do 6 miles this week!  I am siked up!  I easily transitioned from three up to six.  It must be the CrossFit workouts that are helping.

I love that I am able to get back into my routine of working out, even with having the baby.  She is a good sleeper in the mornings, so I am able to keep her with me and still get my workouts done.  I am so thankful for that!

Working out is one thing that I do just for me.  I do a lot for others, especially my children.  Working out helps me reduce my stress, and feel better about myself.

Do you exercise?  Do you enjoy it?

Ann

Fitness In 2013

My running group met this morning to talk about our fitness goals for this year.  Each of us wants to maintain or better the shape that we are in…me included.

One of my goals is to be able to run a 5k without stopping by the end of the year.  Considering I just had a baby 6 weeks ago, I think that is a pretty good goal.  I used to be able to do that, no problem, but with no exercise since the end of May, I am really in need of improving my fitness level.

I am planning on doing a group training session 2x per week with some of the running girls.  Also, I am planning to walk 2x per week with a different couple of girls in the group.  I have to do something that keeps the baby out of the Y’s daycare as I don’t want her to get sick from being around all of the other children.  Our Y has a stroller that we can use around the track.  Right now I carry her in a sling or if there isn’t anyone else on the track, leave her sleep in her car seat while we watch her as we go around the track.  There is clear plexiglass, so I can see her at all times.

I still have 13 pounds to lose from this pregnancy.  I have done pretty well so far, but the holiday treats have really stalled my progress.

It is nice that it is the beginning of the year and I will be able to track my progress to hold myself accountable.

With this plan, I will get 4-5 days a week of strength training and aerobic conditioning.  Hopefully by the time the weather gets warmer, I will be able to get outside with the jogging stroller that my running friends gifted to me.  My goal is to start jogging when we are able to get outside.  I think that would be April at the earliest.  That gives me January, February, and March to get into better shape aerobically and strength wise before even attempting to run anywhere.

What are your fitness goals for 2013?

Big Race This Weekend

The group that did the 10 race on Saturday morning!

I had a big race this weekend.  I was planning on running the half-marathon, but for reasons, that I will disclose at a later time, I decided to walk the 10k race instead.  It was a GREAT time.  I walked 6.2 miles in 1:31:04.  I was pretty impressed with myself.  It was an average pace of 14:31 per mile.

I have never really thought of myself as a runner even though I have been running for 2 years now.  Walking that race killed me.  I really wanted to run!  Amazing to me.  The hardest part of all was walking across the finish line.  I so wanted to run it in!

My running friends and I had a great time.  Races are so much fun.  It is amazing that so many people get together to support a race or special event.

Half of our running group did the 10k on Saturday morning and half did the half-marathon on Sunday morning.

Most of our running group at the expo for the packet pickup. What a fun day!

Up bright and early for the race. We met at 6:15 and took a few pictures.

We met at 6:15 and took a few pictures.  Then we had a 30 min ride to downtown.  Somehow we picked the perfect parking garage and went up to street level and we were right at the starting line.  We couldn’t believe how fortunate we were to park there.  Dumb luck, I guess.

After the race, there were apples, oranges, bananas, dried fruit, fruit cups and chips.  They treated us well.  We stayed to watch the beginning of the 5k and then headed out to breakfast at Perkins.  I got french toast

with strawberries.  It looked a lot like this only better.  They were delicious!

I think I ate more calories than I burned off!  It was such fun to get together with everyone and have a fun morning!

5k Today

Our school held a 5k race as a fundraiser.  I was glad to participate.  The course was a little off, my Garmin said 3.21.  It was put on by non-runners which is why I think they weren’t too specific about the mileage.  I would have liked it to be accurate, but it is their first year and it was a fundraiser.  My time was 36.19, which isn’t my best, but I’m ok with it.  It’s not like I was going to win my age category or anything 🙂  It was fun to be out there supporting our school.  My pace was 11:19.  My fastest 5k was a 10:32 pace.  definitely not my best, but I’m ok with that.

After the 5k they had 2 kid fun-runs.  A 1 mile run for the older kids and a half-mile run for the little ones.  My 10-year-old did the mile, and my 7 and 5 year olds did the half-mile.  It was a lot of fun for them.  All of the kids got medals, which was nice.  I think that makes them want to get back out there and try again.  They have been wearing them proudly all day.

My three little runners! My daughter is showing off her medal!

I Quit My Trainer

I started working out when my youngest child turned three.  I was 42 years old, in bad shape, not sleeping well, and in bad spirits because of these factors.

A guy from school is a trainer.  He loves all things athletic, especially biking.  He invitied me to come on a run.  I did.  I made it about 50 ft. before I thought I would die.  In order to impress him, I kept going.  We did 4:1, which is when you run 4 min., then walk 1 min. repeat over and over until you cover your desired mileage.  That first day we did about 2 miles.  It was the longest 2 miles of my life.  No Joke!  I was proud of myself for keeping going as best as I could.  I kept at it and eventually I was doing regular workouts.

