Category Archives: 5k

Lesson Learned

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This morning I totally forgot to step on the scale before I left the house today. I’m out of town so my weigh in will have to be postponed until next Monday. Honestly, I don’t think it would have went very well. But thank you God that I have another week to fix the mistakes that were made last week. I won’t disappoint myself.

Speaking of disappointments… the New Roads Fall Festival was a big one! So I got there a little tardy, as usual! But it was ok because it started about 30 minutes or so late. I was already feeling out of place because there were only about 40 or so people, which included two high school track teams. I’m thinking, ok I’m going to be last! And then a few minutes later the LSU sprint team shows up. My thoughts were ok is it too late to leave yet?

So I became a victim of my negative thoughts and had a very poor race. I do have to say I wasn’t last. Well at least not dead last! So I’ll take this as a lesson learned on how not to have a successful race. Next time preparation will be key and I will NEVER attempt any kind of race or athletic event without working out for the two weeks earlier. (I hope I don’t have to eat my words!)

My next race is the Amazing Raise Presents Battling Bratten on November 19th. It is an Amazing Race style race that is about 2 miles with at least ten challenges to complete during the course. I am excited about this one because I’ve never done this style of race before. You have to register by team if anyone’s interested in competing. Of course my teammate is Dora and I have to get my cardio up so i won’t embarrass her at the race!

I’m not going to beat myself up about the race, it is the past. I realize the mistake I made and I will try my best not to do it again. I can focus on what I can do now to prevent the past from repeating itself.  I do not have a workout plan written out for this week so I’m about to get to that now. Remember if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. So have you made your exercise plan for this week? hurry up, what are you waiting for? I’m doing mine RIGHT NOW! I gotta get ready for next Monday’s weigh in! Think happy thoughts!

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Running on empty

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Saturday is my next race and I’m hoping that it goes a lot smoother than the Zombie Bash did! I am confident that there won’t be as many complications with this race because it is a Saturday morning race and we’ve done a few of those before. I think the problem with the Zombie Bash was it was our first evening race and we weren’t quite sure of the proper protocol.

So even though my last work out was last Saturday’s hike (yes I know that’s sad), I still hope I can do a fairly decent race. I would be happy shaving 3-5 minutes off my race. But I think I need to get motivated to get at least one practice 5k in before Saturday. I hate when life gets in the way of my goals. I would love to take a break from everything in my life and just focus on my fitness and weight loss goals.

When I’m in need of a little motivation I go on over to Black Girls Run, it’s a very informative blog that I read often. There I can read stories of other runners, tips on running better, and even playlists to listen to while I run. This blog is nominated in Shape magazine’s 2011 Best Fitness blogger. Check out the site and vote for them for the 2011 Shape Fitness Blogger Award.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to be nominated for a blogger award! A girl can dream! I have to run now, a long day of training. And hopefully I’ll get my butt up and run later today!

What are your favorite weight loss or fitness blogs? Do they help motivate you or just give useful information? Would you have voted for me? Vote for Black girls run! Voting ends Friday.

Dora the Explorer

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So yesterday you guys met my workout buddy that I nicknamed Dora the Explorer. I think it may be time for a formal introduction to my work out buddy. I’ve mentioned her many times before because more than half of the time I’m working out she’s right there beside me. Her name is Tatiyana. Sometimes I’ll call her Tati or to her dismay, Tater. She doesn’t like that one at all but she doesn’t bother to fuss at me for calling her it anymore! Who wouldn’t want to be nicknamed after deep-fried goodness of tater tots? Silly girl!

Some people may be able to self motivate and keep themselves on track, but I’ve realized that I can’t do it by myself… I need help. If you’re anything like me your choice of workout buddy is extremely important to you achieving your goals.

It is okay to choose a partner that is a little more or less advanced than you. I don’t think physical abilities are important as will and determination. Through our various activities she’s been able to encourage, push, and even scowl at me when necessary. And I feel that’s exactly what a good workout buddy will do for you. She has her own journey and I’m very proud of the progress she’s made and I also have to credit her for some of my loss as well.

Sometimes our schedules don’t allow us to exercise together but we do talk about what we’ve done separately. I want her to succeed just as much as she wants me to and I think that’s why Dora and I make a good team.

