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March 2012

Playlists

Playlists

When I first started out exercising, I quickly realized that music was going to make or break my workout. I made the mistake of putting my iPhone on shuffle when I walked, and I think I spent more time shuffling through songs than I enjoyed the walk. I finally stopped being lazy and created playlists. I also stopped being such a music snob and downloaded music I wouldn’t normally listen to. You really can’t work out hard and listen to music like Ryan Adams…unfortunately!

After sending song suggestions to a few people, I decided I should share them with everyone. I’ve created three playlists thus far, and really the songs aren’t in any particular order. I always stick my iPhone on shuffle to break up the monotony. My mixes are always work in progress, but I hope you’ll enjoy them! And if you need even more music, I highly recommend the Sun Run series from RockMyRun!

Get Moving – Part I (Spotify link)

Get Moving – Part II (Spotify link)

Get Moving – Part III (Spotify link)

**This is my first time linking to my Spotify playlists, let me know if you have any issues.

Photo via Pexels.

Races

10K completed + good news!

I’ve had an awesome week leading up to the 10K I completed this weekend. I’ve been on spring break all week, which was awesome in itself. Before spring break started, I had this idea of all the things I would accomplish with all the free time I would have. I would exercise and eat at home every day, read books, get caught up on my RSS feeds, blog, get caught up on one of my classes, get ahead in others, etc. Of course, a few of those things happened, but I didn’t feel like doing others. I had the chance to spend more time with my three-month-old niece, who is so cute and I could watch her all day. Can you blame me:

Moving on…! I’ve been stuck around 27-28 lbs lost for a while, and I finally broke 30 lbs earlier this week. 30 pounds wasn’t really a goal I set, but it’s always nice when you hit that next big number. In all honesty, I wasn’t getting too frustrated with my weight being stuck. I know my diet can always be better, but my clothes were still getting loose. As long as the latter was happening, I wasn’t too concerned about the scale. I began a new strength training routine about a week and a half ago, so I assume that’s what got the weight moving.

As the week progressed, I finished two workouts with the new strength training routine along with the HIIT workout I’ve been doing. I decided to not do anything too crazy on Thursday and Friday and simply did some walking to get ready for Saturday. I set my alarm for 5am and woke up 45 minutes before my alarm on Saturday. I felt pretty rested; well as rested as you can feel at 4:15 in the morning! I stretched and took my time getting ready.

Before the race, the sun was coming up between the downtown buildings, right behind the start line. It was absolutely gorgeous, however, it lost its beauty as we had to run right into the sun. heh. I struggled to keep up with Christina and Jamie at times. I don’t know if I wasn’t as hydrated as I should’ve been or something else entirely. I’d catch up and then fall back, and then have to jog back up to them, and repeat. It was becoming a bit frustrating at times because it felt like I was having to jog 1/2 the race just to stay ahead. I know it wasn’t that much, but it was definitely more than I’ve ever jogged at one time. I’ll talk to my trainer and see if there’s anything I can do differently.

All in all, it was a good race. I averaged a 15:44 mile, and beat my time at the 5K, and hopefully will beat this time at the 10-miler. I didn’t feel as sore and exhausted after the 10K as I did at the 5K. Maybe because I knew what to expect this time around. I did have two naps and some soreness yesterday and some soreness today, but nothing I can’t get over. Happy Monday!

Races

My first 5K

I decided not long after posting about the Papa John’s 10-miler that I would go ahead and do the Anthem 5K and Rodes City Run 10K that lead up to that race. It would be extra training for the 10-miler if nothing else.

The race was set to begin at 8am on Saturday, so I left home around 5:30am. Leaving the house, I was pretty sure I would never do this again after this month. Getting up at 5am on a Saturday seems so unnatural. I quickly got over it once we got there. The atmosphere was nice, lots of runners warming up in the street. Jamie and I walked around a little bit to keep warm while we waited for Christina.

Being that this was my first race, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After crossing the start line, Christina started weaving in between people to get ahead and actually have room to move. It was fun having to jog in between people to keep up with her. We didn’t do any running through the race but jogged toward the end and across the finish line. I didn’t get to catch up with other friends running in the race (Chris, Corey, and Karen) but it was nice sharing the road with them.

Even though a 5K isn’t a big deal to most, it was a big deal to me crossing that finish line. I felt so accomplished, especially having burned about 700 calories during the race. I’ve never been an athletic person, and it feels nice having these races to look forward to. It’s one more step in the right direction.

After the race, I headed to Whole Foods and picked up a few things. I don’t try to reward myself with food anymore, but I did pick up a fruit tart to indulge in later in the day. I think I deserved it, and it was mostly fruit. 🙂

I am so appreciative to Jamie and Christina, and friends who sent messages before and after the race. I really don’t think I would’ve made it this far on my own without their support.