27:23

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27:23 Time; 8:49 per mile pace; 1002 place out of 3522 runners.

I’ll take it!

The Hot Chocolate 5k for Domestic Violence has come and gone and I am pretty satisfied with how I did. Considering the hills and how FREEZING it was (about 20 degrees I believe), I was hoping to come in under 29 minutes and surpassed that by more than a minute and a half!

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For weeks I had been telling my brother (who runs cross country and completed the race with 7 minute miles last year) that if he felt like I was going too slow for him then he shouldn’t feel like he has to stay with me. However, he made the decision to run with me the whole time despite the fact that he could do better, which I was very grateful for.

He talked me through the whole thing and was an awesome coach! Whenever I felt like I was getting tired, he would motivate me to go faster. When I was running a good pace, he would tell me I was doing a great job and to keep it up. When we passed the 1 mile and 2 mile marks, he would let me know whether or not we needed to pick up the pace in order to break 30 minutes. Little did I know, we were well below 30 and he was just trying to help me do my best!

I planned to run with my ipod to keep track of my time using my Nike app, but I was convinced not to so that I don’t obsess over my times throughout the race. So glad I didn’t! I was able to focus on my stride and pushing myself without freaking out if the Nike lady came on in my headphones to tell me that my average mile was higher than what I wanted.

After the 3rd or 4th hill (I was told there was only one. Lies!), I had a brief moment when I thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish well. My brother told me how close we were to the finish line and we BOOKED it. I have no idea where that last burst of energy came from, but we sprinted the last .3-.5 mile like nobody’s business.

I felt so great after the race, and so proud that I beat my last 5k time by probably 6 minutes. Now to register for another!

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Running, Running as Fast as I can

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The Hot Chocolate 5k For Domestic Violence is this weekend! I have just one more serious practice run before my second road race ever! I’m excited but also a little anxious because I am running with a 17 year old cross country runner…

Since I got my new sneakers, I’ve covered just under 30 miles – not a lot but exciting to watch it add up. It’s amazing to me that some people do marathons, the majority of what I have done, in just one day! Loco!

It feels like I have run a lot more than I apparently have, but that’s probably because I run with higher frequency than I do distance per run. I have been running pretty regularly on the treadmill, always doing at least a mile, but unfortunately have not made it outside as much as I would have liked. Before I go into work, it’s dark. When I get out of work, it’s dark. Not a huge deal but also not the biggest fan of running at night by myself.

It’s December and I live in New England. I expect the race to be cold, and because I have not run outside enough, that makes me nervous! I don’t run well in the cold and I haven’t been training myself to get used to it. I did a short run over Thanksgiving break outside with my brother, and it was freezing and extremely windy! While he ran along like a gazelle, I was wheezing like a maniac at his side. Any tips on cold/windy weather running?

I would love to be able to give a 10K and Half Marathon a shot next year. I just need to find a way to balance serious strength training and serious running. After I ran the Color Me Rad 5k over the summer, I fell off my running routine because I was anxious to lift again. I have lifted less the past few weeks so I could focus on my running, and I am very much looking forward to starting again after this weekend’s race.  I don’t want to lose any progress I make with either!

 

Treadmill vs. Nike+

Does anyone know whether the treadmill or Nike+ is more accurate?

20131015-111935.jpgI ran on the treadmill at the gym yesterday and used my Nike+ chip as backup for tracking my time and distance.  Nike told me that I went .21 further than the treadmill did, with my average pace being 8:34 and my best mile being 8:24, while my treadmill mile was 10:26.

I ran until I hit a mile on the treadmill just to be sure that I actually completed the distance I wanted – if I went a little further, great. However, I am unsure which device is more accurate than the other. Because I am training for another 5k (and hopefully something bigger down the road), my times are important to me!

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I’d like to think that Nike+ is more accurate (obviously I would LIKE that), not only because my mile is better but because my time is more in line with other runs I have done. The day before yesterday I ran outside using the chip and it told me that my pace was 8:48 per mile. I have also done other runs using MapMyRun and GPS, and the Nike times are closer to those than the treadmill is.

Now, I am POSITIVE that I was running faster yesterday (treadmill) than I was the day before (outside). This leads me to believe that between my Nike+ and MapMyRun data, the apps are more accurate than the treadmill. But how can I be sure?

Has anyone else experienced this, or have any insight as to which is more trustworthy? I understand that treadmills are calibrated to measure your speed and distance using the belt and that Nike uses the sensor to calculate your stride, but I don’t understand how there could be such a large difference. My brothers who are both runners have always told me that your time on foot will always be better than on a treadmill, but I wasn’t expecting this!

My Precious

20131010-135122.jpgLOVE LOVE LOVE. New sneakers, finally! 

I have been on the hunt for new sneakers for about a month now, and I finally decided to get the pair that I came back to over and over again. I was pretty certain from the start that I wanted Nike Free 5.0. My real dilemma was what color?! There are so many options, I just couldn’t take it! I finally went with the pair that first caught my eye and it’s been a match made in heaven ever since.

Ok, I have only used them twice (I got them less than a week ago and I have been recovering from a nasty cold, OK?!?!), but so far so good!

