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It’s Saturday morning and I wake up at 6:45am – I can’t believe the day is here – my first 5k race!

Hyland Hy-5 5k Race

I was so nervous and excited all at once.  I got dress with extra layers as only in Cleveland would it be 80 degrees one day and 40 degrees the next!  Unfortunately the “next” happened to be my race day.

We got to the race and I started to get butterflies and started to worry.  It was freezing out, the clouds were rolling in and the winds were HOWLING!  I am not kidding we had 30 mph wind gusts going on – it was nuts!  And it’s definitely not the type of weather I was used to running in that is for sure.

Then it was time – we lined up and the gun fired – we were off!  At first I started off way to fast – the race I was running in had spotters and I looked up and noticed I was running with the 8 minute mile group.  WHOA!  I can’t hang with them nor was I going to try.  I moved over and slowed my pace down to around a 1o minute mile.  Then because of my fast mistake when I started, I was getting winded and had to slow to a walk.  I rounded the corner near mile one and SMACK – those wind gusts just hit you in the face!  It was insane…For a good 1/4 mile I had to walk and even that was tough – the wind was making it impossible and I was getting worried.  Then we rounded another corner and the wind wasn’t so much head on anymore.  I was able to get back up to a jog and gain some miles – then another turn and more wind in the face – “When is this going to end?” This is what I kept asking myself.  Finally, the final turn towards the finish and it was wonderful!  The wind was finally co-operating and was on my back which TOTALLY helped!  It was nice running slightly downhill and having a 30 mph winds pushing you forward instead of causing such resistance.

In the end my final time was 38:58.  Not bad for the conditions.  I am certain that if I didn’t have so much wind giving me such a resistance I could have gotten a better time, but I am extremely happy with the outcome and can’t wait to sign up for more races.

For now, I promise to post more updates and going forward I will be training on increasing my speed.  My goal is to run my next race in under 34 min.  I should be able to shave 4 minutes off – Right?

So, whose running with me in my next one?  Any takers????  If I can do it, anyone can!

So I’ve decided I need a little more interaction from all of you out on the interwebz.  I am going to try to post a poll every once in a while to see what all of you are thinking.  Make sure you answer and leave comments!  Maybe just maybe this will spark up some friendly debates.  So keep your eyes peeled for my Poll of the Day (or week or month).  You get may drift!

Would You Rather?

As I was sitting here browsing the TMZ website (yes I know it’s a guilty pleasure of mine) it got me thinking – All these super skinny movie stars have everything they could possibly want – good looks, loads of money, and all clothes look amazing on them – but, do you think they are truly happy? Does happiness come with being skinny?   I mean everyday we hear about one of them overdosing or getting a divorce…So I ask you people of the Interwebz –

I would love to hear your reasons below – so please feel free to share!

So it seems like everyone I know has a birthday in one of two months – March or September!  And with birthday’s comes…You guessed it cake…

Dairy Queen Cake

Mmmmmm

And as the picture shows, the men in this house always get Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake.  I am beginning to think they love it more than me.  And I am not even joking!  Of course I do not have the will power to deny Birthday cake.  I am hoping one day I will just be able to say NO!  I think someone should totally make a commercial you know like the “Just say NO to drugs” ones only it would be “Just Say NO to Cake!” (I think I may totally trademark that one!) All these birthday’s and one upcoming wedding is putting a serious hamper on my goals!

I have recently started logging my miles run on a website I completely recommend to anyone that is a runner – The Daily Mile is a great place to keep track of training as well as meet local people who enjoy running just as much as you – well maybe not enjoy but you get my drift.   I can’t wait to actually start seeing some progress.  I am at about 2.25 miles give or take that I am running at.  My 5k is in 45 days or so – I can do this…right?  I mean I am so close.  (For those of you that are not aware a 5k is 3.16 miles).

I got on the scale and it was actually friendly to me – I am down 2 lbs!  YES!  Two pounds closer to being that Skinny Bitch again! Whoot Whoot!  Now let’s hope the ice cream cake I just devoured ate didn’t do too much damage.  Finger’s Crossed!

Well lovies – off to watch the end of Biggest Loser and then time for bed – Early morning run again tomorrow!

