Wednesday, January 28, 2015


I meant to put this post up last night, but I was shattered after Cam and I got back from the gym. I woke up super early yesterday (4:00am) and we didn't finish our workout until after 7:00. His new class/work schedule is brutal for both of us! But we got the workout done, and that's what matters!

So now, let me take a moment to say - Boy, oh boy do I wish it was spring already. I'm day dreaming about after work (outdoor) runs and bike rides. I miss the sun and warm!

Unfortunately, it is cold and slushy in Chicagoland, so there goes that day dream.

But I've got a few spare minutes, and what better way to spend it than talking about the plans I have for those summer months?!

First of all, let's start with the Runs For Cookies Virtual 5k that I participated in on Sunday! I've only ever run one other 5k (this past September), and I think I was more nervous for this one! My only goal when I ran the 5k in September was to not finish last (I didn't!). I was running with a friend and finished in something like 42:17. When I registered for the RfC 5k I put down my time goal as "42:17" because I simply wanted to do better, but as I started training I realized that was way too easy because I'd be running on a treadmill. So I adjusted my goal mentally - I wanted to do better than 39:00 min on the treadmill, and see if I could push it with an incline. I only trained for a few weeks before the race, and was sick for half of it with that lovely cold/upper respiratory infection, so that felt like a fair challenge to myself.

I have to say I was pretty happy with the results. I'd settled on doing a run/walk method of 5:1 (walk 5 minutes, run 1 minute) for the race, with a pace slightly under 11 min/mile. I extended my first run by a minute, and then kept with the 5:1 for the rest. Around 2 miles I could really tell my lungs were working and I was coughing during my walks - an unfortunate side effect of the upper respiratory thing. But I also realized that if I kept pace and pushed a bit at the end, I could wallop that 39:00 min goal. So I pushed. I sprinted the last two-tenths of a mile, and came in with a time of 36:24. Here I am, lovely and sweaty (and proud!) at the end:

So now that this particular 5k is over, I have a myriad of goals I'm going to attempt for 2015.

Ready? Here it is. I would like to run (in order):

  • A(nother) 5k - with my goal being to run the entire thing in under 36 minutes and 24 seconds (bet you didn't see that coming.
  • A 10k
  • A 15k
  • A half marathon
I'll say now that I have no desire to run a full marathon, but a half (that's 13.1 miles) seems like a good "long" distance, and I'd like to get to the point where I can run 8 miles comfortably if I want to. Aside from the 5k, I do not have any time goals for these. My goal is just to try and run and finish each race.

Although, perhaps the bigger goal is to complete the training. I realize that, more than anything, this is a huge time commitment to make. "Just running" is one thing...but I'm looking at a steady running schedule for the next 6-8 months (I'd like to do the half in August or September) and realizing that I need to commit time and consciousness to eating and sleeping well - and to strength training.

I feel like I've had an overhaul in motivation since joining the DietBet this month. It really inspired me because it got me into a steady work-gym-healthy eating schedule and mind set. Working out went from that thing I could do after work, to being a non-negotiable (except when I was sick).

But I'll admit, I need a little help staying organized with all of this, so I went out and bought a planner on Monday!

I feel like I've been over extending myself a bit, and like I need a place I can actually write down the things that fly through my head at times. So I bought a colorful planner and an assortment of pens, and I hope it can at least help me feel a bit more organized. I plan on putting my workout and running schedules into it, as well as notes about the crafting projects I have to finish since I have a few works-in-progress that need to be wrapped up that I keep forgetting about. I'll be honest, it's nice to have the room open in my brain again!

So there it is! Everything from Sunday to today, laid out bare. And those goals. They are finally out of my head for other people to actually see. Until now I'd only told two people, and words that hang in the air are much easier to ignore than ones you can see in front of your face.

Here it is. The time to hit publish. Time to let everyone else see it...

...oh man.

Edit: If you're reading this and you're a runner, do you have any advice?! I plan on using Hal Higdon's novice methods. Any input, advice, or experiences are welcome, just leave a comment!


  1. Congrats on a great race :) Love that you put your crafting projects in your planner...I have a bunch I need to finish too that I keep forgetting about when I have time to do them :)

  2. Karen28.1.15

    Congratulations on completing the run ! I love hearing about how you pushed yourself for that great time :)