I have only been able to use them at the gym, though.  The real test will be when I can finally get these babies out on the road for a good run. I’ve done a couple of miles on the treadmill in them but you just can’t tell until you are outside.

I still haven’t registered for my next 5k race in December, but I look forward to training for it in these bad boys!

Back to Running

Ever since the Color Me Rad 5k over the summer, I have seriously fallen off my running game.. something I promised myself I wouldn’t do.

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Well, I have another race to look forward to and it’s time to get back into it! In December, I plan to do Hot Chocolate Run 5k for Safe Passage! The run is in support of an organization against domestic violence. I haven’t signed up just yet, but I definitely plan to.

My brother has done it in the past and convinced me to do it with him this year. And by “with him,” he doesn’t really mean “with him” since he is a beast. The most we will be doing together is drinking the complimentary hot chocolate together at the finish line. Last year, he placed 196 out of almost 3,500 runners… really? (Insert unamused face here). I think it’s safe to say that I will NOT be running with him this year. He will be nothing more than a tiny ant in the distance to me.

Anyways, I started running again this week. I hadn’t run more than a mile since my race (more than 2 months ago) because I jumped right back into heavy strength training as soon it ended. I was nervous that I had lost it.

So, on Tuesday the goal was to do 2 miles after some weights, and I was able to do it much easier than I anticipated! I mean, yea, I struggled a little bit toward the end, but it wasn’t as painful as I envisioned. I also didn’t do it as fast as I would have liked, but what did I expect? Like I said, it had been a while. My boyfriend/trainer said that it was easier than I expected because not only have I been doing .3-.5 mile warm ups before and/or after lifting, but also because a lot of my workouts consist of cardio-type lifts, such as super-setting and drop-setting. So, my body hadn’t fully forgotten.

I have 9 weeks to train. Based on this week, it should (hopefully) be cake – assuming I commit to training regularly!

5k Success!

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This past Saturday I ran my very first 5k race and had a blast!

My friend (left) and I were on the road for the Color Me Rad 5k outside of Boston by 4:45am, and were running by 8:10. The course was on the Brockton fairgrounds and was AWESOME. During the run, there are “Color Bomb Squads” that throw/squirt you with paint as you run by. You start off in white and end as a multi-colored awesome mess.

We signed up for it about 3 months ago, and the experience alone was SO worth the $40 donation to the Special Olympics of Massachusetts. In addition to a good time, you get an awesome blue t-shirt with the Color Me Rad logo, a pair of fluorescent sunglasses to keep the paint out of your eyes (super smart idea), a “RAD” tattoo, a paint packet and the race bib.

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There were about 10 heats and hundreds of participants in each. Prior to your race time, there was a stage area set up where a DJ would hold contests, play music and throw paint bombs into the crowd to get everyone hyped up.

During the race, there were 5 “Color Bomb Squads” set up at different points, where they would throw handfuls of powdered paint at you or squirt you with dyed water as you ran by. I went out of my way to run directly in front of the hoses to cool off.

Though I had been training for it, I was still nervous that I wouldn’t do well or that maybe I wouldn’t be able to run through the whole thing. I tend to start too fast, ruining my pace. I surprised myself by running the whole thing and feeling like I could have kept going!

I actually ended up running most of the race on my own, jogging the first half so my friend wouldn’t lose sight of me when she needed to walk, and then finishing a little faster about 1.5 miles in once I did actually lose her. I finished at 34 minutes and some change, which I think I could probably have cut down to about 30 if it weren’t for the jogging or the color stations (where the crowds tend to slow down a little). My brothers, who are both avid runners, told me that 34 was a great time for a first time 5k themed run. Nice to hear!

I am so happy with how I did. Feels good to meet a goal!

I am already thinking about which race I am going to sign up for next! I need something else to train for!

Quiet Morning Run

I was SUPER productive this morning and went on a run at 6am. Who am I?? It felt WONDERFUL.

I have the Color Me Rad 5k in Boston this month and I HAVE to step my game up. I have been running at the gym much more frequently than I was at the beginning of my workout program. I have also been running in a park nearby my house on the weekends. However, I am definitely not in 5k shape yet and I am determined to get there, or as close to it as I can!

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I set my alarm for 5:45am, unsure of whether or not I would actually get up. Much to my surprise, I sprung out of bed and was hitting the asphalt at 6 o’clock on the dot.

The air was cool after a lot of rain yesterday, and the streets were empty. It could not have been more perfect.

The route that I took is typically pretty busy, with heavy traffic on a regular basis, and people walking and biking on the sidewalks. I passed one other person and maybe four cars in total. The streets were mine. Excellent.

I only went 2.11 miles but that’s more than any other morning! I only walked for about 1-1.5 minutes which is progress, but I need to push myself to fight through the feeling of wanting to break for a moment.

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There is something totally relaxing about running in the morning. It gives you a time to think and enjoy the peace while preparing for the rest of the day. I definitely need to do it more often. I feel so accomplished and my day has hardly started.

I got home and was drenched in sweat. Just the way I like it.

The plan is to hopefully hit the gym at the end of my work day. It’s supposed to be a leg day, with a few exercises that I have only tried once or twice. Maybe I will even run again. We’ll see how I feel by then.