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?
Phil said something the other day that made me go “Awwwww”. The Ford commercial came on with Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” playing.
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!!
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?!
- What is your current goal(s)?
- Dentist, love? Hate? Meh?
- Caramel Apple, Yay or Nay?