Team Challenge Week 1

Last week was the first week of Team Challenge training. I really didn’t know what to expect. We were spending the first part of the meet up to have a shoe and apparel clinic to make sure everyone has the proper gear to run or walk a half marathon. I just happen to be a gear junkie so I already had everything they showed, seriously every little thing, from the proper socks, gus, and foam rollers. I probably should do a post on my favorite gear, but since I’m no expert I’ll probably wait a little while longer on that one.

After the gear clinic it was time to run. As a group we warmed up and then they split us into groups based on speed. The group was doing 2 miles since it is the first time training for a lot of my team members. Since I’ve been running based of the plan I have with Tina, I was scheduled for 6 miles. I really wanted to go at my long run pace, but since the group didn’t have a lot of speedy runners I got put in the 9-10 min mile group. So I haven’t talked much about speed recently, mostly because I haven’t talked about the training I’ve been doing in the last month or so since being in Atlanta. When I do my longer runs I’m definitely in the 12 minute mile range, sometimes a little faster, sometimes a little slower. It really depends on where I’m running and how ridiculously hot and humid it is. If we’re adding hills into the mix it’s definitely more of a 13 min mile. So this whole 9-10 min mile is more my tempo range, which is usually around 10 min miles and on a treadmill I can push it for a few minutes to get the high 9 min range. From all this prefacing you can only imagine how those 6 miles went for me, basically they didn’t happen. We were running on a busy Atlanta street so the heat from the cars will add to my excuse for why I only did the 2 miles with the group on Saturday and did 4 miles on my own on Sunday. The pace was just too fast for me and I didn’t want to get all crazy in front of the group about not being able to do it. So I ran the two miles as fast as I could, my right Achilles started hurting about half way through and that’s when I decided that it was just going to be 2 miles for me.

It’s hard to join a group when you don’t know anyone and you’re all at different levels. Yes I’ve been running for 8 months, but I’m still a beginner in my mind (and should be considered that in your mind too). I think because I run regularly people in the group think I’m some crazy good runner, plus being a gear junkie makes me look like I know what I’m doing. But I don’t, the runs I do are given to me in a plan by Tina and I just follow them. Sure I give her input of what I like and don’t like and how my body reacts to different things, but I really just do what is on my plan. I just think people have higher expectations of me and I hate disappointing people. But I think I just need to find a way to say nicely, please don’t make me run too fast, I’m going to burn out! I’m currently running 15 miles a week! Which to me is high and I really just got to this number in the last week or so. I know that number is only going to grow as half marathon training really kicks up in the next week or so, but my body is definitely sore and adjusting to the increase. I just need to let them know that I’m doing a slightly different training plan and have incorporated speed work on other days.

Joining Team Challenge is a HUGE step out of my comfort zone. I’m surprisingly more shy then people might realize. Yes I can talk a lot and when I have to I speak up I do, but really I don’t like to. I’d much rather observe a group and figure out all the different members before I’ll get comfortable and open up. My Team Challenge members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and I know no one in the group. I’m slowly trying to get to know the people in the group, but it’s not easy for me. I also don’t like small talk, so it makes it more difficult to start conversations with people. I don’t want to appear standoffish so I’m trying to work on my small talk. The other huge difficulty for me is fundraising. I really hate hate hate asking people for money (unless its my mom and dad, but they’re obligated to help out their favorite daughter). I don’t even know how to approach fund raising and if we’re friends in real life, you’ll probably get to experience the awkward um yes running for charity want to donate conversation, facebook message or email, that will be heading your way soon. If you would like to avoid that you can donate HERE.

Overall I survived week one of Team Challenge! I know once I get settled into the group things will be easier and hopefully fundraising will become easier for me. So far I’ve had three donations and I’m 6% to my goal of $2,700.

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Run ATL

During the moving process, running and working out really took a back seat. My first couple weeks in Atlanta I ran maybe once a week, if that, I did make them long runs (my definition of a long run), but I was definitely focused on other things. While I wasn’t doing much running, I did do a little shopping, which in my opinion is also a workout (those bags are heavy).

