This past Sunday, the day before Marathon Monday, I ran the Patriotic 5k with Andrew and our friend Lucas. It was a hot day, up around 80 degrees, and boy did we feel sluggish. Despite feeling sluggish, we all ran a pretty good race. Lucas ran phenomenally fast, coming in 21st place with a time of 24:46. Crazy man. Andrew and I ran together, as we always do, and were convinced we were taking at least 40 minutes to complete the thing. But, despite our ill-feelings, we set a PR for ourselves: 35:38. That’s an 11:30 min/mile pace, which is better than our last 5k which was a bit over a 12 min/mile pace. Regardless of the results, we all had fun being outside and being active, and that’s really what it’s all about – isn’t it?
In the winter, my love for outdoor running goes on hiatus. Sure, some people like to bundle up with the gloves and hat and multiple layers and go for their run like nothing’s changed. Some people don’t like to bundle up, but do it anyway. Personally, nothing makes me want to stop running more than cold weather, rain, snow. So, I bring my running inside. I hate the treadmill, but I hate freezing to death more.
Now that it’s almost April and the weather is getting warmer-ish, it’s time to get myself back outside, back to nature. I’m bringing myself back by running the Patriotic 5K road race in Medford, MA. This race (well, race for everyone else – leisurely jog for me), runs on parts of the route Paul Revere rode in April 1775 on his way to Lexington to warn that the British were coming. The run also goes past several historic homes, West Medford Square, Oak Grove Cemetary, and parts of the Historic Middlesex Fells reservation.
Here are the deets:
Date: Sunday April 15, 2012
Start Time: 11 AM, registration opens at 9:00 AM
Location: American Legion Post 45, 321 Winthrop St, Medford, MA
Entrance Fee: $25. If you register by April 1, you get a race t-shirt! If you register on race-day, it’s $30, so do just register now
Where to register/find more information: Patriotic 5K
If you’re interesting in running the day after your crazy Halloween Saturday night, sign up for the Bill’s Pizzeria 5k! I know, I know, running hungover and still in your costume might not be your cup of tea, but it should be!
When: Sunday, October 30, 9 am
Where: Mason Rice Elementary School, Newton Centre
Why: To support the Travis Roy Foundation! And to go on a fun run, in costume. And to have a crazy pizza party at Bill’s Pizzeria after the run.
Get more info by following @billsnewton on Twitter
Inspired by my last 3.1 mile adventure, I’m signing up for another 5k – the Bill’s Pizzeria 5k
This 5k on October 30 starts and ends at the Mason Rice Elementary school in Newton Centre. It’s sure to be a ridiculous event. Costumes are encouraged (not sure how well a costume would stand up to my sweaty self at the end of a 5k) and a portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Travis Roy Foundation.
The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible.
-Travis Roy Foundation Mission Statement
This is definitely a worthwhile cause and one that I will be proud to support.
Get more information and sign up for the Bill’s 5k here:
Learn more about the Travis Roy Foundation here:
Hope to see you out there!
As some of you may or may not remember, I signed up to run a 5k a few weeks back only to have my plans ruined by Hurricane Irene. Well this past Saturday, I finally ran my first 5k, and it was amazing!
I set out with only one goal in mind: run the whole thing, do not walk at all.
I accomplished my goal! Was I as slow as a snail? Likely. I came in 370th place. It took me 37 minutes even. I’m over it. I don’t even care. What I do care about? I didn’t walk a single step – not on the steep uphills, or the long flats, or the downhills – solid running baby.
I also accomplished two other goals that I didn’t even know I wanted to accomplish. The first was running without any music. I guess I always used music as a crutch that would prevent me from hearing my own tired, labored, gasping breathing toward the end of my runs. This time, I didn’t need it.
Secondly, and most importantly, I actually ran next to someone and talked to them the whole time. Andrew decided that he wanted to run next to me for the entire race, which I initially thought was going to be obnoxious because he keeps a much faster pace than I, and I didn’t want to feel like I was dragging him down. After about 10 you-can-go-ahead-if-you-wants and I-don’t-want-to-slow-you-downs, I finally got the message that he wasn’t going anywhere. So we started talking and cracking jokes (like we always do while not-running) and it was great! The conversation and company made the run so much more enjoyable. I was shocked that I wasn’t ever so out of breath that I couldn’t talk. I’d always heard about people running together, but I NEVER thought that would be me. Until this past Saturday. Mission I didn’t know I wanted to accomplish, accomplished.
So, at the Somerville Homeless Coalition 5k, in 37:00 minutes, I learned not only that I could complete a 5k without walking, but also that I could complete a 5k without walking, without music, with conversation, and with much happiness.
With the help of my friends on MFP over the past few days, I’ve come to the conclusion that I will not continue to train for a 10k or a half-marathon. This was a hard decision to come to as I really feel like I’m letting myself down and giving up. With the help of others, though, I’ve realized that I’m not giving up, and I shouldn’t feel like I’m letting myself down.
Let me explain. I’ve been an “all or nothing” kind of person my whole life. I go big, or go home. I don’t try, I do. And when I stop doing something before I feel I’ve completed it, well, I don’t do that. If I know I won’t complete something, I just won’t start it in the first place. When I do something, I commit to it.
Along with my “all or nothing” attitude (that often negatively impacts my weight loss), if there’s one thing I’ve truly learned from journey, it’s that in order to be successful I have to enjoy what I’m doing. The Atkins diet never worked because I love carbs. Weight Watchers never worked because I didn’t understand how to calculate points and it just seemed silly to pay for a program that essentially counts calories for you. Using the elliptical never worked because my feet always go numb (weird, huh?).
