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1 Week ‘Till 5K!

Happy Friday! By this time next week, I’ll be jittering nervously at my desk, anticipating the 5K ahead of me.

I can’t believe that 6 weeks of training have already gone by, and I can now run 2.5 miles straight! With all my heart irregularities, asthma, shin splits, etc., I never though I’d be able to say that, much less do it. So this is a big deal for me.

I tried out some ENERGYbits a couple weeks ago to see if they would help me with endurance while running, and the reps were so curious to see how my times improved if I continued using spirulina algae, that they sent me another sample.

I used them on Tuesday’s run, which was 22 minutes straight and a goal of 2 miles. I ate 20 tabs before I left work around 5 pm, and another 10 when I got home. I’ve been running at 6 o’clock on the dot, since that’s what time my race will be.

I was surprised at how well I did on Tuesday, and I almost made it through the whole run without a single cramp. They plague me for some reason, and I still can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Still, it was a relatively successful run, right up until MapMyRun crapped out and wouldn’t save my workout. So here are what I estimate my split times to be:

.25 mile warmup – 5 minutes

mile 1 – 10:50

mile 2 – 10:20

.25 mile cool down – 5 minutes

I’m finally getting into the 10’s, which is exactly where I need to achieve my goal time. However, adding another mile seemed nearly impossible Tuesday. Yesterday, on the other hand, was a different story.

Yesterday’s run was supposed to be 5 minutes warmup, 25 minutes (or 2.5 miles) running, followed by a 5-minute cool down. I ate 30 ENERGYbits 45 minutes before the run, and when it came time to go outside, I had plenty of mental clarity and an intense focus on the task at hand.

I did a lot better yesterday, but around mile 2, I got a cramp and walked for 30 seconds, which is reflected in my time. However, since I started using ENERGYbits, I noticed I can breathe through my cramps and they go away much quicker. The last .5 mile was brutal, but I think if a really slow zombie was chasing me, I could’ve done the whole 5K without walking.

Seeing these numbers is really inspiring, and I wonder if this makes me a runner. I never thought I’d be able to call myself that, but here I am, running 2.5 miles without stopping. Or can I call myself a runner after my first race? Regardless of the title, I am so proud of myself, and this marks a huge milestone in my life. For once, I feel confident in my body the instrument that it is.

 

I’m wondering…

 

For all you runners, what’s your definition of a runner? What’s your biggest milestone to date?

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17 comments

  1. I am new to running so my biggest milestone was running a 5k. I am training now to do a 10k next month. Again, I’m a newbie not at all a seasoned runner. Running for me is the thing I can’t wait to go out and do most days. I can’t wait for the physical and mental battle that I have to tackle to get through my runs, I get a really satisfying, accomplished feeling at the end of my run. Especially now that each week I am training to go farther, and faster, once I beat a PR I am on top of the world for the rest of the day!

    Keep up the practice on your running, you are doing great!

    As for the cramps, try drinking coconut water 30min-hour before you run. It helps me a lot!

    • I feel the same about not being able to wait to run, so I guess that makes me a runner too. I’ll definitely give the coconut water a shot, and I actually have some in my fridge now. Thanks for your words of encouragement! Good luck on your 10K!

  2. Awesome progress!! I’m with Adrienne, where my biggest milestone was hitting a 5k. I haven’t really ventured beyond that, but I felt pretty awesome.
    I have another one in a month, and do have a sample of those bits on the way! Really interested to try them out to see what all the hype is about! 😉

  3. Sounds like you are more than prepared to kick butt next week! I’m down to 1 day ’till 5K and I’m feeling a little anxious. We can do it!!!

  4. Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile

    Woo! You shouldn’t be nervous, you will be fine 😀 My definition of a runner is someone who loves to run and is determined to run! It doesn’t matter how far or fast you go. My longest run to date is a half marathon!

  5. Are you still taking the energybits? I swear by them now! I always have kick @$$ workouts when I take spirulina before a group class!

    • I’m taking them on my long runs, and I think they really help! I actually ordered some spirulina from Amazon just to compare since they’re only $20 a bottle there.

  6. You’re going to do great in the 5k! You’re definitely over the hump in training. My first 5k was just last December and I remember thinking that I was nuts and kind of hating it about halfway through, but it was because I was pushing myself so much harder than I had in y regular runs thanks to adrenaline and nerves (and the fact that I didn’t want the 70+ yr old man with the clicking joints to pass me!) – now I LOVE that feeling. You’ll be hooked when you cross the finish line – it’s not a lie! 🙂

    • Aw thank you! I just don’t want to finish last, and I want to be the photogenic girl with a smile on her face at the finish line. I’m doing my first “long run” today and I’m going to try to hit 3 miles nonstop. Wish me luck!

  7. Regarding your cramping, are you taking any supplemental calcium? Your muscles become depleted of many minerals when you run, particularly calcium. Once I started taking a liquid calcium/magnesium supplement, my cramping stopped completely. This was at the suggestion of my doc, btw.
    Happy running and good luck on your race!
    ~Suzie

    • I’ve never taken calcium, but I’m not opposed to trying it. I don’t eat a lot of dairy, so it would make sense if that was the culprit. Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll definitely look into it.

  8. They say “If you run, you’re a runner.” I’m sure you could guess that I tend to stick with this one. With all the stuff going on for me right now, I just care about getting out there.

    But there’s also this:
    http://runeatrepeat.com/2011/11/18/running-versus-jogging/

    • Thanks for sharing that article! I don’t think I’m going to start saying “I’m training to jog a 5K.” I like your guidelines better. I run, therefore I am a runner.

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