So I have been training for the 5K at the gym in the mornings. I do a set amount time rather than a distance right now, mainly because it’s easier on the treadmill for me to walk for a certain amount of time, then run for a certain amount of time. I have been forcing myself to run more and walk less. Before I committed to this 5K, the longest I had run was 4 minutes. Now I know that doesn’t seem like much to some of you, but for me it was all I could do before I couldn’t breathe anymore! I read up on how to increase my lung capacity and how to avoid shin splints. I decided that I was just going to have to RUN. So last Thursday I did 8 minutes without stopping. Friday I did 10 minutes without stopping. I couldn’t believe that I was still alive! My legs were hurting earlier this week so I didn’t attempt to do any more than 10 minutes until today! I was the only one in the gym this morning besides Mari who works there! I put on my music and decided to get the job done! I did a 5 minute warm up and then started running…. I ran for 16 minutes then walked for 4 minutes then ran for another 8 minutes! I couldn’t believe that I had done so much! I am feeling so much more confident in my ability to do this 5K now. I have until October to increase my speed and to improve my time, but I know I can do it! I had fallen off the healthy eating lifestyle some this summer, but I made a trip to Sam’s last night and stocked up on lots of fresh produce so that we can get back on track. I need to come up with a new weight loss goal before the race. It is almost 2 months away and I think 20 lbs would be a fair and reasonable goal. So 2olbs it is! I will update next week to let you all know how the training is going!
Posted by: famileeblog | August 18, 2011