Tuesday, October 16, 2007

21 Day Challenge - Week 1

DAY 1
  • Went on my morning run - It was way better than previous days cos I reduced my tempo. The first run was 15 minutes, then a 5 minute walk, the second run 10 minutes, then a 5 minute walk and the last one was 6 minutes. Run finished in 41 minutes and I went alone. Hurray!! I was sweating buckets when I got back home.
  • MY MEALS: My breakfast was made up of an Omelette & Sausages, Snack was some Pistacchio nuts, Lunch was a Salad and Dinner was Some Peppersoup with some Avocado Slices as a before dinner snack.

DAY 2

  • Our run this morning was just right. First run was 15 minutes, then a 3 minute walk, then a 10 minute run and a 2 minute walk and a final 7 minutes run and we made it back to the finish line in 37 minutes. Lovely! (Smile)

DAY 3

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Second Week of October

MONDAY

We went for our early morning run but have agreed to start later than usual at the first light rather than not going at all. I seem not to be able to go past the initial 5 minute run and seem to be stopping to rest more frequently now. We decided to try a new route today and went back home after 20 minutes. (Thats cause we decided to run round the block near us and gave up afte the third round) LOL!!. Thats the advantage of going far away from home - you've got no choice but to keep on going knowing that home is far away but if you're running round the block, then there is a tendency to give up cos your doorstep is nearby. (smile)

TUESDAY

We decided to go to the park for our morning run. The first round was a welcome surprise and we finished the entire lap round the park in approx 6 minutes. A welcome change from those days when I used to go an entire lap in 8 - 11 minutes. The second lap was painful. I couldnt go more than halfway. My waist was crying but I tried a technique I read in one of the various running mags and kept on telling myself I could do it during the third lap. I'll try rubbing Ibuleve round my waist before our early morning run tomorrow to reduce the pain which I suspect could be due to poor posture at my desk at work.

I know I'm not supposed to run everyday but then, the exercises have not been so intensive - one excuse or the other. Besides, we have the Brighton race to look forward to and I pray this waist doesent act up. My last running day will be on Friday.

WEDNESDAY

Today's run was easier than yesterday. Put some Ibuleve on my back as a precautionary measure and it turned out OK - no pains at all that werent unbearable like yesterday's run. I've discovered that I start my runs at a pace thats too fast and thats why I've not lasted beyond 5 minutes earlier this week. At a slower pace, today's run was good and we spent about 40 minutes running round the park.

THURSDAY

  • Thought we would be able to do some exercise today but I overslept. So we ended up not running. Will try and do some home workouts before the end of today to make up for it. My meals are coming out OK. Sticking to them strictly.

FRIDAY - SUNDAY

  • My meals went OK. I didnt exercise on Friday and Saturday cos of the race. Then I ended up not going for the race either. My very first 'no show' race but it wasnt through any fault of mine - ok just that I trusted my 'driver' too much and when I finally realised he wasnt going to show up and take us to Brighton as promised, it was too late for us to start heading out to take the train. Its all good though. Next time, I'll only rely on ME to get to any of my races and not on another human being. I was very angry earlier on in the day but my anger has waned now. There'll be several more races in future and he wont even be a part of the plan to get there. Once bitten..... LOL!!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Weekend Run

I have been playing traunt at exercising over a week now. My excuses have always been in the range of "Its too dark outside" or "Its too wet or cold". The weather hadnt helped either with some mornings and evenings being extremely wet last week. That made me even more determined to go out today and run, no matter what time I could muster enough courage and step out.

Finally, at 7.30am, me & RP set out for the run. The weather was OK and so I didnt have to put on the fleece jacket I had carried with me and tied it round my waist instead. I ran to podcast 6 and after 5 minutes, had to stop and catch some breath. The run wasnt bad at all considering that we had slacked for over a week. It was a mixture of walking and running and we made it back home in 45 minutes.

I realise I have to work on my pace. I dont seem to have found a steady one. RP says she tries hard to keep up with me sometimes and I strive hard to keep up with her too. Today, I let her go ahead and was behind her and later on she told me that cos I had let her go ahead, she felt she had to keep up the pace. I didnt realise we were going faster than we could muster but told her to try and keep it steady. I'll try and mark out each mile in our run so I can find out if I run 10minutes per mile or more.

We run at Brighton on Sunday. I entered her in the race as punishment so she could suffer with me seeing that she hasnt been encouraging 'us' to brave the cold for about 10 days now even when we both knew there was an impending race. I share part of the blame too but hey, someone running with me will be great fun rather than going the distance alone with strangers who seem to take off at breathtaking speed at the start, hauling me along with them only for them to leave me behind at the 1km mark and I'll start walking from there like I did at Bluewater. (LB & Vickii inclusive) LOL!! A repeat occurence of another child asking "Why is she walking mummy" with dent my ego no end so with her beside me, we can at least try and maintain our normal training pace. She says there's a possiblility I'll leave her behind after some kilometres like I did at the Race for Life but lets see how it goes.

I did some situps and reverse curls after our run. Getting back into the hang of my home work outs in preparation for our 21 day challenge.

Not sure why blogger wont let my paragraphing come out OK so I put bullet points in between each paragrah. *SCREEEEEAAAAMMMMM!!!!* Thats why I changed my template. I was having problems making the paragraphs come out ok after posting but it seems to be in vain. LB & Abimars - you both use the same template as me. Whats the secret to successful paragraphing?!?!! (smile)

 
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