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Mission Accomplished: Running My First 5k

24 Mar
Post-run Victory Chug!

Post-run Victory Chug!

It’s taken me a week to make this post, but here it finally is: my post-5k write-up!

Last weekend (Saturday March 16, 2013), I ran my first 5k: the St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville in Dallas. I was excited to sport my super festive, hand-made tutu. I even took a personal day the day before so I could stay home and make it! Well that wasn’t the only reason… I felt like I needed a personal day to just relax and get some things done.

By the way, if you need directions on how to make a running tutu, I used this one. Super easy.. and pretty fun. But word to the wise: if you’re using tulle that has glitter in it (cus who the fuck doesn’t want to sparkle?), the glitter WILL get EVERYWHERE. And the glitter will ALSO ruin your brand new compression shorts that you’re wearing under said tutu. JUST SAYING.

Back to the 5k. The race started at 8 AM (well, not really… that’s just when it was scheduled to start), and registration began at 7 AM. I had planned to pick-up my race packet the day before, but then I learned that it was already too late and I’d have to pick it up before the race. Whoopsies.

With the goal to arrive around 7 AM for registration, I got up at 5:30 AM so I could eat a yummy breakfast of greek yogurt + frozen berries + flax meal, and get myself ready.

My mom came with me to the 5k. I wasn’t running it with anyone, and I appreciated having someone with me for my first race to hang out with. I know my mom liked showing her support, and I know she’s proud of me. I definitely won’t drag her to any more races though!

We left the house around 6:15 to catch the light rail train that went to the event. No way in HELL was I going to deal with driving/parking in that area. I am so glad we took the mass trans option of getting there. It seemed to be a very popular choice… the train was PACKED full of people going to the 5k.

We got to the station of the event and trekked over to the registration/event site. I got my bib (and felt sooooo official). We had plenty of time to just stand around and chill for a while… eventually time grew close to the start of the race so I went to go stand in the assembly of other runners while my mom went off and did… I have no idea what.

I didn’t really talk to any of the other runners around me… nobody was particularly talkative. I was kind of nervous before the race started… I guess I just didn’t know what to expect. I had my music with me, but had realized on the way to the race that I accidentally left the mp3 player on and connected to my computer all night (while the computer was on standby), resulting in a dead mp3 player. I was pretty pissed about having to run without my music, but to to be honest… I’m glad I didn’t have it on during the actual run. It was cool to just hear everyone around me — other runners breathing hard, the jingle-jangle of crazy outfit components, and the cheers of people watching from the sidelines. I think I’ll leave my mp3 player at home for future 5ks.

The experience of the run was overall good. There was more up-hill than I’m used to, so that made it a little difficult. But having a huge group of people with you, also running the same course, made it an enjoyable experience.

My time ended up being 32:51 according to my chip. I don’t think that’s too bad, considering how crowded the run was (which slows you down in the beginning especially), and the up-hill parts.

Overall, my first 5k was pretty good! I plan to run more in the future. I celebrated with a burrito from Chipotle, and a 3 hour nap. Both were GLORIOUS.





The best workout songs and playlists for your running pace | Workout songs and playlists – jog.fm

27 Feb

The best workout songs and playlists for your running pace | Workout songs and playlists – jog.fm.

I find 180 bpm to be quite helpful in keeping my strides quick. This looks like an excellent resource for getting more songs to run with.

4 Miles!

25 Feb

Today I ran 4 miles! It went pretty well — no need for walking, and the last mile actually felt pretty good! 

I am trying to diversify my running work-outs now. Tuesdays are my 3 mile runs where I just try to run a good steady pace — I guess as fast as I can really. Thursdays will be my interval days where I alternate sprints with either walking or jogging. And Sundays are my distance days — where I will add .5-1 mile each week. The emphasis isn’t on time, but distance.


I did my first interval run on Thursday last week, and I’m not sure if I really pushed myself enough. I alternated 30 seconds of sprinting with 2 minutes of walking, repeated 6 times. That only came out to about 15 minutes, and I don’t think I even really got sweaty… but those last couple of sprints really killed me. I couldn’t even last the entire 30 seconds giving it 100%… so it wasn’t easy. I guess next time I might try jogging between sprints instead of walking…but jogging is hard enough as it is! 

I’m planning to run my first 5k next month and I’m hoping that incorporating sprints/intervals and increasing my distance will improve my 5k time so that I can finish under 30 minutes. The 5k is a St. Patrick’s Day one, so I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my costume/outfit. Probably more time than I should…hehe. I’m Irish, it’s my first 5k, so I feel like I gotta look cute and put the ROCK in shamrock, you know? I am seriously thinking about making one of those tutus I see so many runners wear for 5ks. If not, then I need something else that’s cool… like a cape. 

