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Hesitated but did it anyway!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Yep, that's what I did this morning relative to going to a 5k in the town 3 miles away or not. It was hot and humid, DH had to work so I would be going solo, I didn't want to chance feeling poorly since I am having Ava this afternoon and evening. Excuses galore!! But, I got my sense about me and moved on. LOL

When I got up it was 60 degrees with 93% humidity. The 5k started at 8:30. So what might it be by then. So by the time he left for work about 6:45 a.m. I had decided I'd go and just walk it. So at 7:00 a.m. I headed down the road to register late and drive the course. I got registered and got the t-shirt (the most important part of course) It was nice out and I had time to kill so back home I came. Like I said, 3 miles down the road. LOL
So I came home and used the bathroom and decided I'd put the gear on just in case I changed my mind about doing the intervals. With the heat and humidity being what it has been, the 30 second intervals have been good to me. So I got back about 8 or so and watched the little kids run. What fun and of course I thought of Ava and doing this with her one day.

Anyway, it was a small affair which is nice. The local shoe store who hosts many a big runs was there to help out and it was a timed race for both runners and walkers. So done nicely as well.

8:30 comes, I have no idea what the temp is but it doesn't feel bad nor did the humidity so I thought what the heck, go for it. What's the worst that happens? I walk. I need the steps. It was nice to be out and not on the treadmill this a.m.

So of course I, like most, get caught up with taking off too fast. Seems to be the norm and of course my first mile is the fastest. Today I opted NO music and to focus on my breathing. Read a good article shared by LIVE2RUN4LIFE regarding timing of the breath so that is where my mind went and I tried to stay there. Definitely thought the 3/3 (three steps on the inhale and 3 on the exhale) was a good place for me. But first I had to see what I was doing without paying attention. Anyway the first mile was the best of course as then the hills kicked in. My heart rate exceeded the top end of 175 several times on the 2nd mile so I slowed down and walked more that mile than the other 2.

Overall not bad and I learned more yet about myself and this sport. My mile splits were: 11:04/12:45/12:18 with an average of 12:06 for the 5k and a total time of 36:40. My average HR was 168.

But of course I had an issue. Some days are worse than others but today had to of been the worst experience I've had thus far. Being 51 I seem to have issues of leakage. I don't even feel it but I did go prepared but today was by far the worst. I nearly just quit but decided that I doubted anyone could tell. I had on wicking shorts which seems to hide the moisture much better than others and I didn't hang around. Fortunately I had a towel in the car to sit on. Just very weird. But I survived it and life goes on.

A good start to a new day and now I have a few things to do before spending the afternoon and evening with Ava. We'll be in the pool later and I have the cutest little bathing suit for her. She is pure joy!! Will share a photo or two later.

Hope you have a great day!

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    Good for you! It is miserable to have leaking when you are feeling so great every other way. It just reminds me that I'm not 25 any more. There are things you can do but they are all uncomfortable (surgery, drugs, pads, etc.)

    I'm glad the run went well and you had enough energy to play in the pool. Good for you. The silver years are really golden for you.
    3850 days ago
    Awesome choice to do this 5K!!! ...great breathing strategy, Weeze!! ....and how wonderful to end this day with the joy of a child!!

    WTG!!! ~ Laura
    3850 days ago
    Great job!!!!
    3851 days ago
    ok friend your amazing, I hope to be half of what you do.

    3851 days ago
    Fantastic job and congrats for doing it. So pleased for you. Have a great day with AVA and do share pictures.
    3851 days ago
    First I agree with live 2 run 4 life don't worry about the leakage no one can tell where it is coming from especially when your sweating anyway.

    You are an inspiration and I admire you. You give me hope and the will to keep trying.

    Have a great day with Ava. PJ
    3851 days ago
    Proud of you girlfriend! Have fun with Ava!
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    Weezie: You are my hero! I'm proud of you! I"m on the second week of couch to 5K so I ran 90 seconds, walked 2 minutes yesterday. It was hard for the first set