I wanted to find a local running store and try to find running groups for when I really kicked up the half marathon training. I found a running store that is local and 5 different stores around Atlanta and the suburbs (Big Peach Running Co.). They have the cool gait analysis technology and video you running on a treadmill to help pick the right shoes for you. Since it was free I decided to check it out to make sure I was really in the right shoes. Turns out I was in the wrong shoes. I was originally fitted at store where the guy just watched me walk and jog and looked at my arch. Since I have a high arch that guy assumed I would need a stability shoe and that I over-pronated. Apparently I run just fine and don’t need a stability shoe, so I’m now wearing Mizuno Wave Rider 15s and have been pretty happy with them.

My cousin in law (aka as my cousin’s husband aka Dan) is a commercial photographer and wanted to test out a new photography tool on my shoes. He took all the pics below of my beautiful Mizuno shoes! Check out his tumblr to see more of his awesome photos.

How awesome are those?? Seriously Mizuno needs to hire him to do their photography. Dan Schultz Photography if you’re in the southeast and need commercial stuff done.

Now that I have these awesome shoes, I had to start getting back into the swing of running. I paused my plan with Tina for 4 weeks while moving, thank goodness she’s so flexible and understanding! I started back into slowly and now I’m up to running over 13 miles a week, with my longest run at 6 miles. My biggest struggle in Atlanta has been the heat and hills, but I finally found a flat trail. I’m back up to three runs a week and I’ve had to get over my fear of the treadmill to get runs in with the ridiculous humidity here. I’m finally feeling strong again and I love how my body is changing from running! In the past 11 months I’ve lost over 10% body fat. I never shared the numbers when I started working out seriously almost a year ago, but I was on the edge of the overweight category. I was skinny fat (well I wasn’t really that skinny, but I don’t think anyone realized how bad it was) and didn’t realize how unhealthy I had become. I finally had access to a machine to check my body fat a couple weeks ago and now I’m in the middle end of the healthy range! I couldn’t have done it without the help of Tina and I’m so happy to be in such a healthier place in life. Now if I could just start eating healthier then who knows how strong and toned I could get!

I’m also pretty much settled into my apartment. There’s still some work to be done in my second bedroom but otherwise I’ve got everything set up. Hopefully I’ll take some good photos and show you my place soon.

I Live Here?

Before I really get into the point of this post, what do you think of my new blog look? Thanks so much to Jenny for being awesome and creating a header that was exactly what I wanted with very little direction!

You would think after 6 weeks in Atlanta it would start to sink in that I live here. Two weeks ago I went to the airport 4 times, to pick up and drop off one of my closest friends (who is moving here soon!!) and to pick up and drop off my parents. As I drive through downtown Atlanta I always kind of pinch myself and think is this real, I live here?

I’m slowly starting to feel settled in. I’m still figuring things out in my job but I really like the people I work with and the company is awesome. They really believe in work/life balance and they’re always doing something for employees. I’m pretty stoked for the travel opportunities with this job as well. The one downfall of my last job is we didn’t get to go to conferences, except for one small conference in Vegas. My new job is sending me to Santa Barbara in September (and I’m staying the weekend, who wants to come hang out with me??) and to Austin in October for a day long conference that includes a 3 day pass to Austin City Limits ( I get to see Florence + the Machine!!!). Plus by mid september I’ll have vacation time!

Since work is settling down, it’s about time I got the rest of my life in order. It’s been go go go around here, with traveling and trying to figure out where I want to live. I was fortunate to have a free place to live for my first month in Atlanta (Thanks Emily and Dan!) but after a month I was ready to have my own place again. After living alone for over a year and a half it was an adjustment to live with people again.

