Weigh in Wednesday 12: How you doin’

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Why, thanks for asking, Joey. Unfortunately, I’m not doing so well.

Although we’ve had record breaking precipitation* this week, there is still something in the air that is nagging at me. My eyes are itchy and red, to the point where a student noticed…from about 10 feet away…while I had my glasses on.

*watch the video…oh no, puddles!

I look something like this.

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And I feel something like this.

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But I’m not one to complain*.  I’ve been trying to dive into my workouts (and last remaining runs before my 12K this weekend – eek!), with full gusto. But my body, well, it just isn’t getting along with my brain at the moment.

*total lie. But I always have a solution when I complain. I’m nice like that.

My training plan included a 5 mile run this morning. At mile 2 I knew that was not going to happen. While I always hate running on a treadmill, at least the built in television will help me along. But today the ONLY thing news stations deemed worthy of coverage was the fact that Obama finally produced a copy of his long form birth certificate.

Really? Seriously?

I decided to cut my run short, (for more reason than the obnoxious “breaking news” coverage), and just do a 5K. Sadly, I totally missed the cut off for the Jelly Bean 5K, but a 5K just didn’t fit into my training plan* last week.

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*by plan I mean: something I totally made up on my own based on my lame self not getting into the correct mindset earlier in the year.

I have one more run planned before race day, (Sunday), and I am determined not to let my allergies get me down! I’ve been tracking my mileage and I’ve noticed a few things:

  • I am getting faster. I’m running, on average, 12 minute miles. When I started I was running, on average, 12:30 miles. This is still slow, mind you, but faster for me.
  • My endurance is up quite a bit! My walking breaks used to be a lot longer (2-4 minutes) and would happen with much greater frequency (every 3-5 minutes). Now I am running, on average, about 8 minutes before I take a break, and I am walking 1-2 minutes.
  • I am enjoying myself more. When I did my long run on Saturday I actually got sad when I turned the corner on the street that is at the crest of my loop. I wanted my run to continue. Me! The girl who never thought* she could be a runner.
*Seriously. When we had to run the mile in elementary school we would hoof it down the street to Wa-Hi (the high school) and run our laps around their track. Once we passed the starting point we would have to hold up a finger (1-4), signifying how many laps we had completed. I would generally run 2, hold up a 3, and only finish my 3rd lap because everyone else had already finished!

Seeing these accomplishments in bulleted format renew my faith in myself that I can be a runner. I think after Bloomsday (12K) this weekend I will feel like I can actually call myself a runner. Right now I am considering myself a pseudo-runner. Or an almost-runner.

What exercise goals did you/do you plan to accomplish this week?