Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Well the time has come in my training schedule, that I register to race my 1st 5K race since March 2004.....Lets see...thats 6 freaking years ago!! I looked online and saw that there was one about an 30 mins (or so I thought it was 30 mins. from my house)! I talked my husband into running it with me and we were off! I found out the night before that the race was ALL the way out in Dauphin Island, which is WAY out in WEST Mobile...about an hour from my house! Good thing the race started at 9 am, so we decided to leave the house at 7:15 am Saturday morning! My goal was to finish in 29 mins. My husband has not ran EVER, but is a true athlete and can pretty much do anything he puts his mind to with ease! I really had this big plan that I was going to have to encourage him throughout the race to keep up with me, so I was pretty PUMPED! He always beats me in everything, with little effort, so I was certain this was MY time to SHINE...lol We got there and checked in and got ready.....living on the coast, our temps usually do not get too cold, but for some ungodly reason the temp was about 46 degrees....thats well near FREEZING to us! Much to my surprise there was about 350 people down there! I was amazed at how may 50+ runners were down there....I was thinking I was in pretty good shape until I saw them...I can only hope I look that like in 25 years! We got all lined up and the cannon went off and we were OFF! I felt really good plus I had my best friend and biggest supporter (my wonderful husband) right by me! The scenery was beautiful, running a long the bay really made for a nice run! Unfortunately my plans of leaving my husband behind did not happen and he stayed with me the entire way and he LET me cross the finish line before him so that I "beat" him! My time was 31.15.....not what I had hoped for, but on the bright side, I did do my 10 min. a mile pace I was shooting for, so I was happy about that! After the race, they had a nice after party with hotdogs and beer! We enjoyed that before we headed home!!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Well now let me flash forward to where I am at right now...I am in week 8 of my 12 week training! To take a look back, this is what I have done so far to prepare...I started off by buying a new pair of running shoes! I went to a local store, McCoy's, and got fitted for a new pair of shoes, the people there were SOOOO helpful and they put me in the right shoes for my feet....a pair of Acis. The only problem was...I BEGGED, no pleaded for a IPod Touch for Christmas so that I could get the Nike+Sports kit to help me with my running...in order to use the kit, you were supposed to have Nike Shoes...but to my surprise someone has invented a little pouch to put on the outside of your shoe laces so that you can still wear the sensor that goes with the kit! I also download the C25k (couch to 5K) app for my ipod touch. The first few weeks of training (the 1st of December 2009) I started my running using that app. Although its a 8 week training program, I was able to complete it in about 4 weeks! It basically gets you to a point where you are able to run for 30-45 mins without stopping! I would say that app is a GREAT starting point for ANYONE interested in beginning to run...its very basic and VERY effective! The last week of December I decided I was ready to start the half marathon training program..well at least I thought I was! The 1st 2 weeks were brutal....I pretty much had my mind made up that I was going to give-up and stop after week 2....but I had already paid for my Disney Princess Half Marathon Registration ($150) and promised my kids a trip to Disney, so I told myself...I had to push through it! It was not until week 4 that I realized that if I was going to do this....MY MIND HAD TO BE STRONGER THAN MY BODY!!!! I took 4 days off of running and decided to make up some rules for myself...
- Rule 1- My MIND must be stronger than my BODY
- Rule 2- Don't Cheat on MYSELF
- Rule 3- Stay Focused and keep my eyes open
- Rule 4- Stay Positive...not everyday can be an "A" day
- Rule 5- Don't get discouraged
After my break and some retail therpy, I decided to go into week 5 with a new attitude and better appreciation for my accomplishments....6 months ago I could not even run to my mailbox...ha! So now I am at week 8 feeling better than I have felt in 10 years! I can run for 7 miles without stopping and keeping a pace of about 9 mins. a mile! Each week I am improving my speed and my distance. This saturday will be my 1st 5K race in 6 years...I'm a little nervous, but very excited to get that "running race" feel again! From here on out, I will post updates of my running progress!