Hello all! It has been awhile, and so much has happened in the last month! I continue to "joggle" 3 days a week and also continue to fight the good healthy food fight. I have a weigh-in this Friday and I'm hopeful that I will enter a new decade this time. It has actually been 3 weeks since I weighed myself.
This past Saturday, I ran in a 5k race to benefit the youth group at my church. It was in my neighborhood, so I couldn't reasonably say no. It was at 8:00 in the morning, so it wasn't too hot, but the humidity in Ohio is just unbearable sometimes, so it was definitely sticky! I couldn't be more ecstatic about my results because I finished it in 37:50! That is just amazing compared to some of the past races I have done. My last 5k was in October, 2010, and I beat that time by 12 minutes. The kicker is that I actually walked the first 5 minutes to warm up, so I was really putting a lot of effort into this run. If I would have kept up that pace for a 10k, I would have beat my results of the 10k race I ran in April by almost 10 minutes. Just awesome for me!
I began using a new training program on my iPhone called Podrunner:Intervals Gateway to 8k, and I love it as much as the 5k training program I previously used. I am a little embarrassed to admit that I am still on week one, but I have been doing it for almost 3 weeks. It is really tough, and again, the heat and humidity has been exhausting, so it's all I can do to run 3-4 times a week! At any rate, I'm still exercising and gettin' my sweat on!
I am trying to reassess my plans to run a Half-Marathon in October. At this point, I just don't know if I'm ready for that large of a goal. Yes, I'm wimping out a little, but I'm also trying to be realistic. I don't want to end up hating exercise. I am really comfortable with running 3-4 miles at a time right now, but at the same time, I know I need to push the envelope a little. So, we shall see. I may make my next goal a 10k and hope to run most of it. I really think that is a better goal for me right now.
I hope all is well with everyone and that you are taking the time to get out and enjoy some of this blistering sun!