Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Getting some help

My employer has what they call a "Live Well" program.  As part of this program, they have two health people on staff (I don't know what their official titles are, but they know all about food, exercise and all of that stuff). These people do classes like Yoga and a Boot Camp thing, but they are never offered at a time that I can make it.  Now, they are offering personal coaching sessions. They have 4 sessions - the first one is about 45 minutes and the rest are 30 minutes.  They will help you set out your goals and the plan to achieve them.  I signed up for this yesterday, but haven't been contacted yet to schedule my first meeting.

What I am hoping to get out of this?  I'm hoping they can tell me what kind of strength training I can do to compliment my running.  Also, I need strength training for an overweight beginner.  I've found tons of stuff in the magazines that I get in the mail, but they are all geared towards women that are already in shape.  I need a starting point, and I think these people are the perfect people to help me out.  Also, I'm not doing so well in the eating department. I have a lot to learn about nutrition and how to work it into my life.  And they will be there to help me hold myself accountable for the food I'm putting in my mouth!

On another note, I went to the gym today to do my last day of the faster week 2 Couch to 5k.  My legs were not ready for that after my 5k over the weekend.  I had to skip one of the 90 second runs because my legs were burning so much, they just couldn't take it anymore!  Not sure what I'm going to do the rest of the week!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My First 5k!!

 
Before the Race
I completed my first 5k of the year yesterday. It was to benefit a group for crime victims.  Since I had to take 3 weeks off, I wasn't going to press myself too much.  This race was a starting point and setting a time to beat.  As long as I beat my walking time for the 5k I've walked the past 2 years, I was going to be happy.  I woke up to freezing temperatures, noisy wind and SNOW!! Yep, you read right, snow in the middle of April. My friend Lisa who ran with me said Mother Nature needs to get back on her happy drugs, and I must agree.

I picked a yucky course to do my first race...there were 3 or 4 good size hills we had to go up.  We walked a good part of the course, but ran at least 5 times, for different distances, and usually down hill ;-)  We survived and we made it! And we beat our time by almost 30 minutes! We finished in 47 minutes, which probably seems slow to most people, but I'll take it!

After the Race, We made it!!
My next race is called the Tutu trot and is scheduled for May 15th to raise money for 4 year old girl fighting cancer.  I have about a month to up my speed to beat my 47 minutes!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Update

So, I do not have any stress fractures and was given the go-ahead to slowly start getting back into running.  So this week I have done 2 days of week two of the Couch to 5k training.  Starting next week, I'm going to slow it back down and see how long I can run, since I have my first 5K coming up on Saturday. I'm not expecting to do my best, but it will be a good starting point for me to see how far I have come and how far I need to go yet.

Other than this, I don't have much more to update.  I'll post after my 5K next week. Wish me luck!