W6D2

Wow its taken me a long time to get to W6D2. I’ve already completed my 5k and I’m not even at week 7. The super nice thing about today was I didn’t have to quit, I completed both 10 minute running intervals!

There is the option to either run for time or for distance. I tried running for distance before and it just didn’t happen. So I gave myself a break this time and ran for time. So two 10 minute running intervals with one 3 minute walk in between. It was so nice to be running again.

I kinda got in the zone for the second interval and started thinking about a lot of different things. Took my mind off of how far I needed to go and just concentrated on putting one foot in front of the other. I love how running seems to grease the gears of my brain if that makes sense. My thoughts are so much clearer when I run.

Going to try and get the kids up and out early tomorrow so I can get a run in before our play date at 10am.

I had another thought today when I was getting the kids back in the car after my run. It takes an awful lot of work to just “go for a run”. Its not simply getting dressed and heading out the door. I must be really motivated to do this because if I had an doubts what so ever, I think giving in would be easy.

First 5k Complete!

Holy Cow, I did it! I completed my very first 5k. I was skeptical earlier this week when I was sick as a dog. I have been so incredibly excited to complete this race though that wild horses couldn’t keep me away!

Some antibiotics and mild pain-killers were enough to get me up this morning and on my way to the run.

Our team before the race

I wanted to take some pictures but didn’t get the chance. Here is one of our team while waiting for the race to start. That’s me in the back on the right. The only one without a hat! 😉

After the race

Another picture…apparently I didn’t get the “hat” memo. These ladies are my twin momma friends. They are all amazing.

Husband wasn’t able to get the kids to the race before I finished so I met him nearby. He snapped this picture.

All done!

I was laughing because my friend was walking with me and when she saw my husband with the camera she jumped out of the way.

The absolute best part…I finished in under 40 minutes! I’ve been doing 14 minute miles AT BEST! So that would have given me a 42 minute finishing time or worse. My friends were right however. There is something about running with a crowd and the energy that it gives you to go faster for longer. I ran the first 1.5 miles which completely surprised me.

My final time was 38:33!!! Still can’t believe it. I am so proud of myself. The funny part is I’m not done with the Couch to 5k program yet!

W6D1…and other things!

I’M BACK!!! Haha

Nothing like a sore throat/cold to take you DOWN! I’ve spent the last 2-3 weeks sleeping and generally being sick whilst taking care of two youngsters that would much prefer to be out of the house than stuck at home with a sick mama.

I’ve felt better since Thursday or Friday but didn’t want to rush into working out and get sick all over again. (It’s happened before!) Turns out I don’t do sickness well. My kids watched significantly more Curious George then I am comfortable with but whatcha gonna do? So now I feel almost 100% and am actually excited to get back to running. Okay, I’m also excited about the 1-2 hours of kid-free time each morning. I’ll admit it.

I didn’t post about it because I was already feeling super lousy but I did make it to Boot Camp on September 11th. I remember it was 9/11 because when our group got out to the amphitheater to workout there was a gentleman on the balcony of a building nearby playing Taps. Incredibly moving. I think he played it at the times each plane hit a tower. When he played the second time all of us stopped and just listened. A moment I won’t soon forget. It made it surreal because at 9am this area is deserted. Only some store employees arriving for work and our group were there to hear it. Saddened me that there weren’t more people there to hear it.

In between the time I last ran and now, the temperatures here have cooled significantly. Instead of being almost hot at 9am its actually pretty chilly. I didn’t know if I would need a jacket even! It was a grey morning. Felt like it might start raining. There was a strong breeze. It was so pleasant to run with the breeze, kept me from sweating heavily and actually feeling refreshed.

About 3/4 way into the workout a friend of mine joined me around the “track” and I discovered talking while running is not something I am good at. I’m a big talker and my friend did significantly more talking then me, simply because I couldn’t barely breath while talking!

My 5k run is this Saturday and I’m not done with the program. But I do plan to finish the program, and perhaps run another 5k after that. I’m just so glad to not be sick anymore and have some energy back!

Boot Camp Day 3

Today I successfully completed Week 1 of Boot Camp. It’s sort of weird. During boot camp I am miserable, I am breathing hard, ready to fall over and/or pass out. Once its over, I feel like I didn’t work out in the first place. For example, after my runs, the workout stays with me. I feel that I put my body and mind thru something and feel better for it. At the end of boot camp, once I’ve caught my breath and had some water, I’m not sore or tired out at all. Of course the soreness comes in time but there is almost no effects immediately. Is that normal for a strength training type workout?

Every day thus far there has been a different assistant/leader. The fitness director of the gym is there every time and every time she says “Sally” or “Jim” is going to lead the workout that day. On Monday and Wednesday however, the workouts were led by her, unquestionably, but today the assistant was finally the one who led the workout. I just thought that was kinda funny. I just thought maybe she was super controlling but today not at all.

The assistant who led today also happens to teach some yoga classes so at the end we did some nice yoga stretches. Those felt really good and of course any thing we do where we can stand still is a win in my book. She also let us take our water bottles around the track with us which was awesome. Whenever I have to leave my water bottle behind I think I am going to die!

Friday’s, we have been told, will be concentrated to one part of the body. Today it was legs. Lots of quad work. There were some exercises that I was doing totally half-assed so I didn’t feel the stretch anywhere but I wasn’t about to complain! 🙂 At the end we did calf stretches. That is not a muscle we use on a regular basis so when you work it you really really feel it.

It was still really cool out this morning when we were working out and there was a nice breeze. It was super funny, during the end of the workout I kept hoping one of the ladies from the play center would come out and grab me to go change a diaper. I have never wanted to change a poopy diaper so bad in my life!  Can’t blame me for leaving if I’m doing it to take care of my babies right?!

Tomorrow is supposed to be my first 2 mile straight run. No breaks. This will determine truly how far I’m come. Never in my life have I been able to run or even jog 2 miles straight. I almost want to reward myself with something. Probably won’t though. The reward is coming at the end of the 5k!