Countdown to 5K walk

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday 18 February

I walked alone today around midday...after walking with my husband on Wednesday, I decided to go solo and just listen to my iPod and walk at my own peace

However, without my "pace car" I ended up with a much slower time:  58:44.6

Ok, so there are pros & cons to walking with and without Joven Stoven...we'll see how the days ahead fair out...almost 2 weeks to race day!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My time has improved!

I have been trying to stay consistent in walking, however I have only managed every other day, but still maintaining my goal of early morning.

My times have improved from when I started tracking my time:

Saturday, Feb 12.....60+ minutes via wrist watch and alone on the track!

Monday, Feb 14....51:41.4 min (***My first PR!!!)  via stopwatch (thanks iPhone for having this cool feature and from here on out, will keep up with my times via stopwatch for accuracy)  Joven Stoven joined me and it was a nice way to start off Valentine's day with my sweetie!

Wednesday, Feb 16.....52:45.4 min  (ok, so I slowed down by 1.4 min which is odd to me, because I incorporated some short sprints into this walk....trying to build up my running before I really commit to buying the app) 
Joven Stoven joined me again for this walk...however, I got quite frustrated with him.  Especially when he tried to push me beyond where I wasn't enjoying the walk and I almost wanted to cry.  But I held my tongue and stated to him, "you can either walk WITH me or not" and after repeating myself a couple of times, he finally got it. 
All really I want is his companionship to be the role of supportive husband and not dictatorial "Biggest Loser" coach!  Just be with me, let me do this at my own pace and quit trying to push me beyond my limits.  After all, I've never attempted to do anything like this before, mainly because before 4 years ago I also weighed 310 pounds and obviously I didn't reach that size by exercise!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I just registered for my first race and it's in 3 weeks!

 So here I am...I got a little ballsy and decided that if I'm really going to pursue this goal of running a race...I might as well bite the bullet and commit to something!  

El Paso Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk

Sunday morning on March 6th, I'll be taking my first steps toward running...I'm actually just gonna do the 5K Walk.  The race is in 20 days, I've never ran beyond 30 seconds, and I just conquered a limitation in my own mind when I walked 5K (3.125 miles) this past Thursday afternoon!  And then I walked it again on Saturday afternoon!  Both times it took me about 60+ minutes.

Goals to prepare for this race:
1.  Improve my time from 60+minutes and down to 45 minutes.  I think that's reasonable.
2.  Walk everyday from February 14th thru March 5th...20 days to train!
3.  Begin walking in the mornings, as opposed to the afternoon, so that I can acclimate to the time of the day the race will be taking place.