Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Update and one more summer race

Well, just signed up for another 5k in late July in Pekin, IN. This race really combines two loves: running and missions. How cool is that. 100% of the profits is going to the above children's home in Zimbabwe.
Vegetarian eating is going good. I am liking it, but think I will need to get back to eating healthier proteins (meat: chicken, turkey) in September. Legumes and Lentils don't do a whole lot for me.
Kettlebells are good. I call mine Mr. Blue Bell (and because I like ice cream, and the kettlebell is blue).
Weight is staying below 165, but not working really hard at watching what I eat right now with traveling - it makes it harder. And going out. This is a lifestyle and I have to be able to live. I can't eat egg white omelettes every meal!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hubers 10k - UPDATED

I love a 10k! Hubers was a great place for it. This race was well-organized, great volunteers, cheerleaders around every bend it seemed like. Weather was overcast and foggy - so it was cool and didn't get warm till my last .3 miles.
I hadn't been training really because I had been housesitting, but I did pretty good. For 3.5 miles of I was talking to people instead of running, but that turned out well. I talked to Carol and Leah most of the way. Got to talk to them about life and church. I started off with Kari (whose husband took this picture) and stayed with her for the first 1.4 miles. Then she kept running (go Kari) and I took a walk break.
I did pretty well the last 2.5 miles. My first mile split was 11.04. I thought that was pretty good. Just wish I could keep that up.
My final time was 80.30 - and I was pleased with that because it beat my desired time of 82. We got these really cool tshirts made of the wicking material to keep us cool.
I will definitely be doing this race again next year. Now, I'm really going to start training for another 5k in OH in August - I want to run as much as possible!
UPDATE: I just saw the results from the race on the Pacers and Racers website. I did finish last in my age bracket but I also finished faster than I thought. The time they had 79.10 - I'll take it! That means it was a 13.15 10k/mile split. The second mile was definitely the worst!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Berea 8k Trail Run

Berea was good to me. Sloan and I went to Berea (about 1.40 East of the ville), home of Berea College and Papaleno's (Italian goodness) for the first ever Get Healthy Berea 8k Trail Run. There were only about 50 people there for both the run and the walk.
The trail was the actual BC CC trail. We went around fields, through the woods, through creeks, on gravel, over stumps, etc. The gravel was the hardest thing to run on, and running with wet shoes isn't fun.
But, it gave my legs a workout! And, I wasn't last. A 55 year old lady finished about 10 minutes after me. Hey - I finished. 67 minutes for a 8k - that is about a 13.50 minute trail run. I'll take it.
Next week - I'll be thankful to be back on pavement!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer is HERE!

So excited for June 1. Here is my lineup for a toning up summer. Many exciting things:
1. I am finally below 165! And I'm wearing a dress I haven't worn for almost 3 years! How exciting is that - to get one ready for the summer!
2. I have 4.6 lbs to go till my WW goal, and then another 10% for my personal goal. Hopeully I can get those off this summer.
3. Kettlebells. Wow, these are going to kill me. My friend Cynthia came over last night and showed me a 3 day/wk workout plan for them. I have a 15lb blue padded kettlebell that I got from Target. The horns are half padded as well. That will be a good cardio/weight exercise for 3 days a week.
4. Running/Walking. The next two weeks will be a chance in this for me. Everyday for the next 2 weeks I'll be doing 3.5 miles walking with an Alaskan Husky. Housesitting. Hopefully it doesn't rain. I won't be getting in much running, but walking is good for me as well.
5. Races. I've got the Berea 8k trail run this Saturday. Next Saturday is the Hubers 10k. July 4 is the Crescent Hill 5k. August 16 is the Kings Island 5k. So, those will keep me running - even if just at night around campus. Hopefully more powerful legs will help.
6. Yoga. I'm doing yoga for weight loss (a dvd) and also namaste yoga when I am home and can find it on FitTV. Both are excellent. I'm loving it. Haven't really done yoga before except for 2 classes.
7. Vegetarian. I'm going mostly vegetarian this summer. I'm allowing one meal for meat and one meal for seafood each week - then the is vegetables, dairy, whole grains, etc.
8. Results. I do want to lose more weight this summer. I'm also hoping to raise my good cholesterol and lower my body fat and increase my flexibility. Sometime in September I'll revisit these things and see what the results are. Hopefully good ones!