I kept training.  A few moms joined us on our journey.  We would do a longer run on the weekend and workout on our own during the week.  Then some moms would hook up for an occasional  workout during the week.  We now have about 12 in our group.  We can usually hook up for a workout with someone who wants to work out at the same time and do the same activity.

Our trainer gives us the workouts for us to do.  We were doing them religiously in the beginning, then slowly over time we did some of his workouts, some of our own etc. based on how tired we were, what our next race was etc.  We also met with them once a week for speed workouts.  The problem is that I don’t really care about speed.  I am happy to be working out regularly.  I know I am slow and I am ok with that.  We were meeting really early in the morning once a week.  I couldn’t sleep the night before because I was afraid I would over sleep.  I was dragging all day and couldn’t wait to get to bed.  It took a couple of days to recover.  After 2 years of this, I realized that I can do the job myself.

I am working out regularly.  I am able to work out when my kids are in school.  I have no real reason to get up that early.  It was giving me more stress than I needed.  It was hard to come to this decision, but I think at some time, I have to be responsible for my own journey.  My time is now.

The ball is in my court.  I will  have to be responsible for my fitness.  I think I can do this and I will!!

Do you have a trainier?  Do you think a trainer is necessary?  I would love to hear about what you do to stay in shape!

Long Run Today

I am in a running group with a bunch of moms at our school.  We all have kids at our school, but the kids and our ages vary.  The moms are between 32 and 52.  We always do long runs together.  We also meet our trainer on Tuesday mornings at 5 am for an hour workout with her.  It is always a killer workout.  We wouldn’t push ourselves like our trainer does.  I think it helps us with our mental toughness.  Some of us need help in that area.  Ahem.

We did our long run this morning for the week.  I am currently training for a half-marathon.  We ran 6 miles this morning.  It was windy!  All of the wind from the storms yesterday is still lingering.  Some weeks are easier than others.  Today my legs were tired.  That makes a long run harder to do.  Each mile feels longer.  My pace was a 12:45 per mile with at total time of 1:17 minutes for a little over 6 miles.

My first half-marathon was a time of 2:30 was on a flat course (my pace was 11:30 average mile), my 2nd half-marathon was on much more hilly course and I finished in 2:32 (average pace was 11:45 per mile).  I was happy with both of those races.

This spring I am doing the same race as the second half-marathon, so of course I would like to beat my time. I was about 1 min. off of my race pace today.  I think that is pretty good.  I always get revved up for a race.  I love seeing all of the runners, the entertainment, and the feeling of excitement in the air.  I think I am on track for a good race.  We shall see.  Did you run today?  Are you entering any races?  I’d love to hear about your goals this year!

So Busy

I’ve been kind of sporadic in my posts this week.  I have had a lot going on here recently.

I have been taking my MIL to Pulmonary Rehab on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  She is 82 and we don’t want her driving on the interstate.  We have been going for 6 weeks now.  Three more weeks and then she will be on to phase 3 which is partially on her own. I wanted to take her for the entire lenghth of the rehab as she is really weak, hates exercise, and will manipulate to get off easy on the exercises.

We are looking into elderly services to get her there and back for the Phase 3 part.  I think it would be $1 per trip each way.  So for $2 on Tuesday and Thursday or $4 per week, I would save gas money (I have a 12 passenger van), 6 hours of my time, and she will gain independence, and hopefully the realization that exercise has to be a part of her life from now on.  The same people who are with her doing the therapy will be overseeing her exercise.

I will keep tabs on her, but not be running around so much.  I run around quite a bit with 6 kids.  Doctors, dentists, orthodontists, etc, it is exhausting.

I am also trying to prepare for a half-marathon in the beginning of May.  I must exercise 5-6 days a week if I want to do well.  I am trying to beat my time last year which was at 2:32:00.

My daughter is in Pre-K so I am getting her M,W, and F in the middle of the school day.  She is in ballet on Thursday morning.

Add in laundry, cooking, cleaning, food shopping etc.  I am a little overwhelmed.  I hope it eases up soon!

My oldest had his last orthodontist meeting on Thursday.

Last picture with braces!

They asked if we could come in on Friday to get his braces off…he was so excited…me not so much.  Another appt. this week!  Well, at least we don’t have to go again for another month to get his permanent retainer.  Our Orthodontist is great.  He had several baskets of “stuff” that they weren’t allowed to have while in braces like gummy bears, fruit snacks, gobstoppers, gum etc. and they each got a bag to take with them.  Of course they also had toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.

Our Orthodontist and my son J getting a last picture together

My daughter has a Pediatrician appointment on Monday.  Then rehab with MIL Tuesday and Thursday…next week insn’t looking any better.