We’re going to do an Amazing race style race in November and that’ll test how good we work as a team! I’m really excited about that race. It’s called the Amazing Raise Presents Battling Batten’s, sign up and get ready to eat our dust! I love talking smack! That race is November 19 in Baton Rouge for anyone interested.

Also on our race schedule is New Roads Fall Festival 5k next weekend and the Reindeer Run in December. This year we completed our first 5k and clearly this has been the year of 5ks. But next March is a Mardi Gras Mambo 10k and I’m hoping next year will be the year of the 10k.

Anyways I couldn’t do any of this without Dora by my side, so you all should find your own Dora. And hopefully you can find one that’ll help you find your way out of the woods because mine can’t!  Or do you already have a work out buddy? What ways do they help you and what types of activities do y’all do together?

I have an announcement scheduled for Friday! I realized a key component of my blog was missing so hopefully I’ll be able to get it done and show it to you on Friday! Every new day is another opportunity for greatness. Let’s all go out and be great today.

Plans don’t always go as planned

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Lesson learned- broccoli cheddar soup is not a smart or proper pre 5k meal. And when I say I learned that lesson, boy did I ever learn that lesson. But for the sake of my non-vulgar little blog I’ll spare you all the not so pretty details.

Other than the soup, getting to the race was pretty much a disaster. Things were left at the house, many stops were made, and of course we were late. We arrived at the race site just as the crowd started moving. I looked around confused and said, “OH it’s starting?” I want to go to a race where I actually have proper notification when it begins. I want to hear someone over a loudspeaker yell, “GO!” So that’s my main focus for my next race (which will most likely be the end of October). I want to be ready and hear the start so I don’t have a clumsy and awkward beginning.

But with such a dismal start I tried to focus and get all that out of my head as I began my first interval of the race. I was still strapping my armband on as I tried to set a decent starting pace. As I finally got myself situated it started going really well. I kept up my pace pretty well until I crossed the two-mile marker. From there it got a little tough for me.

I didn’t get a chance to get my timer started at the beginning so I was convinced that I wasn’t doing too well. But I crossed the finish line with six minutes shaved off my last race time. I was really surprised that I did so well, but I have to admit that I was not happy about my performance. So there’s plenty of room for improvement. Next time I can aim for five minutes off my time again! And then maybe I’ll be brave enough to share my time with you all! I’m becoming a slow-paced jogger runner! Yay!!!

After the 5k there was a Thriller “flash mob”. It was pretty cute, here are some pics. I’m sorry that it isn’t the best quality pics but I left my camera and my backpack to carry the camera so cell phone pics are the best I could do.

Saturday I planned on doing Zumba and Bodypump. Well that didn’t go as planned either… Zumba was canceled and replaced with step class. And my ankle and I were in no shape or form to do a bunch of hopping around so I went to another gym for Zumba class. That gym had Zumba and Bodypump at the same times so we chose to do Zumba. And to torch a few extra calories I hopped on the treadmill after the class. I attempted to do a day of the couch to 5k but my body was not tolerating running, jogging or any of the sorts. So I walked for thirty minutes and was quite satisfied with that.

So the moral of my weekend was sometimes things don’t go your way but don’t give up. There’s always another way to get what you want you just have to use your noggin! I have a hard time with that because I’m such a planner. (Some people may say control freak, but I can give up control if I’m warned ahead of time.) Just because I couldn’t take my Bodypump class I was upset, but I thought to try another gym and get a workout in instead of sulking about it. And the race… I didn’t let all the difficulties beforehand stop me from doing what I went to do! I keep thinking wonder how well I would have done if I had given 100%? Well there’s always next time, and I can’t wait! It only gets better from here.

How was your weekend? Did anyone have small disasters? Time to make a plan for this week! Let’s hope it goes as scheduled! Have a good week!!!

Thriller!