Checking-in: Yoga, Running, and a General Update

9 Feb

I think we’ve all heard about the great things yoga has to offer… flexibility… stress-reduction… whatever. I’ve had my reservations with yoga since I tried it in sophomore year of college and realized it’s actually pretty difficult. Well, for me at least. While yoga brings some people a relaxing way to work-out, it brought me to the point of popping a blood vessel under my eye from straining myself. That was a while ago though… and I figured it was time to try it again.

In my lurking around the running subreddit, someone posted about yoga and how well it compliments/improves running. A commenter posted two videos: one that’s a pre-running yoga session, and one that’s a post-running yoga session. I decided to start doing these before and after my runs. I can’t say if it’s helped much yet or not…but I still find yoga pretty difficult to do. And I figure if something is difficult or feels uncomfortable, then I should probably do it more.

Anyway, I figured I’d post these up for reference and if anyone’s interested:

Pre-run yoga

Post-run yoga

So I guess it’s probably due time for a check-in of sorts. Well it’s early February now… mid-February will mark the 10-month mark of living health-fully. I’m a few pounds away from the 100-lb weight loss mark. I plan to celebrate the 100-pound mark with sky-diving… or something else cool and adventurous.

I’m still running three times a week… 3 miles each time. I haven’t tried running over 3 miles yet… I just don’t really feel interested in doing a lot of distance right now. I’d like to break 30 minutes soon, and the closest I’ve come is 31:51 for 3 miles. Maybe my first 5k race in March, I’ll break 30 min.

Still eating paleo/primal, though I’ve cheated a few times lately (Super Bowl party anyone?), and I’ve also started to incorporate Greek yogurt (Fage Total Plain) into my diet a few times a week. Yes it’s dairy, which is not ‘paleo.’ But there’s some benefits to be had with the greek yogurt. It’s got probiotics, a lot of protein in a serving, and is incredibly convenient. It’s a good snack for me when I come home at night from a work-out. There’s naturally occurring sugars (lactose), so that’s why I like to have it after a work-out… but supposedly it does spike insulin and can cause problems with weight-loss. I just wanted to try it out as a high-protein snack.

I’m now in Phase 6 of New Rules of Lifting for Women. The work-outs feel weirdly short. I’m not complaining though — the last phase had 2 minute rests between sets, so it would take me over 1.5 hours to complete my lifting work-outs. This phase only takes me about 30 minutes or so… so that’s been nice. This phase has negative chin-ups in it… which is pretty different and kind of cool. I mean, I know it’s not an actual chin-up, but I still think it’s fun to climb up on a stool and hang off a bar and pretend I’m letting myself down from doing a chin-up. Hopefully someday in the not-too-distant future, I’ll be able to actually do real chin-ups.

On the topic of strength training… a friend of mine from work (who is a guy) and I like to have random little competitions. I thought I could out-lift him in a leg press, since I lift regularly, and I’m significantly larger in size than his dainty-self. Well, I lost… he’s surprisingly strong for his size. Or maybe I’m delusional in thinking I had a chance at out-lifting a guy. But I found out I was able to lift 495 lbs on a leg-press. I could probably have done more, but I failed at the 545 mark and didn’t try anything between 495 and 545. My friend completed the 545 rep… then he proceeded to do 4 more reps to rub it in my face. I was disappointed with my loss… but at least I still whooped him in our swim-off shortly thereafter.

Am I a Runner Yet?

8 Dec

I can’t believe it’s already a week into December! Pretty soon it will be 2013 (unless the Mayans were right after all…). I guess the holiday season is in full swing, but so far it hasn’t been too bad as far as temptations go. I’ve been sticking to eating mostly healthy/paleo, and am just continuing on my way with things. 

I figured it was past-due time for a check-in on the Couch-to-5k program. Tonight I did the second work out of week 5. It involved a 5 minute walk (warm-up), 8 minutes of running, 5 minutes walking, and 8 minutes of running again. 

I know I’m not running miles yet…but I feel so encouraged when I complete my runs. I almost feel like a runner… which is something I never thought I’d become. 

The third workout for week 5 is a straight 20 minute run. I’m scared of this one… it seems like such a jump from doing 2 8 minute runs with 5 min of walking between. But I’m determined to do this.

Running is really cool. As a swimmer, I have always envied runners for a few reasons.

1. You get to listen to music while you run. When you swim, you hear just water-noise. Music is such a nice thing to have when you’re working out. Tangent: did you know that supposedly, the best bpm for running is 180? I learned this while I was looking online for good running music.

2. You get to breathe fresh air. Swimming – you breathe pool air (chlorine fumes).

3. You get to run around nice scenery, or see things. I’m fortunate to have a fairly nice running trail just 5 minutes walk from my front door. I get to see trees, ducks, geese, grass, a creek, and a monstrous display of Christmas lights! In swimming, I stare at a line at the bottom of the pool.

4. Convenience — running just takes putting on your clothes, shoes, and walking out the door. No need to travel to the gym. 

Yes, running definitely has its perks. I just look forward to when I’m at my goal weight (50 lbs lighter than what I am now); I’d imagine running will be so much easier and more enjoyable then.