Monthly Archives: April 2014

Sunday run – I went after it!

I got back last night from a week in China and I had no idea what to expect from my body in the 5K today. I got about 7 hours of sleep last night and felt good this morning. I decided I was going to go after my fastest time in the Loving A Stray Fur Fun Run 5K in my home town.

I have been training all week in China and even put in my fastest 5K at 26:39 while in Beijing. I found my spot at the starting line in the middle of the pack and ran my race. When the pack started to thin in the first mile I found a person to pace with. We went back and forth trading off the pace. I sucked wind for most the first two miles, but pulled the last mile into the finish. I finished with my personal best 5K at 26:29. I was shocked that I was even 10 seconds faster than my time in Beijing.

I always like to reflect on where I have been compared to where I am now. My first 5K last year was 42 minutes and I was 70 lbs heavier. I could have never imagined being where I am today and turning in a 26 minute 5K. Hard work and an amazing group of family and friends supporting me has allowed me to reach this mark. Now to go focus on a 25 minute 5K.

Decide to dominate!

Update: I finished 7 out of 21 in my age group and 78 overall.

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Thursday run – 27:30

I have been focused on hitting a 27:30 5K for a long time. I thought I had it last weekend, but I ended up at 27:45. It has been a goal that has escaped me until this morning.

I pushed hard and went out fast this morning. I kept focused on splits below 9 minutes. I knew if I could do that then 27:30 was a chance. I ended up at 27:26 and it felt great.

I am at a point in my short running career where it has turned from weight loss to overall fitness and goals. Shaving seconds never used to mean that much, it was all about pounds…not anymore. I’m pleased I can compete against myself, but now I can actually start to compete with others.

My focus has gone from pounds to seconds, but in the end it is all about years. I have extended my life by years through a change in lifestyle… way more time to spend with all of you and especially more time with my family.

Decide to dominate!