Saturday, September 17, 2005

Race #1: 5K

My first race! It was, okay. I feel like I'm having problems breathing. I didn't really feel prepared for the race, and kept berating myself the entire time about being so slow, so really maybe it was so slow because of a negative outlook. I'm trying to work on it. About mile one I started thinking about how I should maybe drop to a half marathon instead. About mile two I almost just gave up and started walking, and about mile three I remembered that I can push myself, I just need to do it. Push. Harder. Must shut up and just push harder.

Recommended Distance: 5 K
Completed Distance: 5 K
Time: 41 min 37 sec
Weather: Clear.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Week 3, Day 3

Wow, the times just seem to be getting slower and slower don't they? Well, there's at least some silver lining, I know I ran the first mile in just under 15 minutes. About 14 minutes and 45 seconds actually. So why the big change there? That's like a two minute difference between the first and second mile. I imagine it's my muscles warming up maybe. I do some stretching before I run, but since my first mile consistently seems to be my slowest thus far, I either get bummed about that and run faster, or my muscles just aren't at their peak performance yet. Who knows. Also why are my long runs so much speedier than my daily runs? Motivation? Mis-measured course? Well, let's hope the White Rock course is right at least, I'll hit the track next week to test my times out there. (Even though my track times are usually equally discouraging, I had bad track experiences in school) Oh, and the humidity. Jeez the humidity today. I think I could taste the air. Overall though, I'm so far disappointed with myself, and discouraged. Poor fundraising + Poor Running = NO SOUP FOR ME! :) If things don't change soon, I'm afraid I won't meet my goals.

Recommended Distance: 2 mi.
Completed Distance: 2 mi.
Time: 27 min 30 sec
Weather: 77 degrees, 88.7% humidity. Clear. 885

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Week 3, Day 2

Wowzers, my first day of skipping training immediately followed by my worst training yet. Coincidence? Probably not. To be fair, my muscles were still really sore from Saturday night's soccer yesterday. Three games in 2.5 hours was probably pushing it a little, especially after the long run. Alas, it is a decision already past I suppose. Not to mention, I apparantly misread my training calendar, and did twice what I should have anyway. I suppose since I didn't run yesterday maybe that's alright. Mile 1 was okay, I had to stop for a couple of seconds because there was a rock in my shoe, but overall, I say my new shoes are a pretty good fit. (like a dream so far) I need to start using my new blister pads though, because the bottom of my big toes are rubbed raw, but in my new shoes I didn't notice the same kind of impact. Of course, I think soccer is a worse impact on that anyway. Damn you turf. The first mile was slow, like 13 minutes or so exactly. No big deal, I'm obviously having motivation problems or something, who knows. The second mile was horrible however. I walked most of it (my first skimping on the 5:1 ratio), because well, I just felt I couldn't run anymore. I'm not sure if it's running at night, or the heat/humidity, what I'm putting into my body, my overall wellbeing, etc etc. I'll pinpoint it. Just try and keep going. There are those who don't have a choice. Humbly yours this evening.
Recommended Distance: 1 mi
Completed Distance: 2 mi.
Time: 22 min 52 sec
Weather: 90 degrees, 52.3% humidity. Clear.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Nope, No Running Today

As much as I hate, read: absolutely hate, to log in a big zero on my training blog today, it unfortunately is the way of things. First, work started bad, then got to worse, then got to unimaginably worse. Next was my Team in Training fundraising meeting, which was cool, there were some good ideas out there, I'm going to have to start hitting the streets as it were. Next, my brilliant-physicist grandfather had a stroke today. He's already been taking medicine to prevent strokes, but apparantly they were not effective enough. He's in remission from prostate cancer too, but even though he only had a couple treatments for it, he's probably still weakened by that. My finger is hurt from soccer the other night, and really, I'm just lacking motivation today. I can't find good dieting advice (I'm trying to go vegan, and eat less grain stuff and more fruit/veggie stuff), not to mention that my dieting aspirations don't fit into my current lifestyle all that great. The boyfriend bitches about having to go to the store once a week, let alone more often. My goal is to be 120 lbs by the end of September, and I'm floating around 121-123 right now. Not running isn't helping of course, but I can't figure out why I'm not losing weight to begin with. It looks like I should be, but I'm obviously doing something wrong. I'm stressed, tired, and depressed, and really, just couldn't be brought to even put the new shoes on today. Hope everyone else is doing better than I am.

Recommended Distance: 2 mi
Completed Distance: 0