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WordPress 5K

I don’t know if you all have heard about this Worldwide WordPress 5k but I thought I would give it a go. The dates were Monday, September 19th thru Sunday, September 25th. From what I understand the only rule is to run, walk or a combination of both 3.1 miles. It could be done inside, outside, wherever you want. You could do it in the AM, PM or the middle of the day. Just as long as you did it!

I knew I would have 4 miles on September 24th because I had a race that day. But it would almost be cheating to count that race as my WordPress race too, right? So, I must put in an additional 3.1 miles on another day.

I thought I would make it a fun little 7 day challenge and run 3.1 miles each day that week. Of course when I say run, it’s about 50/50 running and walking. But still, if I were to follow through with this, what a feat it will be!

“Feat” – What made me use this word? I don’t think I have ever used this word before. It felt right and so I did. It works though. Ok, moving on. lol

There is something I have been wanting to do for quite some time now. Here in KC we have a downtown airport. I drive by this airport just about every day going back and forth to work. There are usually people walking, running and/or biking along the side road that goes in front of the airport. I will sometimes even see people go up and around even behind the airport. I’ve often wondered where they are going. I recently found out that you can run around the back side and back around to the front. Round trip is 2.73 miles and it’s been on my bucket list for quite some time now.  =)

All of this sounds great, right?

Well last week didn’t happen quite as I had hoped. I found out Monday that a friend of the family was very ill and wouldn’t live more than a week or two. I then learned Wednesday that he had died. Needless to say it was a rough week.

However, I did manage to get my 3.1 miles in 3 days that week.

Monday

I am very fortunate to have a gym at my work place. I go through periods where I will walk over my lunch. Sometimes inside and sometimes outside. Walking outside is my favorite but if I walk inside I can read my book while doing so. Decisions. Decisions.

Anyways, I was trying to finish my book prior to Wednesday and thought I would walk inside over my lunch. I managed to get 2.2 miles in. Yes!

Later that night I went to the gym with the intention of running my 3.1 miles for the WordPress 5K. However, I waited until around 9:30 to do so. As I was running, 3.1 miles seemed to get longer and longer. I gave up after a mile. But hey, 2.2 + 1 = 3.2!

It may have been cheating just a smidge but I got it in.

Tuesday

This day I actually got my 3.1 miles in and all at once. Woohoo! Now I’m not a fan of running on the treadmill. I don’t know what it is but I feel I run slower on a treadmill than I do outside. I’m not a fast runner to begin with. If you have seen my times and paces on previous races you know this. But treadmills slow me down even more.

Having said that I was very happy to finish 3.1 miles in 40 minutes 58 seconds. Very happy!

I had hoped that as the week went on I would be able to shave a minute or so off of this time. But…that didn’t happen.

Wednesday – Friday

Wednesday was when I learned of his death. Thursday was pretty rough, obviously so. Friday was the visitation.

Saturday

Saturday morning was the last race of my KC Sweet 16 series. This was a 4 mile race. I finished in 56 minutes 38 seconds. Not my best time but it was 3.1 miles PLUS! =)

Sunday

This was the day I was planning on running around the downtown airport. I had completely forgotten about the Broadway Bridge Run being in the morning. Part of the route for the half marathon goes around the airport. Therefore the whole area was closed Sunday morning. It then sprinkled on and off the remainder of the day.

I really should have gone to the gym to get one more round of 3.1 miles in. Instead I went to Jazz Louisiana Kitchen and had me some Chicken a la Mer and a Cajun Bloody Mary.

Yumm!

Even though I didn’t do as I set out for last week I find it to still be successful. I was able to get over 10 miles of exercise in. this is 6 more than I would have gotten had I not heard of the Worldwide WordPress 5K.

I’ll take it!

Bettina

KC Sweet 16

I try to run in at least one race each year. Some years I will do quite a bit. Two years ago I ran in roughly 8 races. Some years I only run in a couple such as last year. This year I decided I would only run in the KC Sweet 16 Series. The series consisted of 4 races that were 4 miles each thus 16. As you already know, I ran in the Plaza 10K a couple of weeks ago as a favor for a friend. I’ve also registered for the first ever Longview 5K coming up in November. So my 4 race year has turned in to a 6 race year. It happens! lol

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Plaza 10K

I ran in the Plaza 10K race this morning. Go me!

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This was the second time that I have run this race. The first time was 2 or 3 years ago. It was part of a series that my sister and I ran together. I wasn’t the happiest with the results and swore that one day I would run it again to redeem myself.

