I went for a 5K run this morning after breakfast. I made it to the 2.5 mile mark before breaking down to a short walk. After that, I ran the rest of the way. My total time for the 3.1 miles was 25 minutes and 50 seconds. Next time, I want to make it past 2.5 miles.
This is workout #88 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It was terrible. My legs felt like lead. And, about 1.8 miles into it, I had to break down into an alternating walk/jog to complete the 3.1 miles. Total time was 27 minutes and 10 seconds. Ugh.
This is workout #87 for 2013.
At the end of August, I weighed 184 pounds. Three months later, I now weigh 185.6 pounds. And, to be totally candid, I am surprised that it’s not more..considering how poorly I have been eating the last couple of months.
In any event, I am now drawing the line. I know what I did to reach this place and I know what I need to do to get back to where I need to be…and I want to lose 10 pounds over the next 5 weeks. Come year end, I want to weigh 175 pounds. That’s a decent year-end number for me, of late.
I know…it’s crazy to try and lose two pounds a week for five weeks in a row…period. And, it’s more than insane to try and do it during the year-end holidays. But, I am determined to give it my best shot.
It will require really watching what I eat, making great food choices, using portion control, tracking what I eat, being accountable, monitoring the scale, and exercising more often. But, these are things that I know how to do…and I have done them in the past…and it’s just that I got away from them (over the last 10 months or so).
I know that my ideal weight should be around 172 to 173 pounds. And, I am way over that now at 185.6 pounds.
But, it stops now.
I ran a very hard 5K race today. It’s full of hills. This is the 3rd time I have run this race. And, I failed.
Twice, I had to break down into a walk. I was simply going too fast. And, it doesn’t help that I am carrying around at least 10 pounds of fat that I need to lose.
Overall, I did the race in 25 minutes and 57 seconds. Of the 293 runners in the race, I finished 59th. And, I was 41st of the 124 men running. Lastly, I was 7 out of 24 for my gender/age group (Men, 50 to 59).
Given my normal running time and the difficulty of the race, I should be happy with the overall time. But, I cannot stand the fact that I ran another race where I broke down into a walk. It’s very embarrassing.
I went for a Thanksgiving Day 5K run after breakfast today. For kicks, I took a totally new route. It was cold and windy out there: 34° F with a RealFeel® temp of 21° F.
It was hard, especially in the wind; but, I pushed myself. And, I did the 3.1 miles, running all the way, in 25 minutes and 42 seconds. This is good – and it will be my last run before my race on Sunday.
This is workout #85 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run this morning after breakfast. I did the 3.1 miles in 25 minutes and 41 seconds. This is the third time in a row that I have done it without walking. All good news!
I really wanted to get out there today. Tomorrow, we have a major storm moving in with something like 5 inches of rain and 60 MPH winds. And, Thursday is Thanksgiving. There’s a good chance this will be my last run before my race on Sunday.
This is workout #84 for 2013. And, today is also my 51st birthday.
I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. I took my harder route since my race is coming up soon. It was cold out there: 27° F with a RealFeel® of 18°F – but it was sunny and I was dressed for it.
It was hard and I had to push myself. Yet, I did the 3.1 miles, running all the way, in 25 minutes and 27 seconds. This is two times in a row now that I did not have to break down into a walk.
For the record, I used new sneakers today. The ones I was using where a year old and worn. New ones felt good.
This is workout #83 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run this morning after breakfast. I took my “harder” route.
Guess what? I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 25 minutes and 39 seconds without ever breaking down to a walk! This is great for me, now, all things considered.
This is workout #82 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run this morning after breakfast. My goal was to make 2.5 miles without breaking down to a walk. And, I made it. Next goal is to make it to 2.8 miles. All told, my time for the 3.1 miles was 26 minutes and 11 seconds.
This is workout #81 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run this morning after breakfast. My goal was to make 2.2 miles without breaking down to a walk. And, I made it. Next goal is to make it to 2.5 miles. All told, my time for the 3.1 miles was 26 minutes and 20 seconds.
This is workout #80 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run this morning. For a change, I tried a route that I hardly use and did it without my iPod. I hit the wall at the 1.9 mile mark – which is bad but better than yesterday.
In total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 26 minutes and 56 seconds. Next run, I want to get at least to 2.2 miles without stopping and try and build from there.
This is workout #79 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run this morning. It was brutal.
Around 1.3 miles, I got winded and ended up doing an alternating walk/jog home from there. I covered the 3.1 miles in 27 minutes and 22 seconds. And, I have a race in two weeks. I need to get my rear in gear, and fast.
This is workout #78 for 2013.
It’s been six days since I went for a run. Worse, I spent the whole weekend being lazy, extremely lazy, and over eating.
This morning, after breakfast, I went for a 5K run. I broke down at the 1.8 mile mark. From there, I did an alternating walk/jog to cover the 3.1 miles. My legs felt like lead. My time for the route was 26 minutes and 58 seconds. Ugh!
I have a killer race on December 1st. This means I have 4 weeks to get my act together.
This is workout #77 for 2013.
Went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Must have been running too fast? Broke down to a walk after 2.3 miles. Did walk/run/walk/run after that. Finished the 3.1 miles in 25 minutes and 14 seconds.
This is workout #76 for 2013.
I did a race this morning. I almost didn’t make it. I had a hard time finding it. Thanks to my wife, who I called via my cell, for helping me with directions.