The apartment search was an interesting process. The main thing for me was what part of town did I want to live in. My office is in the suburbs kind of so I wanted to be near that but still feel like I lived in the city. I also wanted to be near a park so I would have easy access to run whenever. After I figured out the general area I wanted to be in I started narrowing the search. I started to pay attention to closet size (seriously one of my biggest concerns), safety and amenities at the complex. The complex has to have a gym and a pool plus have a gate. Fortunately I found a place that is only 10 minutes from work on a back road with a nice park directly across the street. I love having space so it’s a 2 bedroom/1 bath over 1000 sq ft. The living space is a good size and the kitchen is upgraded with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. I’m using the 2nd bed room as a workout/dressing room. It actually has all the closet space (3 of them!) so of course all my clothes are in there.

I’ve been in my apartment for two weeks now. The first week the only furniture I had was bedroom stuff. If I wasn’t laying in bed then I was sitting on the floor. My dining room table was a suitcase. My parents came into town after I had been in the apartment almost a week. My la-z-boy recliner (seriously the best purchase I made besides my memory foam mattress) arrived then too. My parents helped me purchase and put together my tv stand, two bookcases and a dining room table (all from ikea, which is the most amazing and overwhelming place EVER). Plus my mom unpacked most of my clothes. She’s a saint! I think it would have taken me months to unpack if it wasn’t for her.

Check out my new dining room table and chairs (chairs I put together myself!):

 

And these cute accent tables from Home Goods that were such a good deal:

I’m thinking about spray painting the accent tables a fun color like teal or bright purple, but we’ll see how long that takes me to do.

I should be getting the couch and chair + ottoman from my aunt and uncle in the next couple weeks hopefully. Eventually I’ll have to hang up all the stuff on the walls, but my place is definitely starting to feel like home.  When it’s all set up I may even do a vlog tour through it.

If my laziness doesn’t totally take over I may even write another post this week about all the fun running stuff I have going on.

 

Things I learned moving across the country

I’ve been in Atlanta just over two weeks now. I’m finally beginning to get things sorted out. I’m really enjoying my job so far and everyone I work with has been welcoming and friendly.

I’m sure I’ll eventually tell you more about my life in Atlanta, but for now you’ll just have to deal with the things I learned in the 2.5 weeks I had to move myself and my stuff across the country. 

Things I learned:

  • Pods are really EFFING expensive! Seriously they wanted $3,800 and my furniture cost maybe half of that.
  • Uhauls are not nearly as expensive as pods but when you start calculating gas prices you realize, holy shit I’m going to be mad broke.
  • Your co-worker that has a template for everything will have the best ideas to save money and move across the country. He will also make an excel spreadsheet that shows you how much money you will save if you sell all your furniture and ship the stuff that won’t fit in your car.
  • That same co-worker will also remind you of two other previous co-workers who just moved and may be in the need for furniture.
  • It is so much easier to sell your stuff quickly to your friends than to put in on craigslist.
  • You have to learn to let go of stuff. I didn’t want to leave stuff behind, I wanted it all to fit in my car or in the boxes being shipped. I finally just had to kick myself and say stop being an idiot and give it away.
  • It’s amazing how much stuff one person can have in a 850 sq ft apartment. 
  • Giving away a full car load of stuff to goodwill felt GREAT! So did giving all my office furniture away to some random guy in my apartment complex. It was going to the dumpster and instead of me having to help my dad carry it there, that guy carried and got it for free.
  • Shipping via greyhound bus may be the BEST thing EVER! I shipped 550 lbs of suitcases and rubbermaid containers for under $450. I dropped it off on Sunday and it made it to Atlanta by Wednesday. They delivered it to my door (cost me an extra $50 totally worth it!) the next morning. I highly HIGHLY recommend this to anyone moving across the country.
  • I truly have an amazing dad. I already knew this but it needs to be mentioned. My dad took a week of his retired time to fly across the country and help me move. He had no idea what he was getting himself into and I could not have done it without him! 
  • When your dad asks for a scrub brush and you tell him yes I have a magic eraser, he will think you’re being a smart ass and will proceed to make you cry by telling you off. Later he will find the magic eraser and say wtf you have a scrub brush to which you respond yes I told you that, it’s called a magic eraser on the box. Your dad will realize that you were in fact not being a smart ass and it becomes a funny joke you tell.
  • Making a lot of noise while packing up to annoy your obnoxious downstairs neighbor is so fun. And nothing is more satisfying then when the biatch comes upstairs to tell you off and you just look at her and say I’m moving out in an hour, would you like some free paper towels. To which she tells you how blessed she is because she really needed those paper towels. 
  • Giving the little boy dumpster diving in my complex for all the stuff I threw away a brand new calculator and school supplies and seeing the grateful smile and hearing a very sincere thank you very much will melt your heart.
  • You will be thankful you’re moving out of your all the sudden not so nice complex after seeing a meth head dumpster diving as well.
  • Pick a book on tape for your 3 day drive across the country with your dad that does not have a sex scene. Who would have thought a mystery novel would start with a sex scene?? Seriously I was mortified and my dad just thought it was funny.
  • Having a cousin who lets you crash in their extra bedroom for the first month you’re in town while you look for your own place is AWESOME and said cousin is AWESOME! It’s even better when your cousin’s husband likes to cook and makes you delicious meals.
  • Saying good bye to friends is the hardest part of moving. I really suck at good byes and honestly just try to avoid it so I don’t have to deal with the emotions. 
  • You will start crying at random times, like when you’re saying good bye and thanking your mechanic of 3 years. Seriously I got teary eyed at the mechanic’s but not when saying good bye to friends. I was quite the emotional roller coaster.

