Sunday, March 25, 2007

Ran a 5K

I ran the Atlanta Women's 5K yesterday morning, March 24th, at Candler Park. The route began on the street overlooking the golf course, round its way east through the neighborhood, back through the park, then west on North Ave. to Moreland Ave., north on Moreland Ave to Euclid which took us back northeast to North Ave. Once back on North Ave. it was onto the park and to the finish line in the park.

I arrived at the staging area about 6:45 am. I picked up my bib number and realized I had some time to get some coffee. The traffic wasn't bad and I saw a Starbucks just up the road on Moreland Ave. I made my way there, got a small cup of java, and made my way back to the staging area. I sat in my car and drank my coffee. About 7:15 I went back to the staging area to get some water and warm-up.

Many more people were milling around by this time and activity was everywhere. Music was playing, people were picking up their bib numbers, stretching, waiting to use the port-a-potties, or chatting with companions. I saw young girls who looked to be about 9 or 10 years old and women who were in their 60s.

The weather was still cool, at that time, but the sky was clear and it was just a matter of time before the sun would start to shine. I got some water and began to stretch. I ran into 1 person that works in my office, I didn't know she was running this event, and I saw another young lady that works in my gym.

About 7:50 I walked down to the starting area and positioned myself midway the front of the pack. I continued to move around to keep my muscles warmed-up and then there was the starting flag.

Although the area was hilly, it seemed that we continued to go downhill a lot. I was worried about the going back uphill part. The hills we did run weren't steep, but gradual.

I ended up having to walk probably 1/2 mile of the entire 3.2 miles. We were travelling west on North Ave toward Moreland Ave and I probably had about 1/4 of mile from where I was to the red light. I decided to catch my breath and walk that portion. Once I got to Moreland, I ran and I was at about 21 minutes when I made it to the 2 mile point.

Shortly thereafter, my side began to hurt like it did last Monday. I decided to walk again, probably another 1/4 mile to Euclid. Once on Euclid I was determined to run the rest of the way. I jogged slowly to build up my stamina and then we hit a hill. Goodness. I kept putting one foot in front of the other and made it up the hill. Almost back to the park and the homestretch. I picked up my speed that last 1/4 of mile and I crossed the finish line at 33:00 flat.

Whew. I did it! Success! I really did it. I ran a 5K in an event with probably 1,000 other women of varying levels. My co-worker's husband was at the finish and I ran into them in the finish area. He said the first person crossed the finish in under 20 minutes. Wow. That will never be me. :~)

I milled around for a little while, went to some of the vendors, and may way back to my car. I retrieved my camera and went back toward the race area. Since it was a run/walk some women were still going. I cheered them on and then asked a policeman to take my photo:

My tired feet after the race:

What's next? I dunno. I've been convinced to sign-up for the Peachtree Road Race, a 10K held in Atlanta on July 4th. We'll see...


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Week 8, Day 4 & 5

Rest, Rest, & Rest is the gameplan for today and tomorrow. The run is on Saturday. Don't expect an update until sometime Saturday afternoon. Cheers!
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Week 8, Day 3

I ran 2 miles first thing this morning. I experienced no pain toward the end of the run as I did on Monday. I'm hoping that was just a fluke and won't hamper me on Saturday. My legs feel better today, not as sore as yesterday. I won't run again until the run on Saturday.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Week 8, Day 2

So I am making today a rest day. My lower legs are quite sore and I want for them to rest.
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Monday, March 19, 2007

Week 8, Day 1

I adjusted my schedule this week by eliminating week 8, day 1 as a rest or run/walk day and made it a 3 mile run day. I didn't run until this afternoon and I did it around my neighborhood. I actually only ran 2.6 miles and, boy, was I hurting at the end. I developed a sudden pain in my mid-section on my right side. I have no idea of why that happened. I just was in much pain toward the end of my run.

