Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Week 2 and lovin' it!

Ugh, way too late!
Week 2 of training officially started today! After celebrating my roommate's 22nd birthday last night and not getting home until 1:27am (when I have up at 6am for work), then having to work in the hotness all day, let's just say that I was officially pooped! I really didn't feel like training today in more heat, but decided I needed to stick with it :)

The schedule on the C25K program outlines a quick 5 minute brisk walk, then moves into the interval sequences of jogging 90 seconds and walking 2 minutes. It doesn't feel much different than what week 1, but I can definitely tell that the jogging is getting easier.

Blazing sun, no shade
Working hard...mattress sledding down the stairs! 

One of the biggest obstacles in the way of training has been the weather the past few days (high of 80s and low 90s with blazing sun and humidity on top of it), it can really drain you! Plus both Rebecca and I work in hot residence halls for 8 hours a day that have no air flow, so that takes a lot out of us as well! Don't worry we don't work too hard, lol! Though the weather was has been kind of a downer, the training continued!

Sweatyness after Monday's walk
I went on a short 30 minute walk on Monday, but the minute I stepped out the door the sweat started pouring! I literally could have wrung my shirt out and could have filled a water bottle! It was miserable! I can't wait until the crisp Fall weather to come so that its actually possible to enjoy being outside.
Ahh, the water was so refreshing on Tuesday

Most of our training has been taking place on the trail where my running partner and I have been interval training up to the 1 mile marker then coming back. The official time of our training from start to finish for 2 miles was 32:23. Add another mile onto that and jogging all the way, then we're set for the 5k! Haha baby steps now, pay off in a few months! I'm looking forward to the day I can run a full 3.1 miles!

 The next two days of training are going to be a solo endeavor since my running partner is working her other job! Hopefully the weather will cooperate too and cool off so I can get some decent training in :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hot, Humid, Sweaty, Mosquitoes :(

Recreation area entrance
So today was another day on the training schedule! It sounds awkward to say but I had been looking forward to it since the last running day which was Friday! My running partner and I were going to head to a new nature recreation area that neither of us had been too, so that upped my excitement as well since I have had people gush about the gorgeous trails. 
We thought it would be a decent hour long training session, but we were in for a rude awakening. By the time we headed out to the hills, it was 12:15pm. Driving out there was a whole new story! It was about a 25 min drive with little signage to direct us, ugh! Once we got out there and decided what trail we would conquer, the mosquito ceiling opened! I'm not kidding, they completely swarmed us!!! Within the 3 mins that we were at the trail head THEY had conquered us! And us being the smart college girls we are had no bug spray,  only sunscreen to fend them off.  Needless to say we turned right back around and headed to the car to go to the Red Cedar! Before we took anymore risks, we headed over to Caribou for a refreshment and then went to Wal-Mart to splurge on bug spray!
Our god sent! Maximum protection from those little blood suckers!

After our hour long unexpected adventure, we finally made it to our training spot!!! Our ordeal had worn us down, but it wasn't going to stop us from our training. At first the heat was bearable (only 90 degrees with sun beating down on you and with humidity that's like walking through a blanket), but it soon turned out to be too hot! Instead of doing our interval training we decided just to walk 1 mile down and then the mile back.

It took all my might not to jump in!
I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to interval train, but when the weather is miserable it's impossible to get into the mind set of running! I guess it was still great that we got our 2 miles in :)

Though we didn't get to do our interval training today, we have planned to meet up Tuesday to do it! I can not wait! No aches or pains, just a few mosquito bites to show that we were defeated! But after our repellent application, we were good to go!
 Sweaty & greasy (from the sunscreen and repellent), bitten, and in good spirits at the 1 mile mark!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

My first post EVER!

Wow, it feels so great to be posting for the first time!! I've been looking around at every one's blogs and have become jealous because I couldn't wait to get on here! It has taken me a week just to get the technical stuff worked out!

This blog will track my progress toward my ultimate goal at this time of a 5k run in December! I will be following the C25K program (Cool Running C25K Training Program), which is scheduled for 9 weeks, but obviously my run isn't until December so hopefully I will be more than ready! 

I know 3.1 miles is not a long distance for some people, but I have always been in that "non-runner" category. The stamina (from years of high kick dance) and ambition is in my system, just need to get over the mental aspect of giving up. 

I have been walking all summer and have always dreamed of doing a 5k or more. On a whim at work Rebecca asked if I wanted to train to do one, so here I am writing about it! With the help of my running partner Rebecca (this will be her 1st 5k as well), I am determined to accomplish this goal!!

Me and my running partner Rebecca all geared up for our interval training!
So far our training has already lasted a week...it seemed to crawl by! This may be jumping the gun too quickly but I can already feel the desire to jump ahead in the training and run longer and further. I know its just me being overambitious, but it makes me feel GREAT! I haven't had any major aches. The only pain I'm feeling is slight shin splints in my left leg! Let's hope that I haven't spoke too soon.
We were so excited to make it to the 1 mile marker!

In anticipation of my training I went out and got some essential articles of clothing. Well I didn't buy them, but my dad did! See he walks marathons and  has had better times than some of the people who run! I told my parents that I wanted to achieve this goal and they were totally supportive (ex: buying my first pieces of Under Armour and running shoes). I bought a Bondi Band (http://bondiband.com/) after many positive reviews and fellow blogger Running Diva Mom (http://runningdivamom.blogspot.com/) had raved about them!

Sorry for the rambling I've been looking forward to my first posting!! So follow along and feel free to leave me any tried and true tips for running!