I was flying in the beginning. At the one-mile mark, I was a sub-eight (around 7:47). That’s fast for me. And, at the two-mile mark, I was at 16:00 exactly. But, I burnt out. And, at the 2.6 mile mark, thereabouts, I broke down into a walk. From there, I ran again, walked again, and then ran to the finish line.
This was not a chip race. But, per my GPS, my time for the 3.1mikes was 25 minutes and 11 seconds. That’s great for me. (The race had me at 25:23.)
I finished 46th of 293 runners today. Of all the men, I was 32 out of 110. And, for the guys 50 to 59, I was 6th out of 24.
I’ll take it. While I hate the fact that I broke down into a walk, I cannot complain about the overall time and how I placed in the race.
This is workout #75 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. I took my harder route. It was cold and somewhat windy.
The results were not good. I broke down to a walk at 2.2 miles and did an alternating walk/run from there. In total, my time for the 3.1 miles was 26 minutes and 39 seconds.
I have no idea what’s going to happen in my race on Sunday? It’s at the beach. So, it will be cold and windy. At this point, I just don’t want to break down into a walk during it.
This is workout #74 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run today – even though I was not in the mood for it – after breakfast. It just seemed like too nice of a day not to get out there before I spent the whole day on the computer.
Sadly, I broke down into a walk at the 2.5 mile mark. (Oh, so, close!) I did the alternating walk/jog from there.
Maybe I was running too fast? Maybe I was tired from all the running I have been doing lately?
My overall time for the 3.1 miles was 25 minutes and 42 seconds – which is my normal time. So, maybe I was just going too fast?
This is workout #73 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. I decided to take my “harder” route. And, my goal today was to (1) keep my pace, (2) run the whole thing without walking (3) breaking down to a slow jog if needed, and, (4) don’t worry about my time.
It was hard – especially towards the end. I really pushed myself not to start walking. I played every trick with my mind.
Guess what? I ran the whole 3.1 miles without stopping and my time was 25 minutes and 12 seconds – which is a very good time for me.
Today is a gold star running day for me now.
This is workout #72 for 2013.
I have run twelve 5K races in the last 23 months (since I started running). Below are my GPS times for each race:
At this point, I think it’s safe to say that my time for a race is 25:45 – and, anything better than that should be a goal. (On the flip side, anything much worse should be a disappointment.)
I was off for this race today. I got up at 6 AM and had some oatmeal, a glass of water, and a cup of decaf tea – since I had to get my 9-year old son to his baseball game at 8 AM. We left the ballpark at 11 AM for the race at 12 noon. I had a bagel with some peanut butter on the way to the race. But, I did not have anything else to drink. The whole thing was a bad idea. I was not “right” for this one. My head was all over the place and my energy was not…well, I was not feeling it.
Sadly, I also did not “run my race” and I tried to “race” too much. And, it all caught up to me around the 2.6 mile mark and I broke down to a walk. I started to run again. And, very close to finishing, I broke down to another quick walk. However, I did run across the finish line.
On my GPS, it had me running 3.16 miles in 25 minutes and 42 seconds – which is a 8:08 pace. That’s actually good for me. I think the best pace I ever had was right at 8:00.
Overall, I finished 104th out of 332 runners. I have no idea on the splits yet. Below is my pace and the evelation of the route. They had a real nasty hill around the 1.2 mile mark. That was hard for me.
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This is workout #71 for 2013.
I was 104th of 332 overall.
Of all the men, I was 66th of 160.
And, for men ages 50-59, I was 14th of 28.
There were some serious runners in this one.
Four of the top 28 men overall were in my age bracket.
I went for a 5K run at 7:15 PM tonight. It was pitch-dark out and I could not see where I was going. But, I did the best that I could do – and thought I was running OK.
The good news is that I felt strong the whole way. And, I ran the whole 3.1 miles. The bad news is that my time was 26 minutes and 26 seconds. That’s a minute slower than I would like to see…
In any event, this is my last run before my race on Saturday. And, my time there will be what it will be…
This is workout #70 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. I was determined to make the whole 3.1 miles running – since I have a race this Saturday. I took my “harder” route. And, it was hard! I never would have made it without my iPod. The music keeps my mind from going to bad places. In total, I covered the route in 25 minutes and 48 seconds. That seems to be my usual time these days.
This is workout #69 for 2013.
I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. I did it without music since my 9-year old son stole my ear buds and now I cannot find them. It really didn’t work out.
At the 2.3 mile mark, I started to walk. From there, I alternated jogging and walking the rest of the way. It total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 25 minutes and 47 seconds – which means I was running fast when I was running.
But, I have another race in four days. And, I need to do better than this now…
…maybe I was too pissed, over the ear buds, to stay focused today?
This is workout #68 for 2013.
I went for a delayed 5K run after breakfast. It was hard – as I was not feeling 100%. And, I took my harder route. Also, it was breezy.
This was very difficult for me. I had to push myself very much. I never would have made it without my iPod. In total, I ran the 3.1 miles in 25 minutes and 39 seconds. And, I will take that today.
This is workout #67 for 2013.
I went for a delayed 5K run after breakfast. (I was stuck on a work call earlier.) It was hard – especially at the end! – but, I ran the whole 3.1 miles without breaking down.
My time was 25 minutes and 28 seconds. And, I am very happy about it. (Kudos to my iPod for keeping my brain busy during the run!)
This is workout #66 for 2013.