Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The training has begun

Well I'm behind a week in posting due to a mini-vacation to visit a friend in PA.  But after 3 weeks of training in the running school, things are going great!  I've been meeting some of the runner girls in my group on Tuesdays for a run outside of the full group run on Thursdays.  The girls in my group are great.  Some of them are training for a half-marathon!  That's not for me at this point but kudos to them! 

Our training plan is still a run/walk for 30 minutes.  It is mostly running though usually at 8 or 9 minutes with 2 minutes or 1 minute of walking.  The time will increase as the plan continues enough to get us close to 3.12 miles for the 5k race.  Currently my runs are averaging around 2.3 - 2.5 miles. I can tell my running has improved from my prior attempts and I know that is because of the weight loss and exercising.  Not that it's super easy, but definitely much better!  The first 1/2 mile is still the worst for me.  I usually think "why in the world am I doing this - it is just torture!"  But even that is getting easier now.  I am finding that in the last few minutes I start to get tried.  I'm sure as I continue with the training plan my distance will increase. 

Race on Saturday?  The Kirkwood 5k is this Saturday and I am planning on running!  Although, I didn't register for it so I will have to do that on race day.  I knew it was coming up but I think I wanted to make sure I felt like I could do it.  I would love to run the entire race, but it's okay if I have to walk a few minutes.  My goal is to finish under my time from last year.  I think I may just do that...

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