Monday, February 28, 2011

Half Way!

So I am just starting week 9 of my C25K. Which means I have completed 8 of my 16 weeks of training! One way I look at it I am very excited and proud to have stuck with this for 8 weeks. Another way I look at it I can't believe I am only 8 weeks in. Either way I am half way there, and so happy with my progress. 
Even 8 weeks in I am learning a lot about myself and this running thing. For one, I HATE running on a treadmill and try my hardest to avoid it. Another thing I have learned it that running outside without the ipod is surprisingly therapeutic. And Proper running gear totally makes a difference. I have also learned that I can be a running person. Can you believe I have already started looking into 10K training programs. I even have a 10K race in mind for a goal! I also and getting more into other exercises to improve my running. I know!!! I hardly recognize myself!
All in all this is a great journey, and I think it is going to change me for the better! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fake It Til You Make It!

I recently bought myself a new running outfit. Like the real kind that real runners wear! I outfitted myself with clothing that will keep me warm in this winter weather so I never have to run on a treadmill again.
Well I wore the outfit for the first time today, and I felt like an impostor. I wore clothing for a runner. I looked like a runner. But I still don't think of myself as a runner. I feel like everyone was looking at me in my new running clothing and thinking "Why is she wearing those clothes she is not a real runner".  (I know, I know it's just clothing)
I have been doing my C25K for almost 8 weeks now, I am still walking about a 1/3 of my workouts. I realize I have come so far but I still can't call myself a runner. So at what point can I call myself a runner? When will I feel like a runner?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Monkey!

Mason turned 15 months this weekend. I cannot believe how big he is getting. My baby boy is quickly becoming a little boy! He had his 15 month doctor appointment yesterday. Mason does not handle going to the doctors well. He cried from the second we got to the waiting room, til we went home. He did stop for a bit here and there when I let him run around and get into things. But the second he would see the Dr or Nurse he burst into tears and runs for me. Poor little mommy's boy!
For those who want to know his stats:
Height- 31 inches, 50th percentile
Weight- 22lbs 2oz, 25th percentile

P.S. It is really hard to get a good picture of Mason these days. I have to run after him with the camera hoping he will hold still long enough to get a good shot. Or I have to strap him in his booster or hold him and do an awkward self portrait. Any way this was the best I could get today :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hitting the Pavement!

I decided to shake things up a bit for my workout today. I had such a miserable time last week with my training that I had to do something to keep up my motivation. Since the temp wasn't so bad out today, and the road was pretty clear of snow and slush, I took my run outside to the road. I was nervous at first, but once I got to it, it was great!!! I could totally see my improvement. The running part was tough at first but once I got my pace I felt great. And when my running sets were done I didn't feel the normal feeling of "Finally" it was more like "Oh, okay I can stop now". And I felt I could have got further if I needed to.
 This is just the running experience I needed to keep my motivation up! I feel like I can reach that 5K goal and maybe more! Instead of feeling dread and doubt, I feel excited and think this goal is totally within reach!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Runners Anonymous.......

So I am officially obsessed with running. I know it's weird! I have only been doing this C25K stuff for 5 and a half weeks, and I only run for about 15 minutes split up with some walking. But I am really into this. I spend most free time on line looking at clothing, stretches, races, shoes, and runner blogs. I examine over and over again my training schedule, and my progress.  I am constantly thinking about my first race, and how it is going to feel crossing that finish line. On my days off I am figuring out my next workout, and on my workout days I dream of the time when running a 5K will be fun and easy.
 It is a sick addiction! While I am running I mostly am not having fun, but when I am not running I want to be! I think I might need a Runners Anonymous meeting.
I wonder will this obsession wear off after time, or will this be my life from now on?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dear Treadmill, I HATE YOU!!!

I can not wait for spring. I am now craving to do my C25K workouts outside. But with the slush and snow I am stuck on the treadmill. Our apartment complex has a gym, not the best gym but a free gym so it works for me. They have old treadmills stuffed in a room in the community building. I think the biggest problem is they keep the temp at 80 degrees and there is no air flow. Running in a hot stuffy room is not fun at all. I am praying and waiting for the day the roads are clear enough for me to run on. Right now I am worried with the snow and slush, and the fact that I have never really run outside, that I might hurt myself. 
 So I hope that ground hog is right and that we end up with an early spring! I mean I think we deserve it with all the snow we are getting this winter!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Yes I Still Have Children!

Some of you out there might be wondering whats going on with my kiddos?! I fully realize my blogging has taken a turn away from them lately and more towards me and my running journey. There are a few reasons for this.
 1. I am busy! 2 kids, training for a 5K, and keeping the house clean leaves little time for anything.
 2. Things are pretty boring these day. I know I am the worst Mom. I used to blog about Kylie's every movement back in the day. I am kinda over that stage. I do feel bad that I don't blog as much about Mason as I used to about Kylie, but as I said 2 kids keeps you busy so unfortunately those precious "first" moments get lost then forgotten.
 3. I need to take some time to focus on me and whats going on with me. My whole life other then this blog and 5K stuff is about the kids. Changing diapers, driving to and from school, nursing sickness, play dates and birthday parties. Don't forget the feeding, the bathing, the potty breaks and making sure everyone gets enough exercise. It's all about them, and I love it. But Mommy needs an outlet sometimes.
 4. I am excited about this 5K stuff. I am not very good at follow through when I set personal goals. I am pretty good at disappointing myself, but this time I am doing this! And I am excited to share with everyone. Plus posting my goals, and progress helps keep me motivated.

So I will try and post more about the kids  but you are going to have to deal with more Mommy posts!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I Ran and Liked It!!!!

I am not sure if it was the easy workout, or the fact that I got to get out of my sick child infested house and do something for myself, but I loved my workout yesterday. It is my easy week and I am back to doing 90 second reps. This time 90 seconds was nothing! Usually I watch every second tick by during my running reps, but this time I barely noticed the time and even caught myself running over time! Again I understand it is only 90 seconds, but when I look back at how I used to feel about running 90 seconds I am amazed. There really is hope for me to be able to run 5K and not hate myself every step of the way. I mean I'll probably have to start running marathons before I feel like a 5K is a walk in the park, but at least I know it is possible!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My sick Babies

So my babies are sick! All the free time I might have had before is now being taken up by nursing them back to health. So no major blogging right now. But I am keeping up with my C25K! So more about that later, and more about our weekend in Maine!