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Friday, September 28, 2012

Seven Days

Really panicking.  I couldn't run the way I wanted or expected to today. I lost one week when I wasn't feeling well.  I'm really struggling to run. Today I decided to run in the evening.  Since the 5K is in the evening, I guess I should give it a try.  The real reason is that I forgot to set my alarm last night.  Anyhow, my last few runs will be in the evening.

I had to stop and walk more than a few times today.  Not happy.  Feeling a little discouraged and frustrated.  It is what it is.  I'm just going to keep plugging away.  No matter what happens next Saturday, I am very proud of the progress I made.  It will be the first 5K I attempt to run but it won't be my last!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Crunch Time

Finally! I finally got myself together and went out for a run.  OMG! I did not do well.  I could barely finish a mile and my 5K is in nine days.  I'm not going to worry about it.  I'm just going to do my best.  It's my own fault for not pushing myself.  Even though I wasn't feeling well last week, I could have done some walking or something. 

So, I'm going to try again on Friday morning.  Tomorrow, I'll go for a brisk walk.  I'll go out again on Sunday and Wednesday.  Then Saturday will be the big day!

I am very grateful to God for the progress I've made.  While this will be the first 5K I attempt to run, it will not be my last!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fifteen Days to Go!

Fifteen days! I have 15 days until my 5K.  I’m getting VERY nervous and full of self-doubt.  I haven’t been out running since my birthday a week ago.  I haven’t been feeling well.  I think the cool, rainy weather during my vacation last week caught up with me.  I also haven’t been sleeping well.  Anyhow, I’ve only run up to 2.5 miles.  I’m not even sure I can do 3.1 miles and I only have 15 more days to train.  Hopefully, I’ll feel better so I can get back out there.  No matter what happens,  I am proud of myself for finally completing the Couch to 5K program.

Monday, September 10, 2012

New and Unfamiliar Routes: 30-Minute Run

Vacationing in Massachusetts this week.  I was a little apprehensive about running an unfamiliar route and I do believe it affected my workout.  As a new runner, I do have to work on acclimating myself to different routes, etc.

It's much cooler here so I my hands were cold.  The wind was blowing in my face.  My eyes were teary so I really couldn't see.  Then, the sidewalk was pretty narrow.  Then there were the dogs.  Now, I walked this same route about two years ago when I was here and totally forgot about the dogs behind the invisible fence.  I really didn't feel comfortable running by them.  What if that fence fails, I thought.  So, I stopped and walked until I was out of their sight.  I do so again on my way back.

It wasn't a good workout but I'm cutting myself some slack.  It was my first experience running away from home.  However, while I was running, I thought I need to broaden my horizons because I will be running new and unfamiliar routes/roads during my races.  Anyhow, I'll be back out there on Wednesday or Thursday.  I will be changing my route.  I just don't feel comfortable running by those dogs. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Another 30-minute run

Lol! I have to laugh when I say, another 30-minute run, like it's no big deal.  It's a big deal for me.  I am still amazed at my progress.  I have a lot of self-doubt creeping in and my 5K date creeps up.  I'm doing my best to stay in the moment and enjoy the journey.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Wednesday and Sunday Runs

I forgot to blog about my Wednesday run.  It's probably because I want to forget about it.  I really wasn't feeling the workout.  I also think I started out running too fast.  Long story short, I stopped after mile 1 and walked the rest of the way home.

Fast forward to this morning.  I got up and said a prayer of thanks for the progress I made.  I also asked for help because I wanted to run two miles.  Long story short, I did it! I really believe I could have gone farther but I didn't want to push it too far. 

After running, I usually am totally spent.  I felt a bit different this morning.  I've been eating a little more for the past few days. I've been maintaining my calories between 1400 to 1600.  Lately, I've been eating between 1600 to 1900.  I made a note on Friday to contact my company's nutritionist next week.  This is a huge dilemma for me because I do not want to use running as an excuse to overeat.  I am aware of someone who is binge eater who uses running to try to balance out the calories she consumes.  I don't want to get caught up in that.  My OA sponsor is supportive of my increasing my calories so this keeps me accountable.  In fact, there are days she's told me my food intake is too low. 

Anyhow, I realize as I increase my running distance, I will also have to adjust my food plan.