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Thursday, October 3, 2013

I am going... to run

I have been on the fence on it...
But, ever since I started accomplishing great goals on the treadmill, I have been considering doing a 5k.

Yesterday, I committed, and I am signing up for one.

It is the first time my town will be having one of these. It will be on Thanksgiving, and the course looks like this: 

 If you don't know, you probably do, but a 5k is a 3.2 mile course, and it's supposed to be a great introduction into marathon running.

I have a two blog friends who do marathons and/or 5ks, Amy, and Aunie. They are both my inspirations... Amy, is a working mother to amazing children, so she inspires me that I, as a mother, as someone who isn't a runner, can do this. Aunie, well... she's phenomenal. Her running times are extraordinary... Her positivity and dedication... well... that's how she inspires me. 

The entry fee is only  $20, as long as I get it in before the 7th of November.
You get a T-shirt, and well... I really don't need anything else.

Recently on the treadmill, I have been running... making amazing times... But, on a Level 1, 0 incline.

I know that I will have to do training outside, to get the feel of actually running on uneven terrain and all that... but, I wanted to simulate that on the treadmill.

I drove the course last night, trying to gauge inclines, and levels of difficulty... For the most part.. It's pretty flat, with very low and steady inclines... So, I guess no more than a 4 incline on the treadmill.

So, what I did, is the following:

I wanted to see if I could run @ 5mph (12 minute mile) for 30 minutes. I used the random hill interval setting on a level 2. This means that the treadmill went up and down sporadically... I did it. At the 30 minute mark there was a 5 minute cool down going from 4.5 mph to 2.0mph. 

In 35 minutes I accomplished 2.8 miles.

That is only 0.4 miles away from the 3.2 miles of this race. 

I took a break then, did some weight training, a lot of stretching... and then I went back to the treadmill.

I wanted to do a fast pace walk then.. because, let's be honest, it is very unlikely that I will be able to run a half hour, on uneven terrain... 

So, I did just that for 30 minutes, using the same treadmill setting... plus a 5 minute cool down. During that, I walked 2.2 miles.

So in one hour and 10 minutes I accomplished 5miles.

I think that's a fantastic starting point.

It shows me:
  1. I can do this.
  2. I can do a decent time for a first timer
  3. This is not impossible
  4. That I am pretty KICK ASS.

I plan on taking this to the streets (I have always wanted to say that), literally, and testing my time running around the neighborhood. I have a 2 mile course I already do, so the plan is to do that twice, and note my time.

I will do this on the weekends. It's the only time I really have to focus on that, and I have needed an excuse to move my butt more on the weekends.

3 times a week, I will do the Random Hill Interval challenge on the treadmill, finding my optimum running speed.. and adjusting the level of intensity randomly.

The race is 1 month and 25 days away. I think I have a real chance for this.

My goal:
To finish the race in under an hour.
This is a pretty big goal for someone who has NEVER done one before.
But, I am being really optimistic, and I think by setting such a high goal.. that it will motivate me more.

 And another amazing thing about it being on Thanksgiving.. is that in my mind.. it gives me a

(it's the little things people)

What do you think?
Any Advice?

Anyone want to come cheer me on?


  1. You can totally do it... so proud of you! Seriously, you are amazing :) Good job Kat!

  2. Great job and keep up the good work, Kat. I would like to run in a marathon someday. I am working hard towards hitting my goal weight. I should be there by December.