Saturday marked my first in real life 5k! Finally, we were able to get outside and run with thousands of other people in the Just a Short Run 5k. I ran this one with my husband and 12 year old son. It was cold outside but was due to warm up pretty quickly. I really debated on how to dress for this one because I was afraid of dressing too warm and overheating to potentially damper my timing.
I made a goal for myself to get it done in 36 minutes or less. I didn't want to go over 36 minutes because I know that I can do it in under 30 minutes on the treadmill. This 5k is sort of tricky as far as timing though because you have a timing chip on your shoe so it's accurate but there are so many people that you get a very slow start....like walking for a bit before you are able to start jogging. We ran most of it, I would say we walked less than .15 miles. I could have run the entire time but my husband asked if we could walk twice. He hasn't trained for the run and so literally, just got up and ran a 5k.
I used my watch to keep track of my time and was happy to see that I was pretty much on target to finish in less than 36 minutes. We finished in 32:06 minutes. We picked up speed at the end and we crossed the finish line together. My son had a goal of 25 minutes and did it in 26. He was a bit disappointed but realized that it is still a great time! I can't wait to see the race photos, I will post those when I get them.
I am doing well in all the fitness challenges I am involved in. I did not win the DietBet weight loss challenge that I was in. I needed to lose 4% of my body weight and I was close. I actually hit my goal 2 days after the bet closed! I was not happy about the timing but was happy to reach that goal!
I am starting a new challenge today and for the month of April, it's called Run Your Ass Off! It is a challenge to run at least 1 mile every single day of the month. If you miss a day, you have to run 3 miles, if you miss 2 consecutive days, you have to run 5 miles! I can't wait to get started later this evening for my first mile. I will probably do more than just one mile but it's a great way to spend this month!
After doing the 5K and realizing that he isn't in his best shape, my husband asked me if I wanted to start working out together. Of course I do! We can do weights together, treadmill, elliptical and the punching bag. I am hoping to really tone my arms and continue to trim my midsection. We are looking forward to spending that time together to get healthy.