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Fitness Friday: Running Update

Its Friday ALREADY! This week just flew by, not sure where the days went, but when I woke up this morning and realized it was already Friday again, I was like what the heck!



I have recently started concentrating on building up my running skills. I’ve been running at the gym on the treadmill for a few years, but only as a last resort to get some added cardio into my schedule. About two months ago, I decided that I wanted to really amp up my running and see if I could actually finish a 5K race.

I downloaded a running app on my phone to track progress and back on August 31st wrote a post about my progress. A few days after that I was signed up to do a 5K at the Wilmington Waterfront in Delaware. It’s a perfect course for beginners as it is mainly flat and on the water so the sights are great which makes running more pleasurable (for me anyway).


I committed early that week to running the race (not walking) and geared up both mentally and physically. My goal was to finish the race in 40 minutes. Up to this point I hadn’t run a complete 3 miles on the road yet and was a little nervous, but knew I could walk when I needed a break.

I arrived 30 minutes early picked up my registration packet, pinned on my bib, and did a little stretching. Prepped my mappy thing so I could time each mile as I went so that I could look back afterwards to gauge my progress. The BF also came down to watch and support me, which meant the world to me. He encourages me in everything I do, and always says he knows I will do whatever I put my mind to. It was important to me that he be there at the finish line when I crossed. He was. And it made my night.

The gun went off and we headed through the gate and over the timer mat. I took off quickly passing people right out of the gate. I don’t know if it was the adrenaline or what, but I completed my first mile in 10:49. That was the fastest pace I had ever done. Dont’ really know how that happened but it was a cool feeling when the voice in my headphones said “split pace 10:49.” I was like yeah girl you go (in my head of course).

The second mile was not as good as the first, my breathing was crazy out of whack and I started walking/running/walking/running. I finally got my breathing in check and found a good pace after the second mile and found myself next to a younger girl and we were in synch the rest of the way to the finish line. Thinking back that helped me out tremendously getting through the third and last mile.

When I realized the end was coming up and I rounded the corner, I took off for the finish line. There were two older women in front of me the entire time, and I was like “no way I’m coming in behind these two” so I picked up my pace, passed them on the right, rounded the corner to the finish line and crossed with a time of 37:44. Whew!

I beat my 40 minute goal by 2 1/2 minutes. I was exhausted, proud, and really really sweaty.

That was Sept 4th.


Last night my co-worker and I competed in a second 5K on the same course. This time I ran the entire time only walking to grab water at the water station. My goal for this week was to run from beginning to end without walking and hopefully dropping my time a bit.


I was late getting there, quickly grabbed my bib and lined up just in time. They decided to start the race 10 minutes earlier because a severe thunderstorm was in our near future. We lined up, listened to the National Anthem, the gun went off and out we went. I felt good even though I hadn’t had a run in a few days.


First mile pace was 10:17. Slightly better than last weeks race even though the sky opened up and it downpoured on us for the entire first mile and a half. I was concentrating so hard last night to keep my breathing under control because I knew if I was going to run the way, I needed to keep that in check.


Second mile pace ended up being 12:21 not sure why except maybe that I was just over thinking everything at this point and just kept telling myself “don’t stop running”. I crossed the half way point and grabbed a water took a few walking steps and finished the cup of water and got right back to running. By this time i felt good, my feet were moving at an even pace, my breathing was no erratic (like last week) and I found a good pace that carried me all the way to the end.


I finished this weeks race (without walking) in 36:36 with an average pace of 11:48. My best time yet!


I am loving this process. I am thankful that my body can handle what my mind wants it to do. I can’t wait to get better, faster and more efficient in my running. I find it very impressive when they announce at the end of the race the top 70-75 age bracket winners. I want to be one of those women at age 75 still running races. I love that! So encouraging.









Fitness Friday: Running


I am not one of those people who love running.  I’m learning to “like” running, but I am not at the point where I can say I look to running as my me time.  Katie from Blonde Ambition Blog talked about how she looks at running as a challenge.  I totally connected with that statement.

I look at it as a challenge, too.  It is sort of is how I look at everything in my life.  I have always said that if you say I can’t do it ~ I will make it happen. Kinda bratty of me I know, but that mentality has gotten me some pretty sweet memory’s.

Anyway back to running.  So I started running a few years back on the treadmill at my local gym.  At first, I couldn’t even muster up enough breath to complete 10 minutes at 4.0 treadmill speed.  When I think about it, it kinda makes me laugh.  That’s like turtle speed.  🙂


By the end of my 3 month training session I was up to a 5.5 speed on the treadmill (that’s pretty good for my little legs) and I could hang tight for a full hour at that speed.

Then I figured I wanted to try to do a 5K.  Which brought me to running outside.  Let me tell you, for me, running outside is a beast.  Nothing like running on a treadmill.

I have had people tell me running outside is harder, running outside is easier, running outside is the same but different (??) I’ve heard it all.  But for me, running outside on the pavement, propelling my full body weight forward is HARD!!!!

It might be mental.  It might not be any different from running on the treadmill in the gym with a consistent temperature and a giant fan blowing on you, but I tend to disagree.  It is hard to run against the wind, up a slight hill and keep up a pace that you think is acceptable.

But I am trying.  I am trying because I see how enjoyable it CAN be.  I am trying because I love reading about everyone else’s goals of 5k’s, halfs and full’s.  It is something that motivates me.  Everyday.  It pushes me to be better.

