So it is officially “5k season” for me! I have run two so far and have three to go. I am hoping to improve my time by the last one.
So my first race was the Glow Run, and it was a blast! I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t be dark by 6 o’clock but they made it work. I have been very blessed that both times I have run it has been in the upper 50’s lower 60’s. We got a neon shirt ( I chose orange) and about 10 glow sticks to either wear as bracelets or necklaces. I ran with Jackie and even attempted to drink a dixie cup of water half way through! That was a terrible idea!! My ending time was 35:34 for 3.32 miles, and my average pace was 10:43. It was a little slower than my normal average mile place, but I was jus so excited that I finished!
My sorority’s Gamma Phive K was yesterday and it was a doozy! I finished it in 34:54 for 3.26 miles averaging a 10:41 mile pace. I was hoping to seriously shred off time because I knew where I was going, but that was not the case. For anyone that lives in Delaware knows that hills are not a thing that people in Sussex County run on. I was rocking the first mile at 9:26 (fastest so far) but the entire second mile was an uphill battle, both figuratively and literally. I do have to say that it was so amazing to hear all my sisters cheering me on (and the other runners) along the race and as I crossed the finish line. I have the Shamrock run (KD’s philanthropy) and hopefully one during spring break left, until going to 10k’s this summer. Benjamin and Caitlyn came and supported our philanthropy and rocked it as well 🙂
I have been training indoors for the 10K running 4 miles and 4.5 miles on the elliptical for the past week. I am hoping to move up to 5 miles this week, and get out side to see if I can run the 4 outdoors as well. I definitely hit the “runners wall” at about 1.7 miles, and by 3 miles I have hit my groove, so I don’t think it is going to be a matter of not being able to do it, but if my body, mainly the muscles on top of my ankle, will let me keep running without dragging my foot along the way. I am still doing weight’s at the gym, and am even starting to enjoy it. I am still more of a machine girl, but Drew is getting me into free weights. I hit my “4 month” mark since I started this journey and I am really excited about how far I have come. I am sitting here typing about running up to 5 miles, when on November 1st I was praising myself on just getting to the gym. I am down 13.25 inches over all (since December 15th) and down 19 lbs. Can’t wait to see where I am by May!
Snow days are great for a multitude of reasons, mainly involving days off of work and school. But it has a lot of down falls too. Essentially, taking days off from your diet and working out. But I would have to say that over all I did better than expected. Like most, the thought of snow in Alabama makes me laugh, so I didn’t properly stock up on food for the next three days. Day 1 was fine because we still had food for White Chicken Chili and Salads, and the morning part of day two was okay because we have scraps here and there. Then came Wednesday (day 2) night. There was no food to be found in the apartment and no fast food chain or store opened. The only things that were available were rolls (wheat), cheese puffs (just bad!), or pudding. It was terrible, to the point of going to bed super early so that I wouldn’t eat. But lo and behold we made it through!!! Day 3 and things are opening back up. Granted I still ate a salad from home, but it was the mind set that I could go out and get something else if I wanted.
Snow days can also be bad for exercise, with such a good excuse! Who would want to go out in freezing temperatures- it can’t be good for the body- or “if school is out we shouldn’t be outside long enough to go anywhere, it’s too dangerous.” Both of these scenarios were said out loud multiple times each day. But the great thing about being in a routine of working out now is that even though those thoughts go through my mind, I ultimately know I’m going to work out anyway. Which is a surprisingly great feeling! Since the Student Rec was closed Caitlyn and I YouTubed Butt’s and Gut’s workout. The first few options were a bit shaky, but when we found a lady in combat pants and a black tank top. She looked so intimating she had to be good, right?! Although it was tough, I think our self made impromptu workout was harder. Yesterday, Lauren, Kahlyn and I finally decided to leave the house long enough to get a little workout in at out gym. It was packed! So I did squats, lunges, crunches, and a few weights and called it a day. Finally, today it was nice enough out to go running, and I loved the fresh air! Caitlyn and I did a total of 2.76 miles in 32 minutes, but we had to walk a half of a mile where there was still snow and ice behind buildings.
I am starting to really enjoy running outside. I clears my heads, it’s relaxing, and I’m not cursing every step of the way. That is a HUGE improvement from my first run in November! February 1st will be 3 months since my total body transformation and I couldn’t be happier! I have started to see where the weight is gone and everything is just a little thinner. I am 17 pounds down after 3 months, so I can’t wait to see what I am 6 months down!!