I Signed Up for a Race!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. My weekend was full of lots of highs and absolutely no lows.

I caught up on sleep, noticed Cecil is putting on weight (which is a good thing) and put together a training plan of sorts for myself, which you can check out in my latest vlog!

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I needed to put together a skeleton training plan because I signed up for a 5K!!!! It’s not until the end of March,Β  so I’ve given myself plenty of time to increase my endurance safely.

Honestly I’m going to need all that time because running even one mile takes it all out of me these days. It’s amazing how much endurance I lost over the last year… like all of it! haha

Saturday I did my second one mile run and finished within seconds of the time it took me to do one mile on Wednesday. I guess this is my normal for right now; it’s good to have a baseline set from which I can track improvement.

I stuck to 3:1 intervals for this run, but at Ali’s suggestion I might back down to 2:1 intervals for my next run. She is also coming back from bilateral fasciotomies and said going to 2:1 intervals really improved the way she felt during the run.

I can’t even tell you how nice it has been to know someone going through the same things. Being able to compare notes and share tips is sooooo comforting.

I honestly think one of the best things about running again is just being outside (check the vlog for an update). I’ve missed the flowers, and trees and fresh air and… everything.

Even the pollen which drives my allergies up a wall and makes me sneeze nonstop :).

My flower garden is mostly blooming. The Snapdragons have all seemed to have died, but the other flowers are thriving. If the Snapdragons don’t revive by next weekend I’ll have to dig them up and exchange them for something else.

Adam put together this cute outdoor cabinet for me to store all of my gardening stuff. I absolutely love it and think it’s the perfect size (40 inches wide)Β  for what I want to use it for :).

Overall really happy with how this weekend went and looking forward to the week ahead. I feel refreshed and ready to go!

Hope you have a great Monday! Talk again soon!

Best part of your weekend?
Anyone else signed up for a 5K next month?

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8 Comments

  1. February 12, 2018 / 5:04 am

    Yay thats so exciting I am thinking about doing a 5k in March too (March 24th) and I started working on a plan for myself last night. I bet its sooo nice to be outside running again after so much time off!

  2. February 12, 2018 / 8:00 am

    Love your training plan. It looks very reasonable and sounds like it will prepare you nicely for your March 5k. I’m also racing on March 25th. I’m signed up for a half marathon, but I have been thinking about dropping down to the 5k. I just have not been running much since my marathon. I think there is still time to turn this around though…if I can get the weather to cooperate!

  3. February 12, 2018 / 10:00 am

    Whoo hoo for a race!!

    The process of rebuilding endurance is not fun. I still remember coming back to running after my 6 week break last year, and feeling winded after just a half mile. Winter has been rough on me so I’m only running once a week, and I think I’m in for another big dose of “oof” when I resume more consistent running in the spring. I’m glad you’re enjoying it though. You’re right that the opportunity to be outside is so nice. It’s why I’ve been stubborn and refused to run on the treadmill this winter – that’s not why I run!

  4. February 12, 2018 / 10:07 am

    I’m so happy for you!! 5Ks are a great distance!

  5. Jennifer
    February 12, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    Yayyyy! So nice to read this post πŸ™‚ I’m training for a 5K too…after many months of not running πŸ™‚

  6. February 12, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    I’m so glad your runs went well! I think you have very realistic goals for the 5k too and I’m glad your training plan doesn’t overdo anything. Love the outdoor cabinet. Being outside is one of my fav things about running. Cecil! I noticed him trying to get in your bed before you even said anything. πŸ™‚

  7. February 12, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    I agree that being outside has been a major perk of being back to running. I actually kind of hate the outdoors but I missed them so much!!! Getting 30 minutes or whatever in the sun, just being out in nature, is SO nice. It makes me feel alive!!

    Please let me know how the 2:1 intervals feel! I had normal fatigue during the run, but it was so normal it was almost nice to feel, and after stretching post-run I didn’t have any aches or pains that night or the next day! I’ll be sticking with 2:1 until they start to feel easy and then I’ll boost up to 3:1 again.

  8. February 19, 2018 / 2:54 am

    Happy for you dear. 5K is long distance and I am sure you will complete it as per your plan. Be motivate always and keep focusing on your running you will definitely achieve your plan goal. Best Wishes! Even I have planned 5k till march after a long time and am really happy for my running.