Despite how flaky I’ve been about my blog I’ve been lately, I have been keeping up fairly well with my running. I even started the Couch to 10k program so I can go longer distances.
I did this run on the treadmill and good thing too because there were points around the 2-mile mark where I felt like I was gonna pass out. I chalk it up to just having a whole wheat waffle with some peanut butter on it for breakfast. I usually have eggs or something.
I’ll get back to posting regularly about the 10k training since I didn’t wanna post about it then end up giving up. I start week 8 next week so I’ve obviously committed to it.
This was also my first run at a live race. All my other races have been virtual ones.
I made a decent start but did have to fall back on a run/walk combination. There were even portions of the race where we all bottlenecked and there was no way to safely run while weaving in and out of the walkers.
In the end, I finished in about 55 minutes! 😀 And because I am a huge nerd running with other nerds, we crossed the finish line doing the Naruto run. ;D
The whole experience was amazing. There were so many cheering people and first responders shouting encouragement and giving us high fives (one of them LOVED my ‘Zombie Apocalypse Running Team’ shirt!), and everything was positive and fun! I would totally do this again next year!
Yesterday, I ran the Super Mom 5k from the Virtual Pace Series (a site I have been haunting, obviously). I decided to run it Friday instead of on Mother’s Day because it’s supposed to be raining all weekend here. It was a beautiful day out! Way too nice not to take advantage of it for a good run.
I used the Zombies, Run! app to track my distance and pace and I think this was my fastest time completing 5k since I started running last September! My pace is absolutely faster outside than on a treadmill and while the treadmill gives me the luxury of catching up on my TV shows while I run, I do plan to make it a point to run outside more often.
After I got home, my knees HURT. This run was rough and it is my own fault for making it so because I was trying to beat my old times. As a result, my knees ache and my entire body feels wrecked. How to people run these ultra marathons!?
Well, they’re experienced runners, Lenni. Duh…
I don’t see myself doing ultra marathons in the future. Right now, my only goal is to get my 5k time under 30 minutes. My progress has been pretty damn good so far; especially since I’m coming from “I hate running and without the threat of death, I won’t do it” I think what I’ve done so far is impressive.
It’s a strange journey I’ve undertaken but I’m glad I didn’t stick with the mentality of “I’ll do it when I lose weight” or “I’m too fat to do this.” Doing this has reminded me what my body can do and it feels awesome!
Since this would be not only my third 5k but my second one this month, I’m taking a break! From racing, at least. I will continue training but my next race won’t be until July; the End Human Trafficking 10k Challenge. It’s 1k a day for ten days so, no; I haven’t gone crazy and suddenly launched into 10k races. After that is the Totally 80’s Virtual Race, which isn’t till September 23rd.
These are so much fun. I will try not to go overboard… XD