Friday, April 30, 2010

Rough Draft Run

Today my friend Stephanie and I went to Marion, Iowa where our race will be in 2 weeks from tomorrow. We decided to run the course and time it. Our time for the 5K (3.1 miles) was 33.34 so we were just under an 11 minute mile. Not the best, but I have to say this. I ran the entire thing without walking. This is the first time in about 3 years that I've ran that far! Next week we will do it again to see if we can improve our time. Last time I did a 5K which was I think 3 years ago, my time was over 35 minutes, so I'm doing better already.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Starting to be serious

There is a time when running becomes easier, really. I thought it was a lie too.

For a few weeks I have ran off an on. About twice a week for a little over a mile or so. One day I actually went 2 1/2 miles, but it wasn't fun.

So last week a friend named Stephanie and I ran down the street a while and back after our Body Sculpt class. Found out later on it was 1.2 miles. So that was decent. Then last Wednesday Stephanie and I ran that distance again. On Monday we decided to run further. We went a total of 3.3 miles. Our goal was only 3.1 a 5K distance, but it ended up being a bit further than that. We did walk between a 1/2 to 3/4 mile of all that, but over all we were running most of it.

Today we only ran 2.1 miles, but again it was running almost the entire way.

On Friday we will both go to our race place and try to run the entire 3.1 miles and record our time. We are both hoping to do our race in 30 minutes or less, this would be just under a 10 minute mile. Then plan is to run at least 6 more times in the next 2 weeks because our 5K race is on May 15th at 8a.m. in Marion, Iowa.

This will be my first race in about 3 years, last one was in Columbus, Ohio with my sister and it was also a 5 K. I haven't ever enjoyed running, but I have to say when I was running this morning, I was smiling and I liked it!

Wish us luck.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The End of the Competition

Well it's finally the end.

My final weigh in was this morning. I weighed in at 139.8

So I lost a total of 6 pounds in 8 weeks for this little weight loss contest. Not the best considering that my goal was 2 pounds a week for a total of 16 pounds. However if you take into account that my heaviest weight was on January 15th, my weight loss has been 13.2 pounds, since on January 15th I weighed 153.0.

Sad to report, that I can't say that I ate the best. I ate better than usual, but not perfect. I exercised a bunch more by adding running to my schedule. Not a lot of running, but I did add at least 2-3 miles a week, with sometimes up to 6 miles a week.

Over all I lost almost 4 percent of my weight in this contest!

It's great to be in the 130's once again.