PS – The product placements in The Biggest Loser are a bit much don’t ya think?  I mean I work in advertising and I think it is!

PPS – Happy Birthday to all you March Babies!!!!!  Love you all but I can’t wait for this month to be over with!

Almost Gave Up…

Yes, you read that right folks.  Today I almost gave up my hopes of running in a 5k this May.  I kept telling myself that I am not a runner – what was I thinking?  I went out for my first run outside today and let’s just say it did not go as planned!  Yesterday I ran a little over 2 miles on the treadmill and I pushed really hard running at a pace over 5.0mph.  Well I think I pushed to much because today the shin splints are BAD!  I mean can’t move off the couch bad!  BUT I thought maybe I just need to suck it up and go out.  So off I went to do some laps around my neighborhood….My laps (plural) turned into a lap (singular).  I just couldn’t fight through the pain.  So as I was sitting here icing my shins

and catching up on how some virtual friends are doing on Sparkpeople, I came across a blog written by a very motivational girl named Erin, (you can check out her blog post here Erin’s Blog), she blew me away!  In the past two years she has lost over 80lbs just by changing her diet and getting off the couch.  No crazy diet pills or fads, just plain ole common sense!  Not only that, she is currently training to run in a half marathon!

I wish! – I think I will stick to trying to tackle a 5k first.

So, thanks to Erin, my motivation is back.  I mean I know it’s tough and I know I hurt but so does everyone else when they train.  Isn’t that why we have to train?  Back on track it is 5k or BUST!

As far as my nemesis the scale

 – It hasn’t moved all that much – so we are still not on speaking terms!  We hope to become friends really soon but it is just being very stubborn!

Hope everyone had a safe and fun Saint Patrick’s Day!

Not enough Time –

Yes I know this is the top excuse of every fat unhealthy person in America – There is just not enough time in any day to fit in work, social life, home life, and working out!  I was on such a great path – Ran 2.25 miles on Tuesday – Yay Me!  Certainly not at a 5k yet but I am getting close.  It helps when you have Biggest Loser on and you think to yourself these people are 4x my size and they are bustin ass pulling a semi-truck! Damn it 2 miles is NOTHING!

Then it all went downhill – life took over – birthday’s (which came complete with DQ ice cream cake and dinner out) which is certainly not part of my “skinny bitch” diet for sure! And of course my will power is so high I turned down a slice of cake – HA!  Right totally just kidding – I NEVER turn down a piece of cake hence why I am writing this very blog. So no working out yesterday – I could have woke up at 5:30am and ran on the treadmill but I didn’t (not Yay Me!)

Tonight we have a Baseball Fundraiser – which translates to – Fatty bar food and beer with proceeds of what you buy going to some little kids summer baseball team.

How can I deny a child his baseball team?

So again another night of deliciously yummy tasting not so good for you food.  I hope to get home early enough tonight to have a date with my treadmill (don’t tell my husband) – but only time will tell!

So my question to anyone reading this – How do YOU make time for life, work and the dreaded Working out????

Yoga Is Evil!

Okay so today I started my journey full force.  This past weekend the hubs and I decided to go skiing so I am a little cramped and sore (this was only my second time ever)!  My brilliant idea was to take a Yoga class thinking it would be relaxing and a good way to stretch out my muscles.

Boy oh boy – whoever said Yoga was relaxing, well they LIED!

I mean don’t get me wrong I think it is definitely something I could really enjoy.  But don’t let all those “ohmmms” fool you, your first Yoga experience will not be relaxing and it will actually kinda hurt.  I mean who would have thought my back muscles would hurt from Yoga?  Certainly not me!

So there you have it – Yoga experienced and completed!  Yay me!  Let’s hope the next time it is a bit easier on this aging body!!!  (32 is NOT a spring chicken anymore)

Today’s Stats:

  • Stayed within my Calorie Range according to The Daily Plate – if your not using anything to track calories – I highly recommend this site – it’s free and very easy to use.
  • Experienced Yoga  and will definitely be working that into my weekly routine
  • Drank 24oz of water – definitely not enough but more than usual
  • Finally started and posted on this blog I have been wanting to do for weeks!  

Here is to an awesome and hopefully easy week!