My First 5k!

Hi friends!

Today was the day of my first 5k! I got up bright and early and headed downtown with my teammates to the Color Me Rad 5k!

I wasn’t sure what to expect. Last week I took my run outside for the first time and it was ridiculously hard, and I ended up not being able to run as much as I had been able to on a treadmill. I decided I would just play it by ear and do my best.

Long story short – I did not jog the entire way but I DID jog more than I walked! I ended with a time of about 44 minutes, which comes out to about a 14-ish minute mile. I am not unhappy with my time at all and the most important thing is that I had SO MUCH FUN. So much fun, in fact, that once it was over I immediately wanted to do it again.

Here are some photos from the day!

 

I have decided to re-start C25k but run outside only. I’m thinking about downloading a zombie training app – one that’s kind of like a game, and you run from zombies, and can hear them chasing you and stuff. Because who WOULDN’T run from that? It’s also appropriate considering my goal of running the Run For Your Lives race in September!

If you are thinking about doing a color 5k but aren’t sure – DO. IT. You DON’T have to run the whole thing. You don’t have to run ANY of it. But I promise – you will have SO MUCH FUN.

17 Down

I am about a week and a half out from my first 5k. I’m a little behind schedule on C25k, which kind of sucks. Originally I began it with enough time to practice running a 5k for about a week before the actual run, but it’s looking now like I may not finish the program before then. I am still going to do my best and give it all I’ve got.

Last week I had to run 20 straight minutes. I’m not gonna lie – it was hard. I failed the first time. The second time I did it, but only by decreasing my pace pretty much the entire time. I have been jogging at 4.8 MPH for a few weeks now. I ran the first 8 minutes at my usual speed and then turned it down to 4.4 for the rest of the time. I’m not very happy with that, but everything I have read about running says not to focus on your speed but your ability to finish and keep going, that you can focus on speed later. So, I’ve been trying to remember not to run myself too hard and listen to my body.

I decided to start taking progress photos. I took my first set the other day. I am down 17 pounds in this picture, which kind of makes me cringe because clearly, I have a lot of work to do. That just means I was really heavy. I’m kind of glad I don’t have any starting pictures. When I began tracking my calories on December 17th, 2012 I weighed 209 pounds. This is me on March 18th, 2013 at 192.

Like I said, I have a long way to go but I am happy with my progress so far. I am down 17 pounds in 13 weeks, and that’s pretty awesome. 7 weeks ago, when I began C25k, I could barely run for a full minute and now I’m up to 20. That is also pretty awesome.