Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love the Run You're With 5k

I had a great run today.

Matt and I got to Pentagon city at about 8:15. We went to Champps restaurant to stay warm - it was chilly this am.

I decided to go ahead and get in line to go pee, since it was about 20 girls deep and took about 15 mins (of course there was no line for the mens room)

Good thing I did, because when I left the restaurant to go take a warmup run, the line was three times as long.

I wanted to get a mile warm up in, but time was a little close for me, so I ran to the start line, and ended up running .75 mile.

While I wanted a PR in this race, I wasn't going to push it to get it. My last (and first 5k) I started the first mile or so at insane speed (7:30 min miles) and hit the wall hard. While I finished with a good time - I walked a lot, and had a horrible race.

I didn't PR, but that was fine with me. I ran a good, strong race and enjoyed myself start to finish.

I was a little worried, because when we go to the mall parking lot, I realized I didn't have my headphones, so my ipod was useless. I always run with music, so I was worried that I would struggle without it.

I didn't. I enjoyed myself even without music. I listened to people's conversations as I ran near them, and then when they bored me I passed them :-D.

The course was basically run 1.5 miles away, turn around and come back. I liked getting to see the people as they were running back. Even if the first person got to me before I had even gotten to 1 mile! The winner finished in under 15 mins! Insane!

As I was running, a guy running the other way wearing a University of Miami hat pointed at my shirt and said something (but I didn't catch it) I don't run outside in the cold, so I don't have cold weather running gear except running tights I bought last year for this race. (I didn't get to run it) Anyway, I wore the only long sleeve t-shirt I have, which is my A.C.'s Icees shirt.

A.C. is this old dude that sells the best frozen lemonade I have ever had, EVER - out of his truck in this little park in Miami. That guy knows what's up! (Now I need to go to FL and get me some AC)

I finished in 33:18:72 according to my watch
Mile 1- 11:10:73
Mile 2- 10:37:24
Mile 3- 10:19:94
.15- 1:10:81

The official results said I finished in 33:19:00.

Sounds good to me!

Fun race! Not too cold (thank god no rain/snow) I was actually hot running the last mile or so. Will certainly run this fun run again next year. Maybe with some friends (hint hint)

Saturday, February 5, 2011


I finally pretended that I didn't care and went to a Zumba class.

It was quite fun. I was HILARIOUSLY BAD!

Seriously. I have 2 left feet, limited rhythm and not great coordination. (OK - why the heck did I want to try this in the first place?!)

I positioned myself in front of the section of wall without a mirror. If I had to see how ridiculous I looked I think I would have been self conscious about it and given up.

I did alright. I think if I kept with it I could learn the routines. The girls in the class have been taking it for months, so they start to learn the routines.

So I was trying, I could get my feet to do MOST of the things I wanted. I had to forget about using my hands for most of the routines. But towards the ends of the songs I would get some arm motions in there too. Then towards the end, this song came on.

Everyone started giggling... (that should have been a sign!)

The instructor was right in front of me (yay I could see her feet and figure it out!) Then she started moving her hips/butt in ways my hips/butt don't move. Seriously. I have tried again in the bathroom alone, I don't jiggle like that. I tried to keep up and just go with it, I was dying laughing!

Here is a video of the choreography that they did for the last song. Seriously, how do people move their butts like that? I am slightly jealous.

So I did it, I took a Zumba class. I think after my race I am going to sign up for more classes and keep at it. But right now I want to focus on my running. Cross that off the 2011 Goals list!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January Review and February Goals

Today is February 1. Time to check in on some of my goals for the month and the year. 

January Goals:

Run 40 miles ( I ran 40.5! WOO!)
Strength 1x a week (yea this didn't really happen - but it will in Feb!)
yoga 1x a week ( not actual yoga, but I spent 15ish mins 4 or 5 days a week stretching- thats something)

2011 Goals

  • Run a 5k and PR in it (running one on 2/13!! EEK)
  • Run my first 10k
  • Run my first 10 miler ( signed up and currently training)
  • Run another half marathon and PR
  • Run outside more 
  • Do yoga 1x a week 
  • Get over my fear and try a Zumba class (Going with a friend this Thursday!!! EEEEK)
  • Do some form of strength work 1x a week ( see above)
  • Run 1000 miles this year (957.5 to go!!)
  • Take vitamins daily (I have been doing better with this, probably take it 75% of the time)
  • Drink water at restaurants (Probably 90% of the time! I ordered a diet rootbeer once that was exciting!)
  • 1 vegetable and 1 fruit with dinner daily (doing a good job adding fruits and veggies into my meals)
  • Healthier snacking (meh - but a lot of the Christmas candy is gone so that is good!)
  • Only drinking diet soda ( which means I won't order soda out at restaurants because I only like diet sunkist , diet mt dew and diet A&W rootbeer) (we only buy diet so i only drink it!)
  • Fold the clothes the day I wash them (or if I put them in the dryer before I go to bed - right away the next day) and put them away (started strong - then I let 2 loads sit for 3 days)
  • Clean up dinner dishes before bed (been trying to do this, unfortunately things have been  working out so that I run the DW as I make dinner, so I have to wait to load it the next day after work. 
  • Eat dinner at dinner table (which means keeping it free of clutter!!) (EH - it has its days)
  • Keep the clutter under control! No more piles! ( I think it is better than it used to be - still a little cluttered. Luckily I went through and got rid of a ton of stuff on Jan 1.)
  • Read every night before bed (doing ok but not every night - see below)
  • Go to sleep earlier (yea, no.Fail.)
  • Read at least 15 books from my list (still working on 1984 - switched to audio book and listen to it home from work everyday. Starting a new one soon)

  • February Goals
  • PR my 5k
  • Run 60 miles
  • Run with music more days than with tv.
  • Strength training at least 1 x a week.
  • Pack a healthy lunch everyday ( I typically take a lunch, but sometimes I scramble and take crap)