Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Time Crunched Day

I only had 20 minutes to run today. But I got in 1.9 miles. I ran one mile at 6.0 (10:00/mile) without stopping. I took a heart rate check while walking for about 0:30 then kept going for the remainder of my time. 5K in 30:00 here I come!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Getting Closer

I did it! 5K all the way through at 5.5 speed (11:00/mile). I paused once to check my heart rate, but that was less than 30 seconds. WooHoo! Final time was 33:51. Now I need to increase my speed some to get to my 30 minute goal.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pushing Through

I have been trying to increase my distance at my current speed of 11:00/mile. I had been getting stuck at 2 miles, so today I pushed through and just kept running. I had to cut myself off at 30 minutes (and trust me I was NOT complaining!) because people were waiting for a treadmill, but I ran the whole time at 5.5 (11:00/mile)!! My distance came to 2.74 miles. I'm pretty confident that I can keep going through the whole 5K distance if no one is waiting for a spot, but we'll see.... 5K under 30 here I come!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

No Pain Day!

Today I didn't have time to get in a full 5K, but I did run 2 miles without stopping at 11:00/mile pace. And it didn't hurt during or after. I was stiff all over from the weather all day, but while I was running my knee and ankle didn't hurt, so Yeah! I finished my time out with a 0.25 mile cool-down for a final time of 26:12.... had to leave time to stretch before running out to pick up the kids.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Just keep running, just keep running....

(note: the title of this blog must be sung to the tune of "Just keep swimming" by Dory from "Finding Nemo")

Well, now that my 5K Challenge has passed, I need a new goal. So here it is: to run a 5K in 30:00 minutes or less. I would like to be able to do this by the Cheerios race, but I don't know. My knee and ankle have both started complaining. I thought it was just the cold snap the past couple of days, but that might be wishful thinking. So, I am going to really focus on strengthening the muscles around both my knee and ankle as well as some serious stretching so I can "just keep running. Just keep running. Just keep running, running, running. What do we do? We run, run, run." (did I get the song stuck in your head? hee. hee. hee. -- that's my evil chuckle)

I did run today. Since my 5K challenge is changing, I decided to focus on extending the length of time I can run at a faster pace instead of getting in my 3.1 miles in a shorter time. So I pushed past my comfort zone and ran a full 2 miles at 5.5 or 11:00/mile. This left me with 8mins in my 30:00 minute allowance at the Y. So after my heart rate came down and I no longer had a stitch in my side, I did a couple of "sprints" at 7.0 (about 9:00/mile I think). I was only able to go about a quarter of a mile each time, and I rested for about 2 minutes in between, but it felt really good. The fear of being propelled backwards off a treadmill can make anyone run faster!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

5K Challenge -- Day 17

Today was the day. I made my time official for the Race to Nowhere.
And what was it you ask? Hmmmm....?
I got it under 35:00. Yes!
So, now I am going to work on getting it to 30:00 or less by April 16th for the Cheerios Race. (not that I can actually run in it, because I have to work it, but that's my deadline.) An added bonus -- if no one else beats my time in my age group I win! I know, I have already won because I have come so far, and I met my first goal. But bragging rights don't hurt either!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

5K Challenge - Day 16

Tuesdays are busy days at our house. Add to that it is the 1st and work compounds that. So.... I didn't get to actually run today. But, Russel and I did walk about 2 miles around the Outdoor Center during Julia's soccer practice. Better than nothing!