Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sometimes a struggle is a good thing

Struggling makes us grow and learn; hell, if everything was as easy as pie, it'd be boring and we'd lose interest in things. I committed to a 10K on October 2 and so begins my training. I found an 8-week training plan, but until I decided for sure that I was going to run it, I'm down to 7 weeks (it's kinda hard to believe that October is only 7 weeks away, huh?). So I jumped into 'Week 2' training and so far I've run 3 days in a row this week (I've been on the every-other-day-plan for quite a while).

Today's run was a 3.5 miler - something I should be able to do quite easily, it's only adding .4 miles onto my typical run. But for some reason I struggled during the run. I just kept telling myself that this struggling-thing is probably good for me, that it means that I'm gaining strength and endurance and that this time next week, I'll be running 4 miles.

I've been learning that running, for me, is much more mental than physical. I can run further and better when I reason my way through things, like I did today.

Tomorrow is a rest day, but for the most part, I'll be running at least 5 days a week from now until Oct. 2.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Great Race!

Holy Moly - I set a personal best today, not just for races, but in all of my running training, practice runs, and races - my time today in the Portage Summerfest 5k was 26:38 - no, there's no typo there. My goal was to run it in  btw 28:00-28:20 and I thought in the back of my mind, "Wouldn't it be cool if I got even 1 second under 28:00!" But seriously, I thought my watch was wrong when I crossed the finish line. I ended up placing first in the DD category (Female, ages 30-34).

Today was also a big deal because one of my best friends, Kerri completed her 1st 5K race in her home town. She had a personal best today finishing in 31:41 and scoring herself a 3rd place finish in the EE category (Female, ages 35-39). A big congrats to her!

Kerri and I before the race started.

We're off (We are in there somewhere, I promise).

It was so great to see my guys along the course and here I was a little happy knowing that there was less than 1 mile to go.

Last spring of the race - look at my focus. Holy man.

My gang! Check out my trophy. Jackson was pretty proud of that. He said to me (I hope I remember this quote forever), "Mom, you need to sit down, look at that trophy, and realize what you just did!"

Lucky #73

The next question is, how in the world do I ever prepare to beat my new PR (personal record)?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day of Rest

Tomorrow is a DOR (day of rest) for me since I'll be running a race Saturday morn. I kinda have some goals for Saturday's race, but I never ran the course, so we'll see about the time goal:
#1 - Finish somewhere in the 28:00-28:20 range - that would be a PR (personal record) for me. I figure I'm not really to the point where I can compete against others in races yet, so I compete against myself and if I aim to set PRs @ each race, I will eventually get to the point where I can compete against others (maybe).
#2 (this one is a 'for-sure') - celebrate with my buddy, Kerri, on the completion of her first 5K race - hopefully completing her first race will be as inspirational to her as it was to me. I am so excited for her.
#3 - have a blast and try not to get so nervous - my first 3 races just about sent my level of nervousness through the roof. I am hoping to keep myself calm and focused and channel all that energy into my legs.

Next post will be photos of the race and details! In the meantime, check out the new WIDGET I created on the right hand side that counts down to the race :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Milestone(s)

Not every run is a good run, but there are those runs that are really GREAT runs - like the one I had on Thursday. Although I ran on the treadmill and didn't encounter any of the outside challenges (you know, hills, uneven pavement, fresh air), I had a personal best on the treadmill: 3.1 miles in 27:22. That's my best time ever on a 3.1 adventure. 
I am running a 5K in 1 week and my goal is to do it with a time of somewhere between 28:00 and 28:20 - that would be a personal record (PR) for me. I feel like I need to constantly challenge myself so I don't get stuck in my same old routine.
I'm kinda excited about next week's run because this race will be my good friend's first 5K! I am excited for her and can't wait to celebrate our finishes together.
Another milestone for me - and this one's pretty silly, but still a big deal to me: last evening we grabbed sandwiches and took the kids to a park for supper. I've always admired the way Jackson can just move himself along the monkey bars - like it's nothing. I've never been able to do, but last evening I decided to give it a try because I've been trying to build my upper body strength and this was a good way to test it. I DID IT! It was a blast. I don't think I've ever been able to get myself across those bars. I know it's a silly thing, but losing weight, getting fit, feeling good are all part of being a good Mom and now I can join in with my boys on everything they want me to do.
Fun times!

I just love these guys so much!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tossin' around the idea...

.... of a 10K. I have 1 week to decide since 1 week from today would give me exactly 8 weeks to train for a 10K in Hollidaysburg........hmmmmmm........

Feeling Like Reflecting

Good run today!

Sometimes I need to take a minute or 2 to just enjoy the abilities of my body. I ran a 3.1 course today in 28:24 - tough course with multiple hills. I run this course regularly but I usually have to take 2-3 walk breaks on those hills. Not today -I ran the entire course! It starts and finished on a track so when I got back to the track and finished the final lap, I took a quick water break and picked up my running again and ended up putting in an additional 2 miles on the track! I wanted to do a longer run today and setting my mind to it allowed me to get in a little over 5 miles. It just amazes me:
1. How important your mind is for running distances,
2. How my body will respond to being pushed beyond the norm,
3. How good it feels to reflect upon a good run!

We had supper this evening with some old friends and since we haven't seen them in a while, they were very complimentary of my appearance, saying things like, "You look really good," and "you look younger than when we were in college." I can't tell you how good it is to hear someone say those things to me.

Lately, I've had a lot of people asking me what I've been doing to lose the weight/get in shape. When people ask me how I've done it and I tell them about running, many times their response is something along the lines of, "I wish I could run," or "my knees (ankles, legs, etc) can't handle running."
I am so thankful that my body can handle what I put it through. Thanks legs!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

3rd 5K

I ran my 3rd 5K race yesterday! Since I decided kinda last minute to run it, I didn't establish any goals for myself - just be proud of finishing. It was a really good race - I liked the course- all flat- it was on the Rails to Trails trail - we ran out 1/5 miles, turned around and ran back 1.5 miles and added .1 on at the end. It started @ 9am and that was really good for me because 8am races seem too early. Yesterday I was able to get up, eat a decent breakfast, and chill a little before we loaded everyone in the car and headed out. The weather was perfect - it was a little cool, but the sun was shining brightly.

Here I come as my fan club cheers me on - I could hear Jude shouting, "Go Momma!"
I crossed the finish line in 28:22 putting me 5th (out of 10) in my age group and 51st over all (I'm not sure how many racers, but there were more than 51 :)

Just finished - can't you tell by the smile?

My reason for EVERYTHING - my boys!

Maybe a future runner here? I'm trying to encourage it :)

Next race: August 15, 2010 - Portagefest