Sounds Like a Plan!

I read a headline recently, I believe it was from Women’s Running online? It said “Worrying About How Slow You Run Could be Holding You Back”.   I believe this.  When I started running it was part of my never ending effort to lose weight.  Once I completed my first 5K (3.1 miles) I was hooked.  My time for that particular run was 34:34 (11:08 minutes per mile pace) not bad for a first timer.  Since then I have been chasing the elusive sub 30 5K.  In other words, I really want to finish a 5K in less than 30 minutes (10:00 pace).  The closest I have come to this was a couple of years ago when I completed those 3.1 miles in 32:04 (10:34 pace).  Now I find that when I train I am more focused on pace and less on total time.  I know that for weight loss I should be running for longer periods of time and not focus so much on pace.  This past June I completed my first 10K (6.2 miles) in 66:58  (10:31 pace).  That was by far my favorite race!  I felt great the whole way.  I think a big part of that was because it was my first 10K so no matter what time I pulled in at it would be a personal record (PR).  I was running at a comfortable pace which ended up being faster than I had anticipated.  I was also running for a longer period of time than I normally do…66 minutes vs. 32.  At the end of the day, that is where I am going to see a bigger calorie burn and isn’t that what I wanted from the beginning?

Where does this leave me in my training plan?  Should I continue to chase the sub 30?  NO.  Let’s face it, I have an injury that is not going to go away. (If you are just catching up with me, I have a bulging disc in my neck.)  Until I manage to lose a significant amount of weight I truly do not believe I can improve on my pace.  It sounds like a “Catch 22” doesn’t it?  Run to lose weight, lose weight to run.  So here is my plan, are you ready? Can you guess?  I am going to do my best to increase my distance which in turn will increase my workout time which will help me to lose weight and then MAYBE one day I will break the tape before the clock strikes 30.  Who’s with me?

The Random’s;

Phil said something the other day that made me go “Awwwww”.  The Ford commercial came on with Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” playing.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB8QyCkwAGoVChMIg9Tgxa6xyAIVhnE-Ch0hFAvF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dxo1VInw-SKc&usg=AFQjCNGgHvLbi9nrR9u1xhzc2bXtU5ZzFg&bvm=bv.104615367,d.cWw

Phil said, This song makes me think of you.  I have had some obstacles to overcome in my life…who hasn’t?  Phil explained that when he hears “Fight Song” he thinks about how I took charge of my life and learned to thrive.  How flipping sweet is that?!

I had my bi-annual Dental check-up earlier this week.  I am happy to report, no problems there!!

Dental Goodie Bag!
Dental Goodie Bag!

Oddly, now all I can think about is a caramel apple!  What the…?  I don’t even really like caramel all that much.  Why is it that now I feel like my life won’t be complete if I don’t chomp into a caramel apple and soon?!

An Apple a Day?
An Apple a Day?
  • What is your current goal(s)?
  • Dentist, love? Hate? Meh?
  • Caramel Apple, Yay or Nay?
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