I haven't decided what I am going to do tomorrow. My legs are quite sore, probably from the hilly run and walk on Saturday & Sunday, and I'm thinking they may need to rest. I will do a 2 mile run on Wednesday. My quads, calf muscles, shins, and the top of my feet are hurting. Yeah, I think I'll rest tomorrow. I want to be as fresh as possible on Saturday.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Week 7, Day 7

The last week of training begins tomorrow. Wow. It is hard to believe that race day is almost here. I hope I'm ready. Eek.

Today was a walk day, 60 minutes. I actually only did 52 minutes, but it was a walk nonetheless. My friends, Judith and Laurel, where here in town and the 3 of us did the walk together this afternoon. We took a circuitous route around campus which included several hills so we got a good walk in.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Week 7, Day 6

I know I looked at the calendar this morning and saw that it was March 17th, a mere 4 days before the first official day of spring. To me, a Southern Louisiana native, that means warm weather. But oh, not so much of that today. Not only is it under 40 degrees this morning, but the wind is howling! It feels like it is 32 degrees with the wind chill.

Despite the complaining, I did my 3 mile run this morning. Though, I think I could have finished the 3 miles in under 30 minutes had I not been cold. My time was 31:35 and I had 1 big hill to climb and another slight one. I decided to run a route that didn't require me to back track in that I started at one point and ended at the same point 3 miles later. It was a big square around campus.

I am set to run another 3 mile run on Monday. I hope it is warmer than it was this morning.
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Friday, March 16, 2007

Week 7, Day 5

Gotta love Fridays! Woo-Hoo! A rest day!

If only I could have slept in this morning.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Week 7, Day 4

My goal this morning was to run the 2 miles indicated on my training guide in under 20 minutes. I was 14 seconds over my goal, not too bad.

I need to adjust my schedule next week because my race is on Saturday. The training guide has the race on Sunday. I'm going to adjust Tuesday's 3 mile run to Monday and and Thursday's 2 mile run to Wednesday. That way I'll have the 2 rest days, Thurs. & Fri. before the race day on Saturday.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Week 7, Day 3

I wonder if I'm hindering my progress, so close to race day, by taking advantage of these rest or run/walk days. Well, I can't help it. It must be the early time change that's doing me in. I just can't seem to get enough sleep these past few days. Monday and today I needed to be awakened by the alarm clock and it didn't go off until 6:25 am. Generally, I'm in bed and asleep between 10 and 10:15 pm and I have no trouble falling asleep. My body must need the rest.

Anywho, I didn't run this morning which is fine because my schedule states "rest or run/walk."
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Week 7, Day 2

Today was a 3 mile run. Since the track at my gym is closed for the week and I'm so close to race day, I decided to run outside. Plus, it is getting warmer in the mornings. Thank goodness! According to my weather widget, it is currently 45 degrees. I don't think that is right, it felt much warmer this morning.

It took me right at 30 minutes to do the 3 miles. That is what I would like to do on race day or just under it. I think the running outside these last few training days will help that. Though, I worry about Thursday as it is supposed to be a rainy that day. We'll see.
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Monday, March 12, 2007

Week 7, Day 1

Since I went for such a long bike ride yesterday I decided to take advantage of the rest part of today's plan. Plus, I really needed the extra sleep. The weather is simply gorgeous out today. I'm thinking that I will run in the late morning tomorrow so I can do so outside.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Week 6, Day 7

Instead of doing a 55-60 minute walk today, I decided to ride my bike. I rode a total of 5.9 miles in about 40 minutes. I was done after 40 minutes due to the number of hills I had. Getting up that last hill was torturous. I'm sure I will feel that ride come tomorrow.

I believe my almost 6-mile ride can replace today's walk.

Week 6, Days 4-7

Sorry for the lack of posting. The past few days have been long with various activities and this kinda went by the wayside. Fortunately, my training did not. My updates:

Week 6, Day 4
Completed a 2 mile run right at 2o minutes. I could have pushed myself to do it faster, but I ddin't. I did some lunges after the run, my usual abdominal workout, and stretched.

