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!
- 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?