I am trying because by the end of the year I WILL RUN (from beginning to end) a full 5K no matter the course difficulty.  It’s just what I want to do.  It’s my next challenge.

At this point, I am up to running consistently 2.25 miles at a dreadfully slow pace of a 12 minute mile.  My goal is to get to the full 3.1 miles at whatever pace gets me there.  I am learning not to compare myself to others because for me, just running outside on the pavement for 3 full miles without stopping will be an accomplishment in itself. I have started and stopped many of the running training schedules online only to stop half way through because it just gets to be to much to fast.  I am hoping this time will be different.

So this is my 30 day progress:


The first workout was on 7/31.  I think I walked most of the way and only ran a portion of the flats.  This route is from my sons work to my house.  I normally drop the truck off to him and walk/run home.  This has been my normal route and I have done it both to and from is work to home.  It is an easy route but has tons of traffic, so not so safe.

The second workout was done on Monday 8/26.  It’s a nicer route through a local housing development and includes two nice hills.  I pretty much ran (or jogged) the entire time except for a few times to get my breathing in check.  I for sure feel better on the second mile as I think by then I am warmed up and not feeling like a log.  I’m a little lighter on my feet and feel I move a little faster.  I just need to work on my breathing. Nonetheless, its progress.  Right?

I really, really, really want to do a mud run.

My goal is to do the Dirty Girl Mud Run that is slotted for Philly on June 21st!

Picture Source:run-like-a-girl

The Philadelphia Color Run Race Recap

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If you have never participated in a Color Run, I highly recommend you find one in your area and sign up immediately.  This race is by-far one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time.

The Color Run ~ Philly

While the logistics didn’t really pan out very well in terms of traffic and actually completing the full 5K due to said traffic (3 hours worth sitting on Rt 76 at a complete stand-still) we still had a blast. 

Clean Team Pic

We had planned on arriving at the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park at 6:15 am.  Philadelphia has a terrible reputation for traffic nightmares, and this was no different.  With three different racing events happening in the city all at one time, we were in grid-lock for over 2.5 hours stuck between the Girard & Montgomery Ave exits not moving an inch.  Our glimmer of hope in reaching the Girard exit was quickly diminished once the police car raced around us only to block off the exit, extending our grid-locked car for another hour!!!!!  It was brutal.  Our excitement for the #Happiest5K quickly diminished into stress/frustration. 

When we finally reached the parking lot, tons and tons of color runners were already heading back to their cars, doused in color and sweat!  Us ~ well we were still stark white in our clean T’s and brightly colored socks!  But we pressed on.

Pink Gate

We made it to the starting gate, but had heard that not only did they shorten the race route, but two of the five color stations were already closed down.  Bummer! Pink was our first gate!  The workers were still thrilled to douse us in pink powder even though they had been there for more than 4 hours now. We quickly made our way around to Blue, and then Orange.  Since we all were given packets, we decided not to save them for the end, but to use them on each other so that we would thoroughly look like a rainbow crossing the finish line. 

After Party

The after party was still going on, they were handing out more color packets, giving out Color Run Swag and we were able to meet up with the rest of my Color Run Team for a group shot. 

Team Lean Mean & Eat Clean

We were missing a few girls but I was really excited to be meeting some of them for the first time, since we have been only involved with each other online.  My group of girls is the BEST!  Everyone had high spirits, had a great time, and stuck around until the end so we could make our group shot happen!

Goals for next years Color Run:


First and foremost :  Buy Tu-Tu’s for everyone ~ we decided that you are never to old to wear a Tu-Tu at The Color Run!

Second:  Be at the running grounds before everyone else wakes up! Especially if you are running in Philly!  Next year my butt will be there at 4:30AM!  No questions asked!


Third:  Everyone will be running by next year! 


All in all, in spite of the traffic, we had a great time, have some great pics to prove it and I got to meet some of my fabulous ladies from my online fitness group! Plus there was not one inch of me that was not colored in rainbow powder!  How fun is that?

It was a great way to spend a Sunday morning!

5K Color Run 2013 ~ Philadelphia, Pa




I will be hitting the treadmill once again in hopes to successfully complete The Color Run being held here in Philadelphia, PA on July 14, 2013. I am so excited to be participating in the happiest 5k on the planet. Not only will it be a day full of fun events, but I will be getting to meet some great new people that I have connected with through my fitness page that I host on Facebook.

How do you sign up for The Color Run?

Click here and search for a run that is being hosted in your area under the locations tab. Once you find a location that is open and in your area, you can sign up either as a single runner/walker or join a team.

According to the website there are only 3 rules:


Rule #1 All participants are welcome… fast, slow, runner, walker, old, and young.
Rule #2 White shirt dress code at the official start line and ready to roll by 7:00am.
Rule #3 Completely colored Willy Wonka goodness at the finish.

How long is a 5K?

A 5K is 3.1 miles

How I am training for The Color Run?

I plan on following The Color Run 8 week training guide to get my running skills back up to par. It’s been a while since I’ve actually been on the treadmill or hitting the pavement.  I will also be including strength training by continuing to incorporate P90X every other day. My plan is to work out 6 days a week and switching up between cardio/running/strength training.


I have four months to go until race day. I am so excited to be participating in this 5K. Not only does it support a worthy charity, it will be the most colorful day of my year!

What races or fitness events are you looking forward to this year?

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