Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

You Just Have to Go

Well, I signed up for yet another 5k. I keep telling myself that I would like to get away from 5ks a bit and start running a little bit longer races, like 10ks, so I can build up running farther at a slightly slower pace, since 5ks are usually about being speedy.

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – I am not a particularly fast runner and I am not a long distance runner. Running is very hard for me because I have a lot of problems with my calves. (I have been diagnosed with compartment syndrome which is a fancy way of saying that running makes my calves extremely tight and short of surgery there isn’t too much I can do about it.)

I do enjoy the challenge of running and how accomplished I feel after running a race, even if it’s only a 5k. I run because it makes me happy and keeps me healthy.

I know that I will never be extremely fast or a marathon runner, and that it 100% fine with me. I do what I can and I am proud of what I do.

But your blog is called Run Eat Play. Yes, this is true. But to me, the Run part of Run Eat Play represents exercising and fitness in general – whether that be running, strength training, Zumba, walking, yoga, etc. Just as the Play part represents having kids, spending time with my family, enjoying life, learning new things, etc.

I have finally come to terms with the runner I am and try not to compare myself to others. So while I might not be the best running inspiration, please know that I can be an inspiration for being determined to do the activities that my body will let me :)

I also enjoy running 5ks because it’s an activity that my family enjoys together.

Back to the 5k….

The 5k that I signed up for is the 5k that I ran on a whim last May, the day before I turned 30. It ended up being my worst run to date, and I feel the need to redeem myself for that bad race which is why I signed up for it again this year. I plan to do a lot better.

It also falls on my birthday weekend, and what better way to kick off a birthday weekend than with a run?! Danny is running it too this year.

Last Night’s Workout

  • .5 miles treadmill
  • Yoga-Lates – 60 minutes

I arrived at the gym a little before yoga started last night, so I just walked on the treadmill for a bit. I am glad that I went to yoga last night, and I plan on going to a new 30 minutes yoga stretch class tonight. I need all the stretching I can get!

Today’s Workout

  • 3.6 miles, HIIT treadmill workout
  • Plank – 2 minutes and 30 seconds
  • Stretching – Approx. 15 minutes

My HIIT treadmill workout this morning looked like this:

  • Mile 0 – 1.1 (2:1) Walked two minutes, ran fast (for me) one minute
  • Mile 1.1 – 2.2 (2:2) Walked two minutes, ran even faster two minutes
  • Mile 2.2 – 3.3 (2:1) Walked two minutes, ran even faster one minute
  • Mile 3.3-3.6 Walked

It was a great workout, and I finished up with a plank and a little bit of stretching.

This afternoon, I’m going to pick up my race packet for Saturday’s April Fools 5k. It’s an inaugural race, but it looks like there will be a good amount of runners!

If you’re interested, I have added a Races Page at the top of my blog!

  • Do you have anything planned for today?
  • Do you struggle with anything, but still enjoy it?
  • What’s your favorite distance to run?

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