Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I DID IT!!!!!! - Part II

Well, I did it. No, not run 20 minutes again. That will be Friday or Saturday. Actually 25 minutes. I signed up for my first 5K. I'm happy, excited, and scared all at the same time. I'm reminding myself that I don't have to run the whole 5K (notice how I don't call it a race?), since I've yet to do that even in the gym. The point is to go out there and have fun, challenge myself to do something I've never done before, and complete it.

I've gotten back into the tread running on a regular basis, and ran 8/5/8 with 3 min walks in between on Monday, and two 10 minute runs with a 3 minute walk in between today. My shins get a little sore, and today my HR was almost up to max, so I slowed the pace down a bit for the last few minutes. Oh yeah, I also increased my pace today -2/10ths of a whatever it is on the tread. Maybe by the time of this 5K my pace will be up to where I can complete it in 45 minutes. I know that sounds really slow, but considering I couldn't even walk for 10 minutes at a 2.1 pace 6 months ago, I'm doing okay. I need to give myself a break, and realize I can't keep up with people 15-20 years younger than me – yet. Although I'm hoping that day will come.

Oh! The other good thing is that my 157 weight the other day was not some aberration. Today, on my official Wednesday weigh in, I was at 156.4. Only 12.4 pounds to go to my goal weight. I'm more than ¾ there! Yee hah!!!

One more good thing. Well, actually two. An old friend called last night and she said after seeing me about a month ago, that she is inspired to get healthy again. She's seeing a nutritionist and wants to join a gym. So, I'm going to show her around mine on Saturday, and encourage her to start where she's at and build from there. The other good thing is Sarah, who I met hiking a few weeks ago, is still interested in the Xterra 5K. I just sent her the link and hopefully she'll sign up too.

Okay, one last good thing. I'm going to AZ to see my boys, and hopefully daughter, too, next week for Thanksgiving. I have lots to be thankful for, including you, my inspiring blog peeps.


bekkles said...

WOW SO many good things!
Awesome post!

You are SO close to goal and with all your running events and triumphs coming up you'll get there in no time.

I can't wait to hear all about your first 5km run! I'm sure it will be awesome!

Well done!

Michelle said...

Wow, Kristy. I'm just blown away...I mean BLOWN AWAY by your progress. How inspiring! Can you believe you're signed up for a 5k? Would you have believed this if I told you? Awesome!! And inspiring others is the best part isn't it? I am so happy for how you must be feeling these days. I can't way to see you. If you come soon after the little guy is born I won't be able to keep up with you!!

Cyndi said...

Wow...I check out for a couple of days and miss all the fun! :-)

First, YAY Kristy on the running progress! Good for you for signing up for the 5K. You've got the right attitude! The best thing about the first 'race' is that every race thereafter can be a new PR for you! Taking it slow for now keeps you injury free, so good job recognizing the little aches and pains before they become a 'problem'!

Also, how great it is to be inspiring your friends! That is a great feeling and you should be very proud. I am proud of your progress! Age, like everything else (cough...weight...) is just a's what makes up that number that really tells the story!

I hope you have a wonderful time with your family...

run4mylife said...

hello! I just came across your blog and wanted to say YAYYY for YOU!

Happy dance for the first 5k!!!


SuperDave said...

I like the idea of wearing straight running shoes. Of course they may get a little dirty. I think they'll be more comfortable than hiking boots.
Speed is relative. You'll get faster, but that's not the point. Exercise and determination is!
Have a great Thanksgiving with your kids!