Friday, October 31, 2008
But the best part was that my overall course covered close to 3 miles which is practically my 5K! I don't think I'll have any problem meeting my goal of finishing in less than 45 minutes. My main goal is to run the entire time, which I'm working on. I notice that I even walk faster now. My warmup walk is getting shorter and shorter but I still walk the same length of street.
Today I'm thanking ABBA for my excellent run. Thanks for thinking up such clever, fun songs for me to run to.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
-- I walked for two minutes
-- I ran for 33 minutes, with a one-minute walking break at about minute 24
-- Total time - 35 minutes exactly
-- I covered just about 3.2 miles
-- My butt and legs hurt!
I can't believe I ran about three miles - who am I? What happened to the "real" me, that prefers sleep and laziness to running?!!
How did I reward myself? With a chocolate chip cookie of course! Yum! :-)
Wait, what's that on my ice pack??
It's Cinderella!! Because that's the kind of serious, professional runner I am.
And to make myself feel a little bit better, I'll share that today was another improvement day for me. 22 minutes of straight running, with a little over 2 miles completed. Can you believe that "Claire" and "running 2 miles" are appearing in the same sentence together?? I can't, but I hope that it stays that way!
The day is still ahead of me, so a run is possible --- if anyone is up for pushing me around a track or neighborhood today after about 3:30 PM, let me know - I'll see how far I can huff and puff while pushing Shelby in a non-jogging stroller! If not, I run tomorrow morning....sleep-deprived or not!
Monday, October 27, 2008
I can't quite remember my official start date, but I got serious about running about 5 or 6 weeks ago. And by got serious, I mean that I started to huff and puff through my neighborhood for about 60 seconds at a time. I was inspired by a website I had found that touted a "Couch-to-5K Running Plan".
The first week sounds pathetic (60 seconds of jogging followed by 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes total) but that was just what I needed to get started. And it was about all I could handle!
Now, several weeks later, I've noticed definite improvement. I can run for much longer stretches at a time and can handle running over a mile. To a seasoned runner, that probably sounds like a warm-up run, but for me, it's a big step!! Yesterday was my best total running time-20 minutes-although it wasn't all in one stretch. I have a long way to go for my 5K on December 5th.
And I'm putting this here to hold myself to it: someday I will run a Half Marathon!
Sunday....I rested....and ate all day!
Monday morning - better! I walked for two minutes on the treadmill, ran 2 miles without stopping (took me 21 minutes and 30 seconds) and then walked for a couple of minutes to complete 2.1 miles (or was it 2.2? I don't remember...) in 25 minutes. I could have gone longer with the running I think, but I was bored. Need a TV in front of the treadmill in a big way.... The funny thing is that I didn't really feel like running, but got dressed and so on, and then... "Hmmm...I guess I'm going to run, since I'm already on the treadmill..." Starting to feel like a habit! I'm going to lift weights today too, just because I'm in the mood....
Tuesday is my off day because of my work schedule....so back to running on Wednesday!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Today is Friday, October 24 - I'm going to try my first run away from the treadmill today. My neighborhood is 1.3 miles total, so I plan to run it twice. WIll post how it goes....