I honestly had a pretty smooth moving process for having no time to prepare. I also spent as much time as I could with friends before I left which led to a lot of last minute packing and cleaning. I wish I had more time to say good bye in Vegas, but I’ll be back in December for my first half marathon!

 

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

So I had big big big news so big I made my first Vlog. I’ve been holding onto this info for a week now and now that it’s out at work I can finally tell you all…

Please excuse how often I tell you I’m super pumped and excited to try something new, let’s just say I winged this video.

Hope you enjoyed my first vlog!

Things I’ve Learned

I’ve been running for over 5 months and over time I’ve learned a few things…

  • Find clothes that work for you. I’ve tried different types of shorts, pants, leggings, capris and certain things just don’t work for my body type. Being comfortable is number 1! Find what works for you and go for it.
  • Have a plan. If you’re just starting out find a plan to help you build up your running stamina. I started with couch to 5k and once that ended, Tina gave me a running plan incorporated in my running plan. I would have been so lost without it
  • Get fitted for proper running shoes. This really really really helped me! I used to have issues with shin splints, but since I was fitted for proper running shoes I haven’t had ANY! Miracle I tell you!
  • Drink water and more water and more water and more water and more water, just when you think you’ve drank enough drink more water. And then when you’re going to the bathroom every hour, still drink more water. Now I’m still lazy so walking to the water cooler is a big hinderance for my water intake. To overcome that problem I have a 32 oz camelback water bottle that really helps with that. I only have two go twice a day, which really helps keep me hydrated.
  • Find the proper fuel for you. Before I run I usually have half a luna bar and water. If I’m going to run later I’ll have more food, but I have to let that digest so I don’t cramp up when I run. Post fueling is also important. I’m like super super prone to migraines (it’s bad like really bad and it sucks) so it took me a while to find the best ways to rehydrate so I don’t have a migraine after every run. I’ve finally found it (and it changes the more I run). I drink lots of coconut water and so far it’s been working wonders for me.
  • You’re going to have bad runs and feel like garbage. It happens and you just have to realize it and move on to the next day. Sometimes you have a bad running week and then the next week you just kill it!
  • HAVE FUN! If you don’t enjoy running then don’t do it. Find the cardio or workouts that you enjoy doing. I hated running for such a long time and now I’m hooked on it. I know I have to give my body rest days but on those days I have the itch to run or do a weights workout, I have to tell myself I need to let my body rest.

