Thursday, July 24, 2008

C25K: W2D3, Thursday, July 24, 2008

And week 2 is finished with today's workout!

I struggled in the middle 2 intervals, but did complete all running intervals (though someone who really runs would say I was probably shuffling more than jogging). Now it's on to W3D1 in Maine on Saturday. Looking forward to that, if only for a change of scenery. I will say, though, that I'm going to miss the bike path for running when I move.

I'm a little nervous about Week 3 - but what was going through my head when I felt like I was struggling this morning was, "At least you're healthy enough to be out here complaining about running! If Karen can finish a half-marathon with an injury, you can certainly power your way through a few 90-second (or 3 minute) intervals." And so it went, and I finished the workout.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

And congratulations to Karen for running the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half-Marathon in support of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation this past Sunday! With friends who have run a 10k race and a half-marathon recently, I have no excuse for not doing my C25K workouts.

I figured out that if I just do a C25K workout every other day, I will finish the program on Thursday, September 4, just in time to run the race on Sunday, Sept. 7.

I felt so much better today mentally knowing I'd done my workout this morning. You'd think that would propel me out the door on the mornings when I have a workout scheduled.

Ah, well, no sense dwelling on what I didn't do, and focus on what I want to do for the next month and a few weeks! Looking forward to my run/walk on Thursday!

C25K: W2D2, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Well, hello there! It's been 20 days since I did a C25K workout. As disgusted as I am with myself over that fact, I just need to let that go and keep on moving.

Beautiful morning to go out for a run. Decided to try a different podcast, and I liked the music quite a bit.

6 intervals of 90-second runs followed by 2 minutes of walking, plus 5 min walk to warmup and cooldown.

2.34 miles.

I already have running clothes packed for my trip to Maine this weekend, and will be running on the path in the Back Bay on Saturday morning. I might sneak in a run on the beach on Sunday morning, too.

W2D3 on Thursday. And on to week 3 on Saturday! I'm going to try to do workouts every other day to catch up a little on my slackerness of late.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tag! I'm it!

From Karen:

Copy the rules (or your version of them) and the set of questions onto your blog post, provide your own answers and then tag at least 5 new people. If tagged, you’ll find your name at the end of this post.

To be sure everyone tagged knows they’ve been invited to play, go to their blogs and leave them a comment notifying and referring them to your blog for details.

Lastly, once the chosen have answered the questions on their own blog, they should come back to yours to tell you.

Here are my responses.

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?

Completely nonexistent. I've always said I hated running. I feel ungainly when I run, all limbs that don't know how to work together. And I would have felt that even more so 10 years ago, when I weighed somewhere north of 200 lbs and was in horrible physical shape. I found racewalking in 2002 as a result of wanting to move more quickly without resorting to running.

2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?

I haven't run a race yet. I'm supposed to do that in less than 2 months! But I racewalked (and jogged, a little bit) most of the competitive 4-mile course of Racine's Lighthouse Run a few weeks ago. This is what inspired me to try C25K, seriously this time. Being surrounded by all of these runners made me want to run a race and finish it. Which I am currently slightly failing at, but that's another story, and I'm nowhere near epic fail status, so I just need to climb back on the wagon.

3. Why do you run?

Running, for me, represents stepping outside of my physical comfort zone. I can bench press 45-50 lbs reliably. I can do back and front and overhead squats with a 45# bar. I can do jumping pullups, and modified pushups, and air squats. I know how to do a clean and a jerk and a push-press and a deadlift. I finally learned how to swim a few months ago. I have racewalked a 10:30/mile pace. I can push myself physically. And every time I was confronted with the 400-yd run in a Crossfit workout, I would groan, cringe, think about running, and then racewalk instead. When I start Crossfit again in September, I want to be able to run the running portions of workouts. Doesn't have to be quickly, but I want to solidly be able to run them.

4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given about running?

The best thing I've seen is for motivation - if you want to give up, allow yourself to do that once you get through the next 30 seconds, to the next curve in the road, till the next song comes on the ipod. More often than not, once you get there, you'll renegotiate the next possible stopping point. And you won't stop until you're done. It works for me.

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.

I've gained almost 20 lbs. in the last year. I will have been away from Crossfit for a year by the time I get back to a Crossfit affiliate. Part of my struggles in the last year with my weight have been because of leaving Crossfit Milwaukee. I tried to find ways to motivate myself toward physical activity on my own, but it all fell apart because it wasn't Crossfit. I am hoping that C25K will provide a reasonable substitute in the next couple of months. I have resolved to walk into Windy City Crossfit in September and go through the beginner program again (after a year, I've lost all that I built up over 4 months last year) and start reliably doing workouts.

I want to do, with C25K, what I did with Crossfit - stick with it and see the results. I'm trying to find a way to get workouts in and still work the hours I need to at work. This week, work's been winning. Hoping to get out for a run tomorrow at least.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Musings on C25K pacing

I just calculated it out -- if I actually manage to keep on pace and don't repeat anything in C25k, I will finish C25k on August 25. That means 5 of my last 6 workouts will be while we're in CA for the wedding/honeymoon. :) The last 3 workouts are all 30 min runs. Then I'll do 4 more 30 min runs through the following Wednesday. I'll take it easy Friday, and run the race Sunday. :)

But that also means I can repeat a week somewhere in here if I need to and still complete the program before my race.

Oh, my new running shoes are the Asics Gel Cumulus 10. I also got some Wigwam running socks, and the combination is making my feet happy. No blisters yet, which I would have noticed, even on these short days, if something wasn't right with the combo.

C25K: W2D1 - Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Yay! Week 2 has begun. And I completed Day 1 of it! Beautiful morning out there - worked out between 5:40 & 6:10 am. (wanted to take photos, but I have enough to do to concentrate on running. Can't shoot photos: running.)

Completed 6 90-second intervals of running, alternated with 2 minute walks, and a 5 min warmup & about 7 min cooldown. Total distance: 2.45 miles.

A little bit of a push to get through the 90 second jogging intervals, but not too bad. Felt good out there. Shin wasn't really giving me lots of problems, though I will try the toe taps to strengthen things.

Monday, June 30, 2008

C25K: W1D3, Monday, 6/30/08

And today was day 3 of week 1 of C25K. I was supposed to complete day 3 yesterday, but I napped instead of running. And I'd rather be on a M/W/F schedule anyway.

I went 2.29 miles in 30 minutes (5 min walk for warmup, 8 intervals of 60-second run and 90-second walk, and 5 min walk for cooldown). Beautiful afternoon for a workout between 5:10 and 5:40 pm along Racine's lakefront.

We'll see how day 1 of week 2 goes on Wednesday.

Biked for an hour at the Y while waiting to go to yoga class. And yoga has been cancelled. It's the summer slowdown where enrollments are lower because people are doing other activities. So, no more yoga for me until I move to Chicago. At least now I know I want to continue doing it.

My exercise-induced asthma flared up a bit. I've been able to hold off on using my inhaler thus far tonight, which is a good sign.

Oh! I got new running shoes. They're Asics, which is a brand I have never worn, but today was the first workout with them and thus far, they seem to work fine. They're an 8.5W, which I have a harder time finding. My beloved New Balance 763s, which I wear for racewalking, are 9M. My right shin was bothering me a little today, and I suspect it's adjustment to running more than the new shoes, since I noticed it a little bit on my workout last Thursday.

I imagine my legs are going to hurt tomorrow. It's a good kind of pain. It tells me I'm doing something active. :)