Week 6, Day 5
A rest day, as usual. Much needed after a long work week. My legs are sore from those lunges I did yesterday.

Week 6, Day 6
2.75 mile run done in my neighborhood. I did it 24 minutes. I also rode my bike right after the run the same distance. My legs are still sore from those lunges on Thursday.

Week 6, Day 7
Today is walk day 55-60 minutes. I'll do it this afternoon. Moving to daylight savings time this morning didn't allow me to get up in time this morning. I guess the good thing is, we'll have more light later in the day. We have a fairly warm day on tap so it should be a nice day to walk this afternoon.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Week 6, Day 3

Today was a rest or run/walk day on the training schedule. I took advantage of the rest part of the plan due to a work task. I knew I wouldn't be able to get out of the gym in time this morning to be on time to my task this morning for work.

In other news, my abdominal muscles are sore as all get out! I did 2 different exercises yesterday and boy can I feel it! It hurts to cough and laugh. Woe is me. ;~)
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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Week 6, Day 2

Training this morning called for a 2.75 mile run. I accomplished the task, just not a straight 2.75 miles. I walked 1 lap, ran 11 laps, walked 1 lap, ran 11, walked 1 more lap. In all, I did 3 miles, but I ran the total 2.75 miles.

I'm less than 3 weeks away from the run.
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Monday, March 5, 2007

Week 6, Day 1

No, I didn't make it the gym this morning. I stayed up way too late doing random stuff. I just knew when I turned off the light that I wasn't going to make my workout this morning even though I was ready to go (gym bag packed). Oh well, its okay. My schedule states that today is a rest or run/walk day. I will make it there tomorrow.
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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Week 5, Day 7

Today was a very cold walk day. Despite my profession of such a beautiful day yesterday, today was not so much. Yes, the sky was clear and the sun was out, but so was the wind. The wind made the different today. I checked the temperature prior to heading out and and it was listed as 35 degrees. Unfortunately, I didn't see the wind chill temperature. I decided to put on some layers and head out for a 50-60 minute trek.

Well, about 10 minutes into the walk the wind picked up and it was just bitterly cold. I pressed on though and completed 53 minutes in all. My hands were like ice when I finally made it back home. I spent some time rubbing them together to heat them back up. Brr.
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Saturday, March 3, 2007

Week 5, Day 6

I didn't quite reach my running goal this morning. My guide stated that I was supposed to do 2. 5 miles. Since the weather was nice, I decided to run in my neighborhood this morning. I was guestimating on the distance by the lenght of time it took me to run. I was out for a little over 20 minutes. I just new I had to be close to two and a half miles. Well, I was a bit off. I decided to clock the route I ran in my car and it was 1.8 miles. Oh well, at least I was out there. :>)

In other news, I took my bike in to the shop today for a tune-up. Since the weather is warming up, I know that I will want to go riding soon and I thought it best to get the bike checked out. Luckily the bike shop wasn't too busy and they did it right on the spot.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Week 5, Day 5

Noticed a pattern about Day 6? It is always a rest day. Yay! Although it is a rest day, I never can seem to sleep in. I automatically awaken at the time that I do on Monday-Thursday, about 5:30 am. That is fine, I just don't have to get out of the bed so early. I can lie there and slowly get myself moving. Which is what I did this AM.
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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Week 5, Day 4

I pushed myself to complete a 2 mile run in under 20 minutes. I ran at a very fast pace this AM and I reached my goal. My total time was 19:30. My split time was pretty good. Mile 1 was done in 9 min 30 sec and mile 2 was completed in 10 min. I think that is a good pace. I'm hoping to complete the 5k in under 30 minutes. I need to increase my pace slightly in order to do so.

I also did my usual abdominal workout and stretched.
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