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!