Tonight was our last group run before the 5K on Saturday. This run was not time based rather the goal was to run 3 miles no matter how long it took. This is the first time I’ve run three miles in almost a year…wow! I had to stop for 4 walk breaks but I finished the 3 miles in 38:54. Not bad, now I have a goal to try to beat on Saturday.
I looked back over my runs the last 12 weeks and my pace seems to be getting slower…not exactly what I had in mind; I think it’s because I’m taking more walk breaks than I used to so of course my average pace is going to be slower. I guess I can always work on speed once I get the distance down.
The weather forecast for the 5K is looking promising – low 50′s with a slight chance of rain. At least it’s not going to be freezing…yay! ttfn
It’s just been too cold and wet for me to run outside for my last two workouts. I was in Maryland last weekend with the temps in the 20′s (wind chill in the teens) and I’m a big sissy when it gets that cold! At these times, the treadmill is my friend
For my Run with God group meeting on Tues, it was in the low 40′s and driving rain…no way was I running outside (and the rest of the group felt the same). Although, I must fess up: I was supposed to run on the treadmill when I got home from the meeting but my ‘lazy evil twin’ talked me out of it – dang her!
So my last run was yesterday morning - and although it wasn’t raining, I chose to run on the treadmill in the garage. The outside temps were in the low 30′s but it was a toasty 54 in the garage so I was quite comfortable. The program has us running for 30 minutes now however I still need to stop for short breaks, still overall my pace is not bad.
Next weekend (12/7) is our group 5K so I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be!
I missed a few run dates with my Run for God group last week…Tues 11/12 because it was just too dang cold and wet (I later found out they didn’t run either) and again on Thur 11/14 because I was just too dang lazy! I did muster up the energy to get out this morning to run with the group and I was glad I did! The temp was in the upper 50′s so I got warmed up pretty quickly. We’re on week 9 which has us running 23 minutes, however I stopped to walk twice for about 2 mins each time. Overall, still not a bad average time
I’ve worn my new Muzino Wave Rider 16 shoes for the last two runs and although I don’t notice any big difference during my runs, I have noticed that my feet are not cramping after the run…hmmm, interesting. I’ve got about 3 weeks until our group 5K (ACC Championship 5K) so I really need to start buckling down if I want to ‘run’ the whole 5K. Wish me luck!
Believe it or not I’m still meeting with my running group and we’re in week 8 of the Run for God program which is to run 20 mins for all three workouts…and…I did it! What has really helped is that the group is now meeting 3 times a week to run together…I fear I would not have completed all three workouts if it weren’t for that. My times have been a little all over the place but today’s run was my fastest…yay!
I also went to a sports store last week and got evaluated for what type of running shoe I need. I’ve been using stability shoes just because I thought I needed them and come to find out, I don’t. They recorded my feet while running on a treadmill and I don’t pronate (ankles roll in) or supinate (ankles roll out) while I run so I’ve been using a shoe with too much support. I tried on several pairs of ‘neutral’ shoes and like the Muzino Wave Rider 16 the best. I’ve used them for the last two runs and although I don’t notice much difference during the run, I do feel better afterward.
Believe it or not, I’m still attending the Run for God group meetings. I have a habit of starting but not finishing so I’m encouraged that I haven’t given up. Our group meets on Tuesdays and after our meeting we go for the prescribed run. We’re on Week 7, Day 1 (that’s actually W5D1 in the C25K program) which is a warmup then three 5 min run segments separated by 3 min walks. I find that it’s easier for me to complete the workout when I do it with someone else…I’m not sure if it’s the distraction or the peer pressure but I don’t start negotiating with myself about whether I need to stop during the last run. And not only did I complete the whole workout but I carried on a conversation while doing it! A new skill for me! LOL.
My intervals got a little screwed up on the second run segment, not sure what happened but I know I did NOT run a 5 min segment at 10:11 – the map shows that segment covering a different route so that’s how I know something went haywire – oh well.
I know I haven’t written about running for a few weeks but I’ve been keeping up…for the most part.
I’ve had three trips in the last 3 weeks which has put a bit of a wrench in my plans. I drove to Maryland for my grandson’s first birthday party on Sep 28th. I had to make the trip alone because my husband came down with shingles a few days before the trip. It wasn’t too bad driving the 7 hours alone, I just rolled the widows down and turned the radio up. The bad part was the turn around time - I drove up on Friday and back on Sunday because I had to fly to OH on Monday…that part wasn’t fun at all.
I was in OH until Wed for a business meeting and then I was settled for a couple of weeks. Last week I was in Chicago for a quick business trip – in on Tues and out on Wed but it was a bit frustrating because I experienced quite a few issues with my flights; I won’t bore you with the details
So I told you all that just to let you know that I’m on track with the Run for God program even though I’ve missed a few meetings with the group.
I finally finished my pair of socks….they’ve been on the needles for months – first one then the other. From now on I’m going to do two-at-a-time because I lose steam after the first sock is finished and the second one comes very slowly.