Today was that day!

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One of my friends runs races all the time. No joke. I think this does between 10 and 15 a year ranging from 3 K’s to half marathon’s. She’s awesome!

So she signed up for the same series, the Heartland 30 Series, but was not able to run in this particular race. We helped each other out and I ran the race for her. It gave me a chance to redeem myself and it allows her to get the series medal once she completes the last race in the series.

Hence her name on the bib. For about 2 hours I was Becky!

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So I went in to this having a few goals. The very first goal was to obviously finish with a better time than I did the first go round. But I couldn’t just do that. No. I needed to prove myself. I needed to prove that I could rock this race.

Now my rocking a race is not the same as another. I rock in my own way! lol

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Back to these goals. My “Bare Minimum” goal was to finish with a pace of 15 minutes per mile. I know that isn’t the fastest of times but I’m not a runner. I run a few races a year and that’s about it. So it was going to be hard, for me. I haven’t ran in over two months (since the last race) and I’ve been eating very poorly. I mean I had ice cream twice yesterday. Twice! But I knew I could do it. So 1 hour 33 minutes was the least I could do.

Honestly though I really wanted to do better than an hour and a half. I knew I had it in me and that I was capable. So that was my “Good Job” goal.

To run a pace of 14 minutes/mile was my “Kick Ass” goal. This was the prize to me. If I could do this I was going to be super proud of myself.

That’s right, I had multiple goals. I’m not a simple person. I have to complicate pretty much everything in my life. lol

Which goal did I meet? I am proud to say that I met my “Kick Ass” goal!!! Exactly too. How that happened I don’t know. But it did!

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What is that on my nail? I think it might be banana. How gross! lol

So there it is. I redeemed myself. I am so proud of myself for doing so too. =)

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Happy Sunday Funday everyone!!!

 

Getting Back On The Horse

Last month my fitness game was on point. I wanted to kick it up a notch and I did. I completed my 30 in 30 challenge, I was averaging going to the gym 5 days a week, I was working on my strength training. I was killing it!

Then July started.

And I fell off the wagon.

Big time.

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30 Day Full Body Challenge

Now that my June 30 in 30 Challenge is over, I need a new challenge for July.

The one I chose is what I consider to be a full body work out.

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I first came across this challenge back in February and decided to give it a go starting March 1st. I was quite successful  and made it to Day 9. I was loving it too. I thought I could tell a little something happening in my abs. I was having more pep to my step. All was good!

Then it went down hill.

That is putting it lightly. It’s more like I fell off a cliff. I just stopped all together.

What had happened was, on Day 10 I met up with friends for dinner. The following morning I was running a race (4 miles) and thought I’d just take a couple of days off. A couple days turned in to a week and a half.

By that time there was no way I could go straight to Day 10. Have you seen what all you do on Day 10?

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I mean I think I could have done everything but the plank and wall sit. I really had to build up to doing that 60 second plank and 90 second wall sit.

Oh get this!

I was telling my Mom and her friend about planks. Neither had heard of them before. So I demonstrated one for them. My Mom’s friend got down on the floor and gave it a shot.

I was shocked!

Not only did she do it. First shocker. But she totally blew me away. Her first time EVER doing a plank and she was able to hold if for 1 minute 55 seconds!

Can you believe that?!

Mind blown!

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Good for her though! She has one strong core!

Back to my first attempt at doing this challenge. Yes, my first. I have tried a few times since that first time.

I gave it a go April 1st. I have a thing for starting on the first. Not always but usually. I blame it on New Year’s Resolutions. But that may just be me.

I tried again one other time too. I think it was in May.

Both times I just couldn’t get past the first week. It wasn’t that I wasn’t able to. Obviously I was. I made it to Day 9 the first time around.

Plus the 2nd and 3rd time was after I had started losing weight and working out. So surely I could do it.

It was more me not setting the time aside to do it.

So, since I was able to complete my 30 in 30 Challenge last month (Trust me, those miles take time!), I thought July was my month to finally complete this challenge.

Nope!

I did Day 1. Go me! That day was after helping my brother move all day too. He and his boyfriend bought their fist house! Yay!

Then nothing on Day 2.

Completed Day 2 on Day 3, Day 3 on Day 4 and nothing since. So, today is now the 6th day of the month and I still have to do Day 4, Day 5 and Day 6 to get back on track.

Will I do it? Or will I think of another challenge?

Stay tuned!

Bettina