I'm not big on crowds. I start feeling suffocated, claustrophobic, or whatever. But a good friend of mine talked me into registering for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure about three years ago. I've participated every year since. This year will be no different. The big day at the Little Rock, Arkansas location is scheduled for Oct. 16th this year. It's a great way to show support for cancer research as well as cancer survivors and their families. The turnout in Little Rock is a big one, with over 40,000 participants every year I've been.The first year, I walked with my friends. Last year, I ran a little bit, but mostly walked. This year, I would really like to be able to run the whole 5k. Me running a 5k… the thought of is a little overwhelming, but what the hell? I may as well give it a shot, right? This means I need to train for it. So I've decided to give the C25K (Couch to 5k) program another try. This will be my second attempt at this program.
That whole make-it-to-the-gym-during-daylight-hours? Yeah…once. I did it once and that was it. [shrugs shoulders] I constantly struggle with the fact that I'm on my own in all of this. I mean without the rest of the family. Hubby says that he's proud of me, but it doesn't mean much. Honestly, this is one of the reasons I stopped before. I would give up or give in. I can't let that happen to me this time. I have to remember that this is for me.
I burned 1646 calories this week. Unfortunately, I didn't lose any weight this week.
Fifty minutes on the elliptical – not so hard now. I had been doing the cardio program on the machine at a level 3 setting until this past week, when I increased the level from 3 to 4. The first time I got back on the elliptical, I thought I was going to keel over and that was with a resistance setting of 15. Now, the resistance goes up to fifty and that first 15min. is a piece of cake. It's even hard for me to believe.
That whole make-it-to-the-gym-during-daylight-hours? Yeah…once. I did it once and that was it. [shrugs shoulders]
I bought a new pair of shoes for this whole running gig. I didn't get the shoes I really wanted and I could really kick myself for not having seen any of these Shoe Guide videos from Runner's World. If you think shoes don't matter – think again. Shoes make a big difference.
I started my C25K training. I downloaded the Podcast series – which is free by the way – and I made it through my first day. Week one goes like this: I start with a walking warm-up of five minutes, next I run for one minute, then follow that up with walking for a minute and a half. I go back and forth from running to walking eight times and end with five minute walking cool-down. The whole thing takes thirty minutes and is repeated three times during the week, with a day of rest in between.
They say it doesn't matter at what pace you do it at. I'll do all this on the treadmill since it's easier for me to keep track of. My walking speed was 2.5. My running speed was 4.0 – 4.2. Okay, so I'm as slow as a turtle on there. Hey, I've got short legs. My inseam is something like 27"…yeah, yeah…laugh it up. Okay, that's enough. Shut-up.
So week 1, day 1 = done. I walked through the 7th running phase because my left shin started hurting a bit, but I was able to run through the last running phase. I really should've stretched more…and longer.
My favorite food this week: Nabisco's Wheat Thins Flatbread.
I knew this was going to catch up to me sooner or later and I think it has. I'm still having a problem with getting all my calories for the day. It's been said that your body will go into 'starvation mode' if you don't fuel it properly. I know this. I've always known this. I still have a problem with this. I'm up for my annual check-up so I'm going to set an appointment with the doc sometime this or next week and see what advice she can give while I'm in there.
This Weeks Goals
- Continue to take supplements
- Continue to put in 50 minutes on the elliptical
- Familiarize myself with the machines again (never got around to it)
- Incorporate the C25K program in my routine
No weight loss this week. So far, a total of six pounds lost. That's it for week seven. I'm moving forward. Thanks for keeping up with me. :)
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