I’m definitely not a running expert, but I’m at least a runner now. Maybe one day I’ll be some crazy marathon runner who is super fast, but right now I’m happy in my beginner state, just working on getting faster and doing the best I can.

If you run, what have you learned from running? What tips do you have for a newbie runner like me?

 

Killed It

So I disappeared from the blog world for 5 weeks and spent my time working, working out and spending time with friends. Nothing super exciting happened, but I enjoyed the time not having to put everything into words that just seemed routine.

My workouts have definitely gotten more intense in the last 5 weeks, especially in the running department. Tina put together a great plan to help me get faster after my first 5k. I really would have been lost without her. I was still running 3 days a week, but two of the runs were interval and tempo runs with one easy run. Plus I was doing 3 different strength training workouts and a cross training cardio workout. I’ve really began to revolve my life around my workouts. I’m enjoying the change in my priorities and the change in my body.

I had been thinking about signing up for a 2nd 5k since I finished the first one. I guess you can say I’m a little bit addicted to running. I had been eyeing a 5k that a church/private christian school was putting on not too far my apartment. I figured it would be a small scale, fun event. Since my bff was out of town, I ran it solo. I probably could have convinced someone else to run it with me but decided to just go for it alone.

I woke up early (which I pretty much do every day now, who am i??) on Saturday, had a little snack and some water, got dressed and headed over to the event. I was pretty early since I didn’t want to be late and was unsure of the parking situation. Thankfully I run with my iphone so I had some entertainment until the race started. Don’t worry I also stretched and warmed up.

Ready for the Race

My goal for this race was 35 minutes, but I knew I would be faster, one of my runs the week before was 34:51. I just wanted to get a good pace and go for it. It was hot, it was going to be in the 90s later in the day and was in the upper 70s by the time the race started. My garmin was off on the distance, so I thought I was running around 11:15 miles, but apparently I was going faster. There were a lot of families running so kids were darting in front of me pretty much the entire time. For the last mile, there was a run/walker who was kind of driving me crazy.

The heat definitely bothered me, there were a few times I thought about throwing up, but kept it in check. Since I trained without water, I didn’t want to stop for any along the way. I will say this race had 3 or 4 water check points, I was pretty surprised since it was only a 5k, but with the heat and all the kids it was probably a good idea.

By the time I hit the finish line I was extremely surprised when my time was 32:30 (my first 5k time was 38:04)!!! I couldn’t believe it and thought someone miscalculated the distance, until I went on my computer and used map my run and saw it was right on. I can’t believe I cut my time by over 5 min 30 sec in ONLY 5 weeks! I really attribute it to all my hard work and Tina’s training plan. I killed it on this race and I couldn’t be happier! To celebrate my race I was pretty excited to see my fav food truck, Snow Ono Shave Ice, parked at the church, so of course that was my first stop after grabbing a bottle of water.

Enjoying my Shave Ice in the a/c

Up next for me I will be running a 5k obstacle course through Animal Kingdom in Disney World on a team with my mom. Followed a week later by the Devil Dash, which is a 5k mud run/obstacle course. I’m really excited for the race through Disney World! I wouldn’t say I’m excited for Devil Dash, but I’m up to try it and see if I survive.

First 5k Recap

After 3 months of running, it was time for my first 5k. I signed up for the race a couple months ago and somehow convinced my bff, Katie, to join me, even though she hasn’t done much running since her marathon in December. I wanted to pick a fun race and give myself enough time to be ready for it. What’s more fun than a St. Patty’s Day race through the old railroad tunnels by the Hoover Dam?

Initially I had the goal of running the 5k in under 30 minutes, then once I really started I running I realized that there was no chance in hell I was going to be capable of that. The former athlete in me definitely didn’t like that, I like to be good at things. I’m usually not the best athlete, but I’m always decent. About 4 weeks ago I had to get over my ego and just be proud of myself for keeping up with running and not giving up. I kept working at getting faster, but I knew I wasn’t going to be where I thought I would be.