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This weekend is pretty big for me because it’s a pretty ambitious one. It’s my first night-time 5k. I’m excited to participate in the BR Zombie Bash. I’m not creative enough to come up with a zombie costume that’ll be comfortable enough for my race but I’ll just be in the official t-shirt. And it’s not nearly as cute as I thought it would be. I’m extremely disappointed. And this is my last weekend of my Spectrum trial so I’m going to body pump and Zumba Saturday morning. So don’t be surprised if Monday all I say is how I can’t walk very well.

This is my first race since I’ve started the couch to 5k. And I’m on the end of the fourth week, so that’s about half way through. I can’t wait to see how this app affects my time. I’ve bought new pants, bra, insoles, and shoes so there’s absolutely no excuse to not do well today. (You can read about my bra struggle, I hope this one goes well. I’ll make sure to give an update.) I am more than ready and I do expect to have a great race. Today I’m hoping to shave 3-5 minutes off my last time.

Did I mention it’s sponsored by the thirteenth gate (hunted house) and TJ Ribs? Man I’m looking forward to a few BBQ samples when I cross the finish line! I hope I save enough calories to enjoy myself! And maybe the second coolest part is after the race there will be a breakout of the Thriller dance.

Well I’m crisscrossing my good ole state of Louisiana today and I hope that doesn’t affect my race. I’ll be going from Monroe to Lafayette to Baton Rouge. And then a few hours later the race will start. Ideally I will find a nap or some down time in the day at some point, so I have to find a couch to crash on for an hour or so in the downtown area. I so miss living in the middle of the city!!!!

So I you’re in the area drop by the thirteenth gate and cheer the runners on. Even the slow barely joggers like myself! And then watch the zombies do the Thriller at 7 I believe. I think I’m going to have some fun tonight, even if I’m totally worn out afterwards.

Confession… my calorie counting didn’t go well yesterday. I have some major changes to make. My body is my master piece and a constant work in progress.

What big plans do you have for the weekend? Anyone offering a couch for me or how about an affordable mid-city real estate for me to purchase? Yes I know that’s totally off subject but that’s me, a collection of rambles! Happy Friday and make this one a good one.

Don’t be afraid of the 5k!

I remember being terrified when I signed up for my first 5k. It was the Komen for the Cure breast cancer race. I signed up with a group of people and it was actually quite fun. I was excited that my friend and I convinced the team we were with to do the 5k. They were only going to do the mile and some of them weren’t going to do that. So I’m happy that I had a chance to influence someone to do something they thought they didn’t have the ability to do.

From there I did the Get your Rear in Gear colon cancer race. During this race I managed to shave fifteen minutes off my previous time, which sounds like an amazing task but I think it’s such a large number because my first 5k was so slow. If I shaved fifteen minutes off my second time then I’d be impressed with myself!

My next 5k is not scheduled yet but my couch to 5k app is a nine week training program designed to get you ready to RUN a 5k in nine weeks. And my nine weeks is over around Halloween. So I have two 5ks to choose from and I’m excited and terrified at the thought that I’m running in one of them.

I’m going to sign up for the BR Zombie Bash/ TJ Ribs 5k that is on October 7th. This one sounds fun because people are encouraged to dress in costumes and after the race they will gather and do the Thriller dance. And I have to admit that I’m hoping TJ Ribs would be catering! Yum!

The other 5k on my schedule is Fitness for Families 5k in Gonzales. It’s not quite as exciting as the Zombie Bash but this one is October 29 which is week 8 of my couch to 5k training which means I should be able to jog the whole thing! That sounds very exciting in theory but I’m still quite skeptical about me being able to do three miles without walking at all.

I usually find all my 5ks on active.com. Don’t be afraid of the 5k, go to the site and look up one in your area. It’s only a little over 3 miles! You don’t have to run at all your first time. You can walk the whole thing; there are plenty of people who do so. I’m the slowest jogger and walker you’ve probably ever met, so I stay in the back of the race with the fast paced walkers. But I know I don’t give up. I try and shave a few minutes off each race I do with a goal of completing a race in 30-35 minutes.

What’s your running/jogging goals? How did you feel when you did your first 5k? Or if you haven’t done one yet sign up to do one of these with me! I left out the World Run day 5k on November 6th. I think that’s going to be my 30 minute one… Yeah I said it now I just have to make it happen! That’s the power of Positive thinking. Happy Tuesday everyone!