Friday, March 22, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This was the first race in a while that Daniel did not run with me, but he drove me to the race and agreed to be an awesome spectator and take pictures of me. I got to the race site to pick up my packet an hour before the race. This was plenty of time…maybe too much time, but luckily we got to chill inside the convention center until the race began. I did a 5 minute warm-up plus some strides outside as the race got closer. I made sure to stretch really well. The mantra in my head was 9:20, which would be the perfect pace to be right under 58 minutes.
The last 2 miles were downhill since this was a repeat of the first two miles in reverse. There were 2 girls in front of me that I was determined to pass before the finish and I eventually did. The finish was a little crowded because the 5k participants were finishing in the same area. I knew I was well under my goal of 58 minutes. My official time came in at 55:34. I demolished my previous PR!
Overall, I felt really strong in this race. My endurance training has definitely been paying off. In 2 short months, I improved my 10k time by almost 3 minutes! That’s amazing! This is the last event I’m competing in before my half marathon on April 14, but I feel ready. This will be my first half that I will actually be able to run without having to run/walk. It will be the most well trained I’ve been for that distance. I can’t wait!
Did anyone else race this weekend?
Monday, March 4, 2013
1. Run 70 miles.
I was 2 miles short of this goal. I blame the short month (28 days…who thought of that?!). I also devoted two evenings to try out swimming laps at a local pool in place of running. I welcomed the variety to my workouts so my joints got a break and my muscles were challenged in a new way. I have also re-evaluated my half marathon training plan and I am confident I can surpass 70 miles in March.
2. Do yoga or extra stretching for 60 minutes each week.
Check! I penciled in the minutes I was stretching each day in my workout log and was surprised how challenging it was to get to 60 minutes each week. It was well worth the effort. I was even rewarded by the Flexible February challenge from Fitting It All In. I won a NuNaturals prize package.
3. Complete a plank a day for 5 days each week.
Check! I wasn’t always good at checking in on twitter, but I would put a plank at the end of each workout (5 times a week!). I even noticed some abs poking out in the middle of the month. I want to continue strengthening my core.
4. Complete 3 fitmixer workouts each week.
This quickly dropped from 3 to 2 to 1 to ZERO. I’m not entirely sure why I lost motivation in this department. I do know I had a lot of social commitments after work this month and since I didn’t want to skip runs, my boot camp workouts often got cancelled. To remedy this, I need to start working out in the morning and schedule my workouts at the beginning of the week and actually write them down so I am committed. More about revamping my workout outlook soon.
5. Eat 3 servings of vegetables each day.
I give myself half a check for this goal. I got a lot better about adding more vegetables to my lunches and other meals, but I still want to eat a larger variety of vegetables. My habit is to reach for starches before leafy greens. I think I will keep this on my goal list for one more month.