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Thursday, March 28, 2013

A 5k... who me??

Ok, so I may have mentioned that my husband and I signed up for a 5k.  I may have mentioned (or not) that I AM NOT A RUNNER.  I do not enjoy any part of it (tiny lie... I actually think I'm starting to like it EEEK).  I am scared (true story) for the 5k.  At the point where I signed up I was determined to run the whole thing...

Well, I - I - I - I'm not so sure that's going to happen.  I have since reasoned with my brain.  I will be happy (and feel successful) if I can run 1 solid mile of the 3.2 miles.  So there!  New goal set.  We can reset our goals right?  At least it's still pushing me further than I would have been had I not started.... I've never run 1 straight mile. NEVER!  Not even in school when we had to - I usually walked more than half of it.

So lets just say I'm super proud of myself right now and nobody can bring me down, but myself.  I've had a hard time adjusting my food intake with the increase of my work outs.  Over the last three weeks I've gained weight (2 of the 3 weeks... didn't lose enough this week to make up for the two weeks).  I've fought hard not to gain, but I've made some bad choices AND have eaten more than I should even when it's not such "bad" of a choice.  I think I may have broke through that on Tuesday (hopefully)... but I'll keep you posted.

As I mentioned I'm on Week 3 and have done 2 of the 3 work outs so far.
Wednesday 3/27/13

Last week's work out was:
Warm up - 5 minutes
Run 90 Seconds, Walk 90 seconds (21 minutes)
Cool down - 5 minutes
*** I thought I was going to die ***

This week's work out is:

Warm up - 5 minutes
Run 90 Seconds, Walk 90 seconds
Run 3 minutes, Walk 3 minutes
- repeat the run/walking 1 x -
Cool down - 5 minutes

I was super proud of myself on Tuesday because I wanted to get my run in but I also wanted to go to water aerobics.  I got home late though... so I was trying to figure out how to do both (and wanted to do a third work out - but hells to the no!).  My husband was working late, but called just before I was going to head out.  I was basically going to skip water aerobics until I got a brilliant idea.  I called him back and asked him to do me a huge favor.  I asked him to bring my stuff to the gym and I was going to meet him there, if he happened to get to me before I got to the gym he should pick me up so I'm not late for water aerobics.  then he would also have to pick me up after it was done... he said yes!!!
Not that I doubted he would, but so nice that he's so freakin supportive!!!

Anyway the run SUCKED.  It was day 1 (of week 3) and I did it outside for the first time.  It was BEAUTIFUL outside, it felt great to be outdoors... but mother nature is a friggin' bitch!  The wind was in my face THE WHOLE TIME!  In the second 3 minute interval, I had to stop twice (walked) for about 5 seconds each time... I almost cried, but I told myself (out loud - thankful for no one being around) I could do it... and I continued and finished it.  Whew!!!

I have these great friends at work that are my support system and yesterday we talked about all 3 of us doing this 5k (hey Ambs and D).  Ambs says that she has to do more than the 3x per week... that's she's gonna try 4-5 / week.  UGHHHH...   I'm thinking I may have to do the same (BLECH).

So... I ran yesterday (2 days in a row) and guess what...  It was fantastic compared to the day before.  I slowed my pace WAY down... actually didn't think that was even possible because I run so slow.  But I was able to keep my breath in check and do the WHOLE thing... all the running with no stopping!  So proud!

My goal is to continue on my 5k training and work at getting this eating in check.  This week I lost 0.8 lbs... I'll take it (even though that didn't make up for the 2 weeks prior)!!!  Wish me luck, I'm gonna need it with this weekend coming up!

Have a great week... and remember - I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After.


  1. Good luck in all that you're trying to accomplish...... you are doing a great job. Every week will have it's dilemas and this week it's Easter. But I'm beginning to think these are all normal weeks. Every week has something going on that involves eating and socializing, therefore I guess that is normal and that is life. Wishing you a successful week.

  2. Hey Tabitha (found your blog through the Fitbit group on FB).It sounds like you're doing a great job with your running. I really think the hardest part is sticking to it and that's exactly what you're doing! Keep it up!

    1. Thank you Abigail... I think I chose the right time of year to start trying. If this were the summer, I wouldn't have done it. I don't like the heat as it really affects me.

  3. I did C25k last summer. It is going to be hard, just try to go slow. It will get easier, I promise. Just remember, for each interval, it's only a finite amount of time and you can run as slow as you need to. It will be worth it in in the end! Also remember that very few people end C25k with being able to run a full 5k in 30 minutes. I'm still not there. My first 5k run was almost 43 minutes, now I'm at 32:22!

    - Emily from the Fitbit group

    1. Thanks Emily... I had to level set myself this week because I don't like not accomplishing a goal. I'm a very competitive person - especially with myself.