Archive for June 2012
So, yesterday I decided to do the Noland Trail. It’s a really hilly trail in Newport News. Great scenery, peaceful, and not too crowded, but just enough so you feel comfortable. The trail is 5 miles, with half mile markers so you know how far you’ve gone. I went around once, did my 5 miles and still felt pretty good. I figured, why not go again? Yes, I ended up doing 10 miles yesterday! It was actually pretty great! Sure I was tired and sore afterward (I was cursing those hills around mile 8.5!) but it was a great accomplishment. The farthest I’ve ever gone.
It took me 3 hours and 5 minutes, averaging out to an 18 minute mile. Well, actually 17.5 minute mile. I took a 10 minute break around mile 8. Which normally I would complain about, but considering the hills and it being the farthest I’ve gone, it’s pretty good for me!
If I can do that once a week, I should have no problem getting ready for the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon in October. I need to work on my time, definitely. With an 18 minute mile, I could finish, no problem, but I want to be able to do more than finish. And I know, it being my first half marathon, all that should matter is finishing. And I will be happy with that. But I set a goal for 3 hours and 45 minutes, and I would love to beat that goal.
Now, I know losing weight will help me with that (less to carry) and wouldn’t you know, after all that yesterday, I woke up this morning and weighed in (even though it’s not my normal weigh in day…I was curious!). I had lost 4 pounds since Monday! I’ve been eating better, too, so I’m sure that has a lot to do with it, but wow. Definitely makes me want to push myself even more!
I’m not sure how I’m going to do things with Lola getting out of school next week. I should be able to add the kids club onto my membership temporarily at the gym so she can go there while I work out. And maybe during the times that I want to go on the trail, I can have her stay with my aunt or someone. I just need to keep this up. I can’t stop working hard.
I’m actually happy right now. Despite a few recent things…I’m happy.
So, Friday I got an information pamphlet in the mail about the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon in October. It just makes me more more excited and more motivated!
It’s 18 weeks from today and I can’t wait. Of course, I’m nervous. It’s 13.1 miles! But I’m excited for the challenge. I only hope when it’s time, I’m more than ready, physically.
Time wise, I’m not too worried about. It’s distance. I’ve never walked that far before, much less jogged or ran. I’ve been trying to work on getting miles in, and last week I managed to do a total of 37.7 miles. My goal was 30, so that’s pretty good.
But I need to work up to doing 13.1 miles at one time. The farthest I’ve done lately at one time is 7.05 miles. That’s a little over half of a half marathon.
I haven’t been working very much on time lately. I timed myself on a mile on Friday, and I managed to do a 16:04 mile. While I could finish the race with time to spare, that’s not the time I want to have come October. And I have a 5k in September I’d like to improve my time for. So, I really do need to step it up.
I’ve been working on my core lately, which I know helps. I’m not sure if I’ve lost any weight and won’t know until next week (this week is shark week). But I have been working out every single day and plan to again this week, so hopefully I’ll see some pounds come off.
Lots of work to be done!