couch to 5k

Progress is progress.

What do you want first – the good news or the bad news?

Let’s get the bad news out of the way…

My eating was so awful and off track today and I’m really disappointed in myself. I’ve actually noticed that my eating is worse on days when I work a full day in the office. I get antsy sitting there all day, and in my boredom I get the munchies. Of course I don’t give into them at work, but when I come home it’s like it has been building up in me all day and I can no longer resist. I’m going to have to think this one through and see if I can think of a way to prevent this from continuing. Wide open to suggestions if you have them!

Okay, the good news. I logged into my Run Keeper account online (Love Run Keeper! If you’re not currently logging your miles, check it out!) last night to see how much I’ve progressed since I first started logging my miles. Since I ran 4 miles yesterday, I looked into my previous 4 mile runs from Spring last year and two years ago.  I’ve come a long way! When I first started training for my first half marathon two years ago I was running a 10:29 average pace for 4 miles:

June 2012

June 2012

About a year later I had gotten my speed up to about 10 minutes per mile on a 4 mile run. I didn’t run much over the winter but I was still improving!

May 2013

May 2013

This year, just yesterday, after working out and running all winter, I’ve drastically improved my pace down to an average 9:10 per mile pace! Ad that’s with allergies and 10mph head winds!

April 2014

April 2014

I’m really not trying to brag, but I cannot believe how far I’ve come. Seeing that (nearly) 9 minute pace makes me feel like I’m a legit runner. It’s a far cry from that chunky grade school kid that finished the Presidential Fitness Mile Run (just 1 mile!) in 12 minutes, 30 seconds! 11 year old me would’ve never seen this coming.  And just think how much better that could be if I could get my eating habits under control and lose a few pounds…I’ll get there.

Tomorrow, pending a fairly healthy respiratory system (not mine), my sister and I will continue with her C25K training. I’m proud of her for running on her own once last week, but then some knee pain, and now a bad cold have prevented her from running any more than that. But she’s still persistently motivated so if we can get out tomorrow, it should be good!

Hopefully she’ll have her own progress story to tell someday. What’s yours? Would young you recognize the current you?


The First.

I wish I could remember my first run. I mean, I kinda of remember it. I had been running on the treadmill at the gym, 2 or 3 miles a few days a week. I had only ever run maybe 6 miles outside in my entire life and they always felt miserable. For some reason though, this time I thought I’d go for a run. Someplace new and pretty. Thanks to Google Earth, I found a trail in Hobart that went past two lakes and through miles of forest and some prairies. The satellite pictures were enough to convince me. So on a chilly late winter Saturday (in February? maybe early March?) I ran slow and steady until I got sick of running. Then I turned around and ran all the way back to my car. I had run for over an hour! When I measured it out on Google Earth at home, it cam to 6 miles all together! That’s how I became a longer distance runner. It became a weekly event. Me, my music, and my trail.

Looking back now, I wish I would have written down the date of my first real run. I wish I knew now what I was thinking back then, how I felt before and after. I’d really like to know what my times were and even my body measurements. I know I’ve come a long way, but probably a lot farther than I can recall.

Today, my little sister started running! I want to do for her what I regret not doing for myself. I tracked our run on my Run Keeper app, and took a before picture. I let her borrow my Mizuno’s so she’d have really good comfortable running shoes. We did it right! I’m really impressed with her today. It was only 35º outside today and there was almost 2 inches of snow on the ground! We exchanged text complaints about the weather for a little bit and then decided to suck it up, stick to our plan, and just do it. We met at our mom’s house because she was watching my niece (my sister’s daughter) while my sister was at work. After she changed, we bundled up my niece in the jogging stroller and we were off!

Before my sister's first run!

Before my sister’s first run!

Yep, I posted that. You look great. Don’t you dare complain! And yes, you’re right. I do have the skinniest ankles ever. Compression wear is apparently more effective than I realized!

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Anyway, we just ran a couple loops around a block near my mom’s house. She’s sort of following the Couch to 5k plan. So we walked 90 seconds, ran 60 seconds 8 times. It came out to be 1.25 miles in 20 minutes. She even ran her last minute at my pace! I’m so proud of her and her commitment to taking back her health. Not even winter in April could stop her!

After she left, I decided to get a few more miles in since I was already outside and dressed and ready to run. I missed my run yesterday because I stayed up super late Sunday night writing. Oops! I decided to run another 3 miles so I’d have a total of 4.25 for the day. It was brutal.I’m really not good at running outside when it’s cold out. I started to have some asthma problems again and I couldn’t keep to my normal pace. I just felt like it was taking way too much effort. But at least I finished. My overall time was 27 minutes, 52 seconds with an average 9:18 minute per mile pace. Normally I’d do 3 miles (especially after 2 rest days…) around a 9 minute pace, but given the weather, I’ll take a 9:18. It’s loads better than a few years ago when I was running a 10:30 average! My splits at least were pretty dead on. Something I’m still really working on – starting slow, finishing strong.

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I’m excited for Thursday when we get to run again. At least the weather will be better! Anyone have some encouragement for my sister? Maybe the story of your first run?