So it has been awhile since I have posted a blog. Training is going good. I have been working out at the gym on the treadmill doing an average of 2 miles each day I have gone. I have learned if I walk for 2 minutes to warm up, then run to just over the mile mark, walk for a minute to 2 minutes, then run I do pretty good. Treadmill running – Check! Got it down good!
Well knowing that the 10K will not be on a treadmill (Thank goodness that would get boring quickly) I have started to do some runs outside. My first outdoor run was in beautiful Daytona Beach, FL. We were down for spring break while the kids were out of school and of course took my running gear. Now as a beginner runner I learned that running outside is much different than running on a treadmill. I tired quicker (of course the heat didn’t help) and my legs felt as if they were working harder (I am sure they were). I was able to complete 1.5 miles, not sure of how long it took me as my Nike+ wasn’t working right. My husband did tell me that I wasn’t gone to long. I guess I wasn’t gone long enough for him. LOL! Gotta love him he supports me with each step I take! Only got to run once for the few days we were down there since we were busy a lot of the time.
Once we arrived back in Maryland I hit the gym a few times, since I had taken a few days off running wanted to get back in the swing of things. Did a mile or so here and there, nothing to write home about. I have been kind of leery about running outside because the pollen levels have been so high even though I have new allergy medicine that works a lot better then what I was on. So I decided that I needed to start running outside to build up my endurance for the run on June 6th. I finally decided on a nice place to go, Centennial Park in Columbia, MD. The loop around the lake is 2.5 miles, some in the open and a good bit through trees (including flowering trees-not good for allergies). I ran some, I walked some. But I did the loop. It only worked out according to my Nike+ was 2.34 miles. I did an average of a 17:39 minute per mile. My time was better than I thought it would be. I was just glad I finished it. Especially since halfway through my breathing was taking a toll because of the pollen.
I have set a goal for myself for the race. You have 3.5 hours to complete the run. Since this is my first long run I will be happy to keep a 17 mile the whole time. As long as I finish in under 2 hours I will have achieved something that I have never achieved before. All I have to say is GO ME and GO EVERYONE ELSE!
Well here is my first post! I am starting this blog to encourage other women like myself to get out there and do it (whatever it is they are doing to get fit that is). I started running at the Beginning of November 2009 with my first run only being a 1/4 of a mile. I was so proud of the 1/4 of a mile though. As soon as I left the gym I called my husband to tell him. Each day I went to the gym (3 times a week) I tried to increase by 1/10 of a mile. At the end of November I did my first run. I did a run in Columbia, MD they call the Dazzle Dash. It was 1.4 miles, up and down hill through they Symphony of Lights (Christmas light displays). I finished. I didn't run the exact thing but I did it in about 27 minutes. I did an average of a 20 some minute mile! I was so proud of myself and my family was proud of me.
All of this made me feel good about myself considering I am about 100 pounds overweight, short, and way out of shape. My self esteem about myself has been low for quite sometime, but I can say that the first 1/4 mile I did, completing the first run was all a great self esteem boost. Goal 1 had been met (do a run and feel good about it).
I do have the encouragement of my family (husband, 3 kids, and my parents), and my co-worker (who encourage me to sign up for the gym in the first place). Thank you Kim! I could not do what I am doing with out my support network. To have friends and family who care so much means a lot!
I have now set my next goal. The other day my goal was to do a 5K by the fall of 2010 but I have told myself that no I can do better than that. I am going to attempt a 10K in June of 2010. I know that I have to work hard but I can do it. Whether I finish fast or slow I just want to say that I finished!
So to all you women out there that are reading my story and saying I know how she feels, all I have to say to you is - YOU CAN DO IT! Whatever you strive to do, go out and do it!
I just began running in November of 2009. I want to share with other beginners like me my goals, my accomplishments, and even my road blocks. I am also in the process of losing weight and making myself fit.
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