A week before the race I came down with a sore throat and cough. By Tuesday afternoon I pretty much lost my voice, and even now I don’t have my voice fully back. I wasn’t at 100% for the race, but I knew my goal was to just finish the race without walking. Last Sunday I managed to run 3.1 miles, it took me over 40 minutes, but that gave me the confidence that at least I could make the distance.

Friday night came around and Katie and I packed up our running gear and headed down to the classy hotel by the Hoover Dam, the Hacienda. The Hacienda definitely has character, but I’m glad we didn’t spend much time there. After a night of not so great sleep since I couldn’t stop coughing, it was race morning.

I was definitely nervous, which really isn’t surprising, and could barely get down my pre race meal of a luna bar. I managed to eat half, take some cold medicine, and drink a lil bit of caffeine and smart water. Katie and I put on our best green running gear and made the trek from the hotel to the race start (only about 700 yards).

The view on the walk down to the course

We watched the half marathon start, got warmed up and took some pictures…

Apparently I can’t keep my eyes open

But Katie can 🙂

There was a big crowd of people for the 5k and the race trail was narrow for that amount of people. Katie and I went kind of towards the middle/front. My garmin of course didn’t load in time, but it did just in time for when the crowd thinned enough to where I could start running. Katie and I said bye at this point, since she was going to finish at least 10 minutes ahead of me. I turned on my tunes, found a good pace, around 12:30 a mile, and kept going. For the first mile I was weaving in and out of people that were walking, but that thinned out around the water stop at the first tunnel. I hadn’t trained with water and my coughing miraculously wasn’t bothering me, so I kept going. I was really feeling strong and knew I was going to make it the whole way without walking. The tunnels were interesting. They were really dark and the ground was uneven. I had a couple of oh crap I may fall moments, but made it through without falling or breaking my ankle. After the turn around I was still feeling great, I made it through the two tunnels and was actually enjoying myself. I started to notice two different women, who I would pass while they were walking, and as soon as I got to them they would start running again. They pretty much did this for the rest of the race. It was pretty annoying, but I tried not to pay too much attention to it. As I was getting closer to the end I knew I was going to start sprinting at a certain point. After finishing 11 min ahead of me, Katie came back up the course to cheer me on, it was nice to have a familiar face there. Once past her I decided to sprint the rest of the way, I passed the annoying run/walkers and made my way to the finish line. They had someone announcing your name as you finished, which I thought was pretty cool. I grabbed my medal, a bottle of water and went to cough my lungs out after the sprinting. As I was making my way towards the finish, I was kind of getting emotional. I had worked so hard for the past three months and I was finishing something I never would of imagined doing 4 months ago. I thought I may cry after finishing, but I kept my emotions in check, caught my breath and took some pictures of course!

My Race Medal

After I finished (and stopped coughing)

Katie Post Race

BFFs

Katie’s Post Race Outfit with our lovely hotel room in the background

After rehydrating a little bit, we packed up our stuff and left the lovely Hacienda Hotel and Casino. We decided to stop for breakfast and ended up at Crepe Expectations in Henderson. It was delicious and I want to go back to try one of their sweet crepes.

Ham, egg and swiss crepe

My first 5k was a success. There were definitely bumps along the way, but I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and I can’t wait to run another one. Thanks to all of you who texted, tweeted and facebook liked/commented! I really appreciate all your support!

Couch to 5k Complete… so now what?

I finished couch to 5k last week, but still had 3 weeks left before my 5k. Thankfully Tina gave me workouts to work on my speed and endurance. She kept it at 3 runs a week: one easy run, a zone 2 run and a stride run.

The easy run speaks for itself, but it was 5 minutes longer than any other run I’ve done before. The zone 2 run is a 30 min run with 3 10 min zones. You run at an easy pace zone 1 and 3 and run a 7 out of 10 effort wise for zone 2. The stride runs are also 30 minutes long and at random intervals you run as fast a you can for 2-3 minutes.

This past week I definitely had difficulty fitting all the workouts in. My body has been sore from the circuit workouts. They really are no joke and the squats and lunges are killing my legs. Not to mention I had a work dinner on Wednesday night and a work event on Thursday night. No chance I was getting up early after those two things. The zone 2 run was the first run on my schedule this week. I actually enjoyed that one and felt good about my run.

Since my schedule was so crazy I had to do the stride run on Saturday (normally I would have done it Thursday or Friday morning). This run was so difficult for me. It was definitely one of those bad runs. I almost passed out and had to lean against a light poll for a few seconds. Thankfully I didn’t pass out and as soon as I got back to my apartment I stripped out of my running clothes and sprawled out on the floor in my apartment.

I had to combine my easy run with my second circuit workout for the week. I was supposed to do cardio intervals with the circuit workout, but decided not to kill my legs and skipped that. Apparently it wasn’t my weekend for running because even my easy run sucked. It’s totally demoralizing when you have two bad runs in a row, especially when your race is now only 2 weeks away. I’ve yet to hit 3 miles and today I ran the amount of time where I would probably cry if I didn’t finish in this time. I even took out the hill but still didn’t do well.

I know I haven’t really talked about my goals yet so I’ll save that for my race recap, but while talking with my bff, Katie, she did make a good point. I was venting my frustrations to her about how slow I’m running and I’m not where I thought I would be. She told me that I should be happy that I’ve gotten as far as I have, because I’ve only been running for 2.5 months and look how far I’ve come. And she’s right. I can’t expect to be running 10 min miles now if I’ve never been a distance runner. So for now I’m going to try to not beat myself up for being “slow” and just enjoy the runs.

I’m looking forward to better workouts this week and hopefully running 3.1 miles.

Couch to 5k Complete!

For the past 9 weeks I’ve stuck with Couch to 5k, it hasn’t always been fun but I managed to fit in every run. Couch to 5k is a great way to watch yourself transform. I went from wanting to die running 1 minute straight to running 30 minutes straight over 2.55 miles without walking (and I didn’t pass out, throw up or die). There were moments where I thought I couldn’t run another step, but I pushed myself to keep going.

It’s really amazing what your body can do and how much of it is a mental game. When I first started doing the long runs in the last 3 weeks, I wasn’t sure I would be able to run that long without walking. I also have set goals for myself for how fast I want to be for my first 5k. For every time (25 min, 28 min, 30 min) I set distance goals I wanted to hit. Sometimes it took until the third run of the week to hit that goal. Other times I made it and then some. I’ve also incorporated a hill into my running. During the 25 min week, I turned down a different street in my neighborhood (it’s well lit and has a decent amount of traffic, so I felt safe). I didn’t realize it was a hill, once I did I turned around and went my normal route.  I wasn’t ready yet to tackle the hill. One day I was feeling good and decided it was time to tackle the hill. Now the hill has become a regular part of my running routine. The uphill just sucks, but running downhill makes me feel amazing, so I keep doing it. I’ve completed my fastest mile going uphill on my last run yesterday. I took almost 40 seconds off of my previous mile PR.

I have less than 3 weeks to go until my first 5k on St. Patty’s Day. When I first started I set a goal of 30 minutes for my first 5k. As I’ve been training I’m not sure that’s possible, but I’m going to spend the next 3 weeks training my butt off to get to that time. Tina has given me three different types of runs for each week to help me get faster and reach my goal time. I’m looking forward to starting that tomorrow.

 

I’m just finishing up the first week of Month two with Tina. Month two definitely has kicked it up. Along with the 3 runs, there’s two core workouts (hi planks) and two full body circuit workouts (one with cardio intervals). I’ll get more into the workouts after I complete the full body circuit with cardio intervals in an hour or so. It has been a challenge to fit everything in and I feel like my life has become all about working out, but to be honest I’ve needed something to focus on.