I Survived My First 5K

I had my first ever this past Saturday, which was a fun run 5K in the dark! I was really dreading this run because I haven’t really exercised in awhile (still winding down from the wedding) and know running really isn’t my forte. But I wanted to do it and get it over, even if I ended up walking the entire thing.  We met up with our friend Autumn (pictured below) and glammed up with glow sticks and glow in the dark bracelets to get ready for the run.

I was a little intimidated when we started because there were quite a few serious “athletes” running. Like running to warm up, super muscular, water bottles strapped to their waists. I’m sure they were gearing up for a half marathon or marathon later this fall, but for someone that hasn’t run a race before and was a bit out of shape – it did give me second thoughts about how fun this run really would be.  But we ended up lining up towards the back with the rest of the regular people.

The race had quite a few hills, but we actually ran through a neighborhood and there were tons of families out on their lawns cheering the runners on. That was pretty neat. And even though I did have to walk a bit, JP stayed with me the entire time and finished the race with me. My goal was to at least run a 15 minute mile and was under 15 minutes all the way through Mile 2, but ended up finishing the race at 45:44. I’m quite happy with that time and quite happy that I finished!

before and after the 5k!

before and after the 5k!

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Running + Not Running

Last week I vowed to crank out 6 miles as a weekly goal for myself. I missed the mark and was only able to get in 3 miles. It wasn’t because I didn’t try but I didn’t put in the best effort and losing motivation 8 weeks out from your 30th birthday and 12 weeks out from your wedding isn’t really helping either. I ran twice last week and realized that I’m completely at square one with my couch to 10K program. I have zero endurance and I just feel heavier which makes it much harder to run. People seriously! What do you do when you don’t feel like doing anything!?

I’m back to tracking my calories on MyFitnessPal because I think that stunted by weight loss. I spoke with a nutritionist at work who told me to stop counting calories. Well, not counting calories doesn’t really make me aware of what I’m eating – so I just eat. And with a lack of motivation to work out, that means I’m not really moving either. It’s bumming me out and I feel terrible. Not a good mix since I’m looking for my wedding dress this weekend. Joy!

Ok, let’s make a promise! Let’s get those 6 miles in this week and track calories in AND incorporate some non-running exercises. Serrrriously! I can do this!!!

What are YOUR exercise goals this week? How do you stay motivated?

 

Ultimate Loser: Week 6

Hey there – I’m here with a quick update on my past week in the Ultimate Loser Challenge my work is hosting!

I didn’t hit the workouts as hard as I wanted to but was able to squeeze in Week 4, Days 1 and 2 of my Couch to 10K running program. Day 1 was Hell. It was a 62 minute run/walk with longer runs at 2 minutes each. To say I was dying during the last 3-4 intervals is a vast understatement. But I pushed through and even though I could only do 1 minute runs during some of those intervals, I finished the run and moved on. That’s what I keep telling myself – it’s 62 minutes and you never have to do it again if you don’t want to! During Day 2 I found that voice creeping in the back of my mind trying to reason with me why it was okay if I quit 22 minutes into the run. But then I quickly changed my thought and was like, if I’ve gone this far .. what’s another 29 minutes? So it made the 52 minute Day 2 a lot easier.

I didn’t do any at home workouts and am kinda bummed about that so I’m going to focus hard on getting those completed especially since I’m traveling for work over the weekend. Working out on the road is hard, especially when it’s mixed with bad eating habits so I’m going to focus on trying to make better food decisions as well. Overall, I was pleased to find that I lost 1 lb since my last weigh in so I’m down 8.2 lbs overall. I’m feeling better, my belly is slimmer and clothes fit better. I’m hoping that next week I’ll be able to inch right under 200 lbs total (I’m at 202.4 right now).

My goals this week are to:

  • Complete 3 days of running program
  • Complete 2 at home work outs

What are your weight loss goals for the week?

 

Ultimate Loser: Shoe Review

I think I’ve mentioned a few times that I tried running a couch to 10K program a few years back and dropped 16 lbs in 6 weeks. Yep…it was awesome. Although I’ve always hated running, I’ve found that it’s the only exercise that really shows me results … and I’m not going to lie, I do usually feel better afterwards. Like I climbed a mountain or something. I begged for some Nike Free shoes last year to replace my usual and boring running shoes. When I run I switch up my shoes – and I’m not really good at replacing them because I think they feel better if they’re worn in.

A few months ago, JP and I spotted gray and neon green shoes on clearance at a local sports equipment store. She nabbed a pair that she liked which were Nike+ shoes where you can link up to your iPod and mine were the newer version of the Nike Free shoe – which has a slimmer build.

shoes

Fun story about these shoes – when I first purchased them I accidently snipped the laces on the right shoe, so now I have to tie them in a tiny bow on the right had side of the upper tongue – or get new laces. But it works.  The first 2-3 times I wore them, they hurt. I have thicker hands and feet (ie. “meaty paws)  compliments of my father, so the narrower version of these shoes squeezed my toes and sometimes made my feet numb after wearing them for a workout. Not good, if you’re running. But after the first few times with them on, I’ve found that they have stretched a bit to make room for my toes and now aren’t too tight.

They are much thinner than my original pair, but I think they look great on my feet, and aren’t too bad when I run on a treadmill. I haven’t (and don’t) ventured outside to run in them yet and am not sure if they’d be a great fit for the hard pavement, but I know there are lots of runners that enjoy the slimmer shoe to give them more flexibility when they run – it can also make your feet stronger and give them a good work out too.

Personally, I think I enjoy my older, slightly thicker soled version of the Nike Free shoe. It provides a more cushioning run and is easier on my feet.

Do you have a favorite running shoe? Do you prefer indoor or outdoor runs?