Monday, September 23, 2013

5K Update 9-23-13

The END is in sight!!

Week 7

Day 3

35 minutes 2.06 miles   114 calories

5 minute walk, 25 minute run, 5 minute walk.  Seriously??  I was shocked when I saw the 25 minute run pop up on the screen but you know what?  I did it!!  I ran the entire 25 minutes.  After 22 minutes I SO wanted to stop but I just kept going and pushing, and panting, and I did it!!

Week 8

The end is in sight! 

Day 1

38 minutes

2.15 miles   130 calories

5 minute walking warm up, 28 (Holy Crap) minute run, 5 minute walking cool down.    Honestly, it took a lot to drag myself up off the sofa and get on that treadmill tonight.  I did not feel like running.  Not a good attitude going in, I know.  I did fine until I was 23 minutes into the running part and I felt like I hit a brick wall.  It was tough to do the last 5 minutes of the run.  I slowed down and did a little speed walking for 1 minute of it and then forced myself to finish up the run.  When am I going to start liking this?  Ever?  I just do not like this.  I hate it.  Oh God how I hate this.   Afterwards I figured out that I actually RAN 1.78 miles during the 28 minute running part.  I have no idea if that's good or if it sucks.  I just know that I RAN 1.78 miles straight.  Did I mention how much I hate this?


40 minutes

2.39 miles and 146 calories

5 minutes walking warm up, 30 minutes running,  5 minutes walking cool down.  Well, I didn't think it was possible for me to run for 30 minutes straight, but I was determined to do it.  Today was the first time where I felt like I found my “legs” after the first 5 minutes of running.  Usually my calves feel weak and I struggle with running the first 10 minutes, but today I felt stronger much sooner.  I ran a steady 3.8 on the treadmill and did fine until the last 3 minutes of the run.  By then I was getting tired.  Tony must have sensed it because he came into the room and stood next to the treadmill and cheered me on with encouraging words.  That was a huge help!  The last 2 minutes I just shouted out 1,2,3,4, 1,2,3,4 constantly in time with my steps.  And I did it!!  Woo-hoo only one official day left on the program, altho at this point I don’t see how that will equate to a 5K.  I’m still way too slow and too far from the 3.1 miles yet.  But we’ll see.  I’m averaging 15 minute miles and I know now that is a HORRIBLE speed.  But I think I’ll keep plodding along until I actually run the entire 5K and then maybe I’ll try increasing my speed.  OMG - does that mean I am actually considering continuing with this once the program is done??

Well, tomorrow I'll do the last official day of the program.  I shudder to think what that's going to entail.


  1. I really admire you for this! To keep going even though you hate it takes some strong will power. Wow! I am so impressed. I hate to run. I always have. It's always kicked my butt :P

  2. Good job! Progress - woo hoo!! I still think you should sign up for a 5K race or at least run your 5k outside. It's much more pleasant than a treadmill. I hope you don't give up running once your training session is done.

  3. AMAZing!! You are absolutely amazing!!!


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