Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I'm Glowing!

Jen, Me and Sarah Pre Race
I'm still here.

I did a 5k on Saturday. The Glow Run. I was dreading it, because since I had decided that I wasn't going to do the Half, I pretty much quit running all together. So I figured the 5k was going to be awful! Stephanie, my SIL, Jennifer and my niece Sarah were doing it, so I was just going to stick with them and walk when they needed to.

When I went to pick up my packet Friday night, I saw Kevin, one of the S2F coaches, and I immediately felt guilty. Earlier in the day, I saw Lori, from S2F and also felt guilty when I saw her. Jennifer told her friend, who is training for the Prairie Fire Half, that I was training for it also, and I felt guilty. I was feeling guilty and ashamed...

Me, Sarah, and Jen Post Race
But back to the Glow Run....We started out, and I was surprised right away! Running wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be! I actually felt awesome! I stuck with Sarah and Jennifer as planned and walked when they needed to, but I could have run a whole lot more! I finished in 43:35, which is not my best, and also not my worst. I think the temperature had a LOT to do with it! The run was really fun! It was at night and everyone had glow necklaces, bracelets, glow sticks. There were 2 black light zones on the course with a DJ! It was a really fun race! And we even got medals!

Me and Stephanie Pre Race
Elliott watching Mama Race!
Elliott said "Yay Mommy! You run fast!" It made my night!
Me and Stephanie Post Race

On the way home, I told Paul that I thought I could have PR'd that race if I'd ran the whole thing! Then that night I started thinking about the Half and I decided that I am going to resume my Half training!

So yesterday morning, Kim and I met at SCP to do 4 miles at 5am! I maintained a 11:30 min/mile pace for the first 10 minutes which is super fast for me! We ended up walking a lot after the first mile, because she had been in Rhode Island for 2 weeks and we had a lot to catch up on, but it felt great to be back out there! We ran into about 3 animals, skunks and raccoons, we think, and they picked up our pace for awhile there! I also saw a shooting star! It was a nice morning run! I think that the heat wave is over and that my training will be much smoother from here on out!

I have a 7 mile long run this Saturday, which I'm nervous for. I've never run 7 miles before, but I'm going to do my best and finish it out.

I had to take my dog to the vet (my work place) this morning because she was limping. She had gotten a sticker in her pad and it was really irritating her. She has a little bandage on her foot now! Elliott said that she had on a sock!
Marley and her sock!

October 2011 vs Aug 2012
After that, I met up with a guy to buy a couple of child bike seats. Paul patched up my tires last night and we bought a helmet for Elliott. I'm hoping to take her out on the bike today, but it has been raining all morning so far.

I'm going to run 2 miles at some point today and I have Hip Hop Hustle tonight. I'm kind of thinking I want to try the Ultimate Strength and Cardio class that is before Hip Hop... we'll see.

Although I haven't been running, I'm still losing weight. Slowly, but surely. I'm down to 191.6. I want to be down to the 180's by September 1st.

First Race November 2011 vs Most Recent Race August 2012
I start my Girls on the Run coaching the first week of September. I just found out today that I am going to be working with 6-8th grade girls, which I'm not thrilled about. I was really wanting to work with the 3rd-5th grades. I don't think that the older girls will like me. I hate that I'm so self conscious! I just know that the older girls are going to be much more aware that I'm the fat one! :/

Well, I hope everyone is doing well!


  1. What a fun race!! :) Add me on my fitness pal if you want! My name is megeku :)

  2. I totally want to do the Glow run! Looks so fun! :) Also, I have been thinking of being a girls on the run coach too!

    1. The race was so fun!

      You should SO be a GOTR coach! I'm so excited about it!

  3. That run sounds like so much fun! I'd love to do one like that. I haven't run a 5k since December, but am hoping to get the courage to do one again soon. I'm not to where I want to be, and have to walk some, but I shouldn't let that keep me from doing them! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You should sign up for another 5k! It's awesome to get out there! It's okay if you have to walk some, or all, of it!

  4. FUN!! I so want to do a glow run too :) Good job on getting back out there with the training! I've got my first 7mile run this weekend too (well since January)! And don't stress about the coaching! I am sure you will be great! What an amazing opportunity :)

  5. I was ready to come drag you out if that hole you were in! Glad you are back training. Truthfully, I went on vacation, had 2 bad workouts so I have to get back on track!

    1. Thank you for the support! It is so hard to get back on track after having bad work outs! Keep it up!