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When I started this blog last year I had a plan. I wanted to finish a Couch To 5k program and run a local 5k race this spring. Well, spring is already here, and I technically can run 5k, but somehow I’m not sure if I’m really ready to run a race right now.

There’s a small local race next weekend that I’d like to run, but I have some doubts.

Pro:

  • It seems to be a small, casual race, probably about 400-500 runners.
  • It’s cheap and only a 40 min drive from my place.
  • It’s a charity race, the entire fee goes to a drug prevention organisation.
  • I get a shirt and a certificate (how awesome!)
  • The racing experience itself. Reading lots of race recaps, e.g. of the National Marathon last weekend, got me really exited to try and see for myself, what it’s like to participate in a race.

Contra:

  • I’m still a very slow runner, and would probably be one of the last runners to finish. That would be so embarrassing!

There are much more pros than cons, but that one contra argument is quite a big one for me. I think I can run a 5k in about 34 minutes. That’s quite lame, isn’t it? I’d rather aim for a sub 30 min result, to at least be somewhere in the middle of the pack.

So, what should I do? Just go for it and don’t care about my time? Or wait a few months more and do some speed work to get faster?

Your opinions, please!

See you!

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When I run at home I always take the exact same route. After a few months it’s getting really boring. So I wanted to try a new route today. In short, it was awful. The new route is even hillier than my usual one, there are lots of farms that smell really bad, many cars and trucks rushing by, etc. I really didn’t enjoy that run, so decided to take it easy and cut it short.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.5 miles (4 km)
  • Time: 27:30 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:00 min/mile
  • Feeling: Grumpy

Considering the circumstances, not too bad. But I really need to find a good new running route.

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Today I got soaked to the bone. This was my very first run in the rain ever! I always avoided running in bad weather and missed a few runs because of it. But today I learned that rain doesn’t hurt. Yeah, I’m so clever.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 3 miles (4,8 km)
  • Time: 33:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:00 min/mile
  • Feeling: Soaked

Not bad for being dripping wet the whole time, right? I’m pleased.

PIPES and Pushups

The first week of Morgan‘s PIPES Challenge is already over, and I’m still going strong, following the 100 pushups program. I’ve noticed that those pushups don’t only work my arms, but also my core! I also believe that strengthening my core muscles is the reason why those side stitches have bothered me much less lately. That would be great! Let’s see what the second week will bring.

Now excuse me please, I need to bake some muffins.

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Another Friday, another Lunch Break Run! This time co-worker B joined us. Looks like we’re turning into a running group. We need a team name!

Spring weather was in full force today, sunny and mild 60 °F. And I was wearing my winter running gear. Major fail! But thank goodness I bought some really nice spring/summer running gear yesterday. Just need to wash it first. (Note: I always wash new clothes before wearing them for the first time, to get rid of potential chemicals.)

Today we went back to the long, flat trail by the river. It used to be covered in snow or mud the past few months, but today it was totally fine. As usual, the guys and I separated after about 1.5 miles. They ran on while I turned around. I was really struggling on my way back. Maybe I started a bit to fast, wanting to keep up with the guys, or it was the ‘heat’ I’m not used to yet. Whatever it was, it passed, and I finished 3.5 miles.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 3.5 miles (5,6 km)
  • Time: 38:25 minutes
  • Average pace: 10:58 min/mile
  • Feeling: Hot

Oh my WHAT?!? That’s by far the my fastest run ever! I’m in total shock.

Guess it’s time to look for some local 5k races, right?

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Guts Can Be Deceiving

After last week’s disappointing runs I had a really hard time motivating myself to try again. But I’m just too stubborn to give up so easily, so I went for a short run yesterday.

From the very beginning I felt very tired and out of breath. I kept thinking things like: “Why am I doing this? This is not fun at all!”. I even took a walking break at the halfway point, as I was convinced that this was a slow run anyway. As I returned home I was feeling quite down because of another “bad” run. That was until I calculated my average pace!

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.7 miles (4,3 km)
  • Time: 30:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:06 min/mile
  • Feeling: Grumpy

What?! I felt so extremely slow, but obviously my gut feeling was wrong. I wonder when I will finally break the 11:00 min/mile? I hope it will happen soon!

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Pipes & Pushups

Today marks the start of Morgan‘s PIPES Challenge!

Just like her I’m doing the one hundred pushups program. I did my initial test a few days ago and could only do five full pushups. Not good! I don’t expect that will be able to do 100 pushups after those six weeks, but I’ll take every improvement. So today I started with day 1 of week 1, which means five sets of full pushups. I did 2, 3, 2, 2, and 5 pushups, and it was tough!

I plan to do my next workout on Wednesday.

What I like about this program is that each workout takes only a few minutes, and that you can do it everywhere, without special equipment. That means, no excuses!

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Today the Guy and I decided it was time to revive an old tradition, the Sunday Afternoon Bike Ride. We took a long break from biking during the winter, because I just can’t bring myself to bike outdoors in freezing temperatures. It was sunny but still quite cold, about 45 F, but we wanted to go anyway, so we simply put on a few extra layers.

As our destination we chose one of our favorite restaurants, which is about 6 miles away from our home. The area around Hopsville is quite hilly. I would have prefered an easier course for our first ride, but we just don’t have one around here. Our route starts with a long, moderate ascend, that showed me that I lost quite some stamina during the winter.

We’ve taken that course a few times last summer, so I knew that there was another hill after about 4 miles, but a much harder one! It’s a long, very steep ascend, that nearly killed me during my first attempt. But today I conquered that hill like a pro! At least I felt like one.

At the halfway point we stopped at the restaurant, to warm up with some hot drinks. The Guy had coffee, and I ordered a cup of camomile tea. Exactly what I needed at that moment.

The way home was a bit easier, as it was mostly downhill or flat, with only one moderate ascent shortly before arriving at home.

All in all we covered 13 miles (21 km) in about 80 minutes. Not bad for our first ride!

So, how did we re-fuel after our ride? With homemade pizza!

 

Crunchy Veggie Pizza

 

I polished off the entire thing, and I don’t feel guilty at all! I worked hard for that pizza!

Have a great week!

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