Running was one thing that, with the help of C25k, I learned to really enjoy. I loved the process, and subsequently I now love to run 5k’s. Even on the hardest days of C25k, I really enjoyed myself. But, I started Bridge to 10k, and I have to be honest – I didn’t love it. But I started it, and the “all or nothing” in me told me to keep going. I started it, and I had to finish it. So I kept going. But the more I kept going, the less and less I enjoyed what I was doing, and the more and more I started having excuses for why I couldn’t run on particular days – the run takes an hour and I only have 45 minutes, I need to shower before I go to XYZ place, I’m sick, I’m tired, I’ll just eat really well today.
After I did convince myself to run on particular days, my body doesn’t feel the way it used to when I ran. The way my body feels after I’m on the treadmill for an hour isn’t that invigorating endorphin high I always got from running for 35-40 minutes. It’s pain. It’s my aching knees and cramping calves. It’s relief when the run is over because I’ve been bored for the last 15 minutes. It’s anxiety knowing that the next day I’ll barely be able to walk. And you know, I don’t like that. With the help of my friends on MFP, I’ve realized that there is nothing wrong with running as long as I feel, or as short as I feel, on any given day. I do not have to follow any program other than the one my body lays out for me. I will listen to my body, and run as much as I want, whenever I want.
And for leaving my “all or nothing” mentality in the dust? For once in my life, I’m fine with that.
As you may or may not know, I finished C25K last week. Now I’m venturing into the land of B210K (or Bridge to 10K). I finished week 1 of B210K yesterday and let me just say, my body is not happy. I can feel my genetics are fighting me every step of the way.
Lauren. What are you doing? You know Murphy’s were never meant to be runners. I’m proving this to you by making your knees feel like rubber and your body incapable of moving. And your lungs? Yeah I’m setting those on fire.
Well, genetics. I’m fighting back. In my three days of running for week 1, I ran 4.1 miles, 3.8 miles, and 4.2 miles. That’s a lot of miles for someone who despised running a mere two months ago. I will continue to keep you updated on my progress, and I’ll be sure to let you know if I’m ever able to overcome my genetics – which I don’t actually see as a possibility, but oh well. What are you gonna do?
For next week. I will complete week 2 of B210K (15 min run/1 min walk, x3). Woo!
[Weight loss side note: my weight is back down to where it was pre-Jessie's visit. Which is a good thing. Check out my MFP profile for updates.
I am SO bummed right now. I was so amped and ready to run my first 5K on Sunday and due to possible hurricane conditions here in Boston it’s been reschedule. To next Sunday. When I will be in Chicago.
Obviously I am SUPER excited about Andrew and my Chicago trip, but I am really upset that I won’t be able to participate in the 5K. This race was going to be the start of many races to come for me, proving to me once and for all that I can run in races with other people and that I am in good enough shape to keep up. But alas, looks like this validation will have to wait for another day. Sadness.
On a happier note, I think I’m going to start Bridge to 10K today. The program for today is run 10 min, walk 1 minute, four times. That’s 40 minutes of total running time. I’m excited to see how I do.
On Friday, when my sister was here, we went to the gym and I FINISHED C25K. I am so happy to have accomplished this feat. It’s been a long time since I put my mind to something and saw it all the way through, so to have finished this program feel great. It feels awesome to go out and run for 30 minutes and not even think twice about it. I know I can do it, and knowing that I can do it helps me to know that I’ll also be able to do the Bridge to 10K program, start to finish.
My first 5K (The Tavern to Tavern 5K) is on Sunday and there’s supposed to be a hurricane here! Oh well. I’ll be running rain or shine. The race should be really fun. I’m running with Andrew, Rob, and our friend Lucas (shoutout), and even though I’ll definitely be slower than them I know they’re proud of me that I’m even doing the race at all. If you’d have asked me 3 months ago if I ever thought I would run a road race, I would have told you absolutely not. It feels great to know that I have such an awesome support system going into Sunday, and I know it’ll be a ton of fun (especially at the post-race party).
If you want to sign up for the Tavern to Tavern 5K, there are still open spots! Sign up soon, though, cause they’re going fast.
So yesterday I officially finished C25K week 8. Only one more week left to go in the program before I start Bridge to 10K. I actually think I am going to start week 9 this week and finish the program a little early. I love being able to run a full 30 minutes without having to stop. It really feels rewarding considering where I was 9 weeks ago (couldn’t run more than 3 minutes without stopping). My cardio has improved greatly and even when my heart rate is high during my runs (usually around high 170s), it still feels manageable.
I just checked out the Bridge to 10K and found out it’s only a 6 week program, but it seems really do-able. The first week I have to run 10 min/walk 1 min, x4. I feel like I could do that in my sleep. But, similar to C25K, I am going to follow the program exactly. Even if I feel like I can do more, I need to trust that the program will help me gradually build up to running a 10K. Gradually building up to the longer distance will really make for a more enjoyable experience overall (just like C25K did). I never dread my workouts and that’s something I definitely want to keep up as I move forward with my running.
On the weight loss front, I lost another 2 lbs this week. I have now lost a total of 25 lbs since last February and I definitely plan to keep it up. I’m hoping to lose another 1-2 lbs by early/mid next week. If I keep up the running and keep my eating super healthy on the days I don’t run, I know I can do it.
Speaking of healthy eating, I made amazing, lean Chipotle Burgers for dinner last night. Recipe (and hopefully pics) to follow…