Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My first training run!

First, thanks to you all who commented and provided me with such support on my post yesterday announcing my plan to train for a half marathon!  The support was really amazing and touched me so much.  And because of that some of my fears have subsided (for now anyway) and my excitement is growing!  (Shelley-your excitement had me grinning from ear to ear!!!!  Thank you!!!!)

Last night I made plans with my husband so I could sqeeze a run in before the daily routine began.  Our children are still little so the hubs has to be home in order for me to run.  So this morning I got up and grabbed some breakfast.  I was groggier than usual this morning but my mind was set that I had to get out and run.  So I ate a light breakfast, got geared up and out I went.  Its been a while since I have done a run so I was aiming for 2 miles.  The first run on the schedule is 3 miles and the next is 2 miles.  But I read that you can rearrange the runs to fit your schedule.  But once I was out there I was surprised that I had it in me to do 3 miles.  It felt great!  I used my running watch.   I started the run out strong (9-10 min/mile) and knew I would probably burn out so I slowed down a bit.  The watch really helps to put speed into perspective.  By the end of the run it was all I could do to keep below a 13 min/mile.  I did 3.1 miles and my time was about 38 mins.  That is much slower than my 5k times I had last fall but like my husband said its been so long since I have been running.  So really I very excited that I handled 3 miles without  a problem.  

Then I loaded the kids up and went to the gym for some weight training and a little more cardio.  I wont be able to make it there the rest of the week so I put of effort in today.  The rest of the week will probably be running for exercise.

Today's reason for losing weight:
*to wear skirts.  Today I wore a skirt.  In my obese days skirts were a no-no(for me anyway).  I was just too self conscious to wear them.  And although I was still a little self conscious it wasnt enough to not wear it.  Actually, I was more conscious about my legs being so pale next to the dark denim! 

Today I am thankful for:
*its been a while since I had a the pride that seems to come along with working out.  I am sure my body is not yet any smaller or firmer after just a few days of exrcising but in my mind it is.  And to me, that feeling is priceless.


Mom to the Fourth Power said...

3 miles.... Saweet!!! That really is cool!


Shabby Chic Mom- Susie said...

wow , wait to get on that training journey!! and then to the gym for more! YOU ARE A MACHINE :)

dawne said...

Very interesting that the run felt relatively easy after all this time. I think it's all in my head that I can't do it anymore!!!! I need to start thinking like you!

Jessica said...

Yay for a great first run!

Shelley said...

You ran three miles and THEN went to the gym?!? I applaud you. Three miles was cue for me to take a nap!

Tami said...

i love your attitude!

I'm Tami and I have a healthy living blog. I have been a long time WW member and recently gained back a few pounds.

I decided to get a group of bloggers and others together and host a Small Change Challenge to kick off Summer in a healthy way!

Stop by and read about it and see if it is something you would like to join. The more people who join the more positive energy we will create!