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W1D2 January 7, 2011

Filed under: Couch-to-5k — pearljen @ 7:40 am

It went well overall. I had some serious cramps in my left calf muscle/achilles tendon, but it wasn’t enough to make me stop, and after I stretched it out fully when I got home it felt a ton better. Sore again today but that’s not really a surprise. I have a lot to do today, so we’ll see how I feel by the end of the day!!

I used the Garmin yesterday, so here are the totals:

Distance: 1.74 miles
Time: 32m 52s
Pace: 18:56/mi
Calories: 276


C25K… Version 2.0 January 4, 2011

Filed under: Couch-to-5k,Fitness and Health — pearljen @ 11:16 am

Back in the saddle again. A friend of mine has started C25K and it inspired me to lace up those shoes once again and get back out there. It’s been far too long since I last ran, but I’m glad to start over from the beginning and work my way up once again. I really love this program, and found that once I had no training plan to follow, I quickly fell back into old habits. Hopefully I’ll be more mindful of that this time around and can anticipate the euphoria crash after the end of the 13 week program.

My Garmin was totally dead, so no stats for me today… just did the normal loop, W1D1 program of C25K and walked a bit extra at the end to get home.


I made a PR!!! May 1, 2010

Filed under: Fitness and Health — pearljen @ 8:00 pm

Okay, so yes… it was my first race ever. And yes, I did end up walking half the race. But I walked it as fast as I possibly could, and I ran as much as I expected to, I finished under the time I was hoping for, and I didn’t come in last!!!

My official time was 51:04. I walked the course two weeks ago and did it in 53 minutes, so anything under that was a success in my book. Next race: the Parker Family 5k.

Overall, I’d say that the race itself was a lot of fun. The nerves and anticipation leading up to it was a little crazy, but perhaps that was just because it was my first and I felt entirely unprepared for the race. I have an 8-week training schedule starting off approximately where I am now, bringing me to a full 5k run at the end, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to fully run the race next time. As a bonus, this race has a kids’ fun run, so we can all participate! It is local (just a few miles from my house), so I’m hoping that I can get hubby interested as well… who knows! He is an avid ultimate frisbee player during the summers, so I’ve been trying to get him to run with me so he can increase his endurance on the field.

And hey, being a Cinco de Mayo 5k, they had mexican food, beer, and margaritas at the after party! At 9:30am!! LOL! I think those two beers I had gave me a wicked headache afterwards. Not sure I’d do that again!


Last pre-race run April 29, 2010

Filed under: Fitness and Health — pearljen @ 10:06 am

Conditions were cold and gloomy, but it’s likely to be like this on race day so I figured I’d get out there and go since it would be approximate race conditions.  Did a nice easy 1.5 miles — total 2.2 miles.  I made it around to the bridge, which was my goal.  Then I walked a little ways further, and did a sprint (for me, 10:00/mi) as far as I could.  I’m thinking once this race is over I may go back to the C25k program and try to do it all over again except using it as interval training to increase my overall speed.  Fast/slow intervals instead of walk/run intervals.  Hmm… that might work.

But for now… race in two days!


WW + C25K = ♥ April 28, 2010

Filed under: Fitness and Health,Weight-loss — pearljen @ 7:53 am

So my second week of Weight Watchers is over, and since I started it two weeks ago I have lost 8 lbs.  That is definitely a success, and I’m so happy to see the scale moving in the right direction!  I’ve been losing all along, but very, very slowly (5lb per month, approximately).  So, now I am down 31.8 pounds since the beginning of the year.  Woohoo!


Yesterday and Today April 27, 2010

Filed under: Fitness and Health — pearljen @ 12:37 pm

I have four days until my race, and I’m nervous as heck about it.  I have yet to run 3 miles on FLAT GROUND let alone on the hills of this course.  My Nike+ was lying to me about my speed and distance, which means that where I “thought” I was is not where I actually am!  I thought I’d completed 3.1 miles running, but in reality I probably only completed 2-2.5 in my longest run ever.  Now I’m struggling to complete 1.5-2.0 miles as it is, and this is all on FLAT GROUND!!  Argh.  Mentally, physically, who knows what the problem is.  I’m just hoping that the energy and adrenaline of the race will help carry me through to the finish.


D: 4.20 mi
T: 1:20:30
P: 19’10″/mi
C: 918


D: 3.06miles
T: 55:55
P: 18’13″/mi
C: 671


Yesterday’s run April 24, 2010

Filed under: Couch-to-5k,Weight-loss — pearljen @ 11:39 am

Ran/walked about 2 miles yesterday, around the track.  I did end up running about a total of 20 minutes… I know it’s my brain having issues not my body!  I have got to get over this hump, it’s driving me crazy!

In other news, since going on Weight Watchers a week and a half ago, I’ve started losing weight again which makes me so dang happy!  I’m down a total of 29.8lbs now from my starting weight three and a half months ago (January 6th or so).  Hooray!