Posts tagged c25k
Posts tagged c25k
The mile a day was part of the C25K W1D2 with the wife and kids. We hit the school track.
1.82 miles. 30:30.
Afterwards the wife and I finished off the 5k.
2.28 miles. 28:15.
Almost 100 straight days of completing at least one mile! Today’s version was C25K W1D1 with the wife and kids. We are starting them out on the program!
1.76 miles. 29:35.
The daughter thought she was going to die every time we ran for 60 seconds, so hopefully that gets better…
Oh, I almost forgot to post this picture of the tech shirt I got from my 5k yesterday. Matching Father’s Day one coming next month! I honestly can’t wait!
Luckily I only got a warning… 66 in a 50… It pays to have a clean driving record (albeit only a month removed from the 5 year period). :)
On the road to his first 5K EVER!!!!
Edit: Immediately after (as this was posting) he got pulled over for speeding…
That is the official time for my Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5k today. 11:36 pace. Which is only about 9 seconds off my PR, so for my first race ever, I am happy with the results.
Nerves, nerves, and more nerves. That’s my morning in a nutshell. Up until I started walking to the starting line I had that nervous-poopy-stomach feeling. Once I was in the chute, I was fine.
I started myself back in the chute quite a ways. While I was walking to my spot I saw “Under 6 Min Pace”, “Under 7 Min Pace”, “Under 8 Min Pace”, “Under 9 Min Pace”, “Under 10 Min Pace”, signs and just kept on walking back… :) I found myself a spot between the 10 minute pacers and the strollers in the back and just settled in while I waited for the cannon to go off.
Then it happened. BOOM! My first thought? 'Holy shit!' Then I turned on my music and started walking. The massive crowd was really tight so I just walked until I got closer to the starting line and once I was there I started my runkeeper app and started running. I knew to look for Heidi and the kids a bit past the starting line at our predecided on spot and there they were, cheering and taking pictures. I waved on my way by and tried to navigate through the crowd to get myself into a groove.
At about the half mile mark I realized that I should have gone pee. Like, really really should have gone pee. My bladder was feeling heavy and made me want to stop and pee in someone’s yard, but I didn’t… No need to get arrested when running to support breast cancer on Mother’s Day. :)
I saw the 1 mile marker and the clock said 11:30. When I passed it, it said 12:00. I knew I was maybe a minute or so behind the starting pack, so my pace was faster than normal and I figured that was from the adrenaline rush at the beginning. I tried to slow myself a bit so that I wouldn’t run out of steam and I’m glad I did because I started getting a side stitch at about 1.3 or so. It’s a good thing that I slowed my pace or it would have been worse. When I saw the water station at about the 1.6 mile mark, I was extremely happy. My mouth was dry and the side stitch was slowly going away, but I knew some water…even the slightest amount, was going to help. I jogged through the station, grabbed a cup, guzzled it, and tossed the cup in one of the trashcans instead of on the road like many of my un-courteous runner brethren.
Then I hit mile 2! Almost done. Only another mile to go. 'Yes!' At about this point my original theme song from “my new adventure” came on: It’s Been A While by Staind. It was the perfect time. I knew it is a 4 minute song and it was going to take me to close to the 2.5 mile mark and by then I would almost be home free. And it did! I kept on a chugging and right around that 2.5 mile mark I saw a few of the “top dogs” that had finished in about 1/2 of my time who had come back out on the course to cheer on those that were just a tad slower than them. I thought that was awesome and it gave me just a bit more pep in my step to see that handful of faster runners take the time to run back out to cheer on those of us that are not, and will never be, elite runners.
I’m not exactly sure where the mile 3 marker is as the 3.1 marker is just before home plate at the Sea Dogs baseball stadium, so I assume it is somewhere near the track that is behind the field. You actually run along the track and in through a door in the very center of center field and then run along the warning track towards left field and down the 3rd baseline to the finish line. When I hit the warning track coming through the stadium wall, I was in awe. I was almost to the finish line of my very first official race. As I was going by the scoreboard of the “Maine Monster,” I started getting emotional and I felt a couple tears well up in my eyes. I told myself to MTFU and not do that, but instead to SMILE in this last stretch and enjoy what I was about to accomplish. And you know what? I did. I even slapped 5’s with all the kids in the front row who were cheering everyone on.
And then it happened. I. Finished. My. First. Official. Race.
After I crossed the finish line I saw the family. They were all standing up and cheering and waving and Heidi was taking pictures.
I was proud of what I had just accomplished. I remember standing in that same spot last year and watching Heidi finish her first race ever and how proud I was of her and thinking how I could or would never do that. That made me so glad that I was able to make this my first race too. That I was able to dedicate my first race, the Mother’s Day 5k, to the woman that gave me the two best kids anyone could ask for. It was a great feeling!
After downing a couple of waters and a couple granola bars, I made my way up into the stadium seats to meet up with them. We sat and watched a few more minutes worth of finishers and then made our way to my MIL’s to change and get ready for lunch. We had a celebratory trip to Five Guys and enjoyed some burgers and fries immensely!
Goals for my first official 5k:
Thanks to everyone for their kind words and support throughout my adventure. I appreciate every single one of you!
Well, I did it. My runkeeper had a time of 37:06, but I stopped it late by mistake.
Official time: 36:03… 11:36 pace…
I’ve had the celebratory Five Guys burger and fries and now time for groceries.
T minus 20 minutes…
Kicked in last night. They are still here too.
This is only just another 3.1 run… This is only just another 3.1 run… This is only just another 3.1 run… This is only just another 3.1 run… This is only just another 3.1 run… This is only just another 3.1 run… This is only just another 3.1 run… This is only just another 3.1 run… This is only just another 3.1 run… This is only just another 3.1 run…
Maybe I’ll believe it if I keep saying it. No one has expectations for me except for me, so no matter what happens I’m going to try and remember that…
Well, I did it. I got my 5k training run in. 37:30 for an 11:52 pace. I’ll take it with this chest congestion I’ve got going on. It felt good to get out and run outside and the fresh air was good for my chest I think. Although, it seems a little worse inside now… Oh well, I’ll take the rest of the day and tomorrow off and rest up now.
I will be running in my first ever 5k race.
However, I’ve hit a snag. I want to do my training run this morning, but my throat has been sore since Friday and my voice in and out. I am somewhat congested and breathing is tending to be an issue even without the increased heart rate, etc. from running. So I’m feeling very “ugh” about it.
I’m still going to give it a shot in a few. If I need to stop and walk a bit, then I will, but I don’t want to use this crappy feeling as a crutch. I’ve got exactly one week before my first ever 5k race. Something I’ve been working towards for a while now and I
want need to continue getting my mileage in every couple of days so that come this time next Sunday I am kicking ass and taking names…