My first 5K race

Monday, May 30, 2011

The weekend eating wise was bad... very bad... After Greek take out on Friday night I was in an emotional eating funk on Saturday. I had an email from my aunt in the UK about my gran who has been admitted to hospital after a heart attack. She’s doing OK and they have to wait until Tuesday to see anyone as the Brits have a public holiday today. Fingers crossed she won’t be in there long as she doesn’t like hospitals.

After that news felt a bit sad and basically binge ate my way through Saturday. I wasn’t super-bad but bad enough. We had friends over on Saturday night for a bbq and I had 3 large glasses of wine together with too much food and way way too much desert. I also didn’t get into bed until 12.30am.. and then it took me ages to get to sleep. I kept waking up following dreams about forgetting my running shoes for the race in the morning or forgetting my iphone so I wouldn’t be able to use the C25K program... and forgetting everything basically. It wasn’t a good night’s sleep – and our little one also climbed into bed with us and disrupted my sleep even more.

The alarm went off at 6.30am (yes there is such a time on a Sunday morning!) and I got up, ate a quick bowl of Kashi, threw on my running clothes and left the house.

It was a gorgeous day in West Vancouver yesterday as I drove to the Park Royal Mall, where the Rotary Club 5K (and 10K) races were to start. The skies were blue but there was still a slight chill in the air. It wasn’t a big race, and I felt comfortable as there weren’t too many runner and walkers behind the starting line just before 7.30 – and then the race started. I started my C25K app and walked to my favourite tunes to warm up – the warm up is 5 minutes but it seemed to be longer, so I checked my iphone only to see I had paused the warm up – and had been walking for longer! Whoops! I pressed the forward button and was into a run for 60 seconds. Not too bad... then I was quickly returned to a walk... The C25K program lasts for 30 minutes so closer to the end, I pressed the back button a few times to get a couple of extra runs and walks in before the cool down.

When I ran, I didn’t feel too tired or exhausted – I felt pretty good. My knee held up pretty well, I did feel a bit of soreness but luckily that appears to have gone today. I passed most of the walkers that I could see as I kept to my interval program. I walked pretty fast for the cool down towards the end too. Unfortunately the clock was only viewable after a bend with only a short distance to go – if it had been at the end of a longer stretch I would have put a burst of running in to break 40 minutes... As it was, I didn’t have enough time to make it – and got to 40.05 minutes. A very respectable time for my first 5K, I believe.

Today, I’m sore in the hips more than anywhere else. I also got some little blisters on my inside heel. I hope a good pair of socks will sort that out as I don’t want to have to replace my new running shoes. I’ll get some of those blister band aids for my C25K session tomorrow.

The next race is in just under 3 weeks. It’s at Burnaby Lake Park and I think my friend is going to come along too. I just hope she doesn’t mind if I put my headphones on and do the race by myself.

This morning I got up at 5.30 and did the Cardio Kickboxing bootcamp video and also the glutes video. I’m playing catchup as I forgot to do them. I did two yesterday too as I was behind but failed miserably at the pilates style abs workout. I didn’t finish it. :o(

Tonight it’s my circuit training class and tomorrow I’m going to get up at about 5.15 to do the C25K session! I have gone mad! I am actually getting up increasingly earlier than necessary to do workouts!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever got up at 5.15am before because I “wanted” to – except if catching a flight or going on holiday. When I was in my early twenties, I often didn’t go to bed until then!!!

We watched 127 hours last night – if that’s not something to put you off rock climbing and canyoning, I don’t know what is!
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    YAY!!! im so proud of you!!! if sounds like the race went great especially since it was your first race and you were most probably tired after such a busy weekend and bad sleep! WAY TO GO!!!
    i cant believe your getting up so early for your work outs YOU GO GIRL!!!!! i had to force myself out of bed to go to the gym at 6am today, i dont know how i would have handled 515!! haha
    i need to play catch up with the videos as well i missed mondays and tuesdays well its more that i forgot cause i was all over the place! i hope your blisters get better! i always get them when i buy new shoes so hopefully they'll go away soon :)
    cant wait to hear how you go in your next race!! three weeks is a good gap and by the sounds of it your training is going well so who knows you might even get under the 40min mark woo and im sure your friend will understand about the headphones :)
    well done you should be very proud of yourself!!!
    3630 days ago
    I do hope you receive good news on your gran.
    I am happy your first 5 k was such a great experience! I've done some in the past , but not in awhile. You are inspiring me to sign up for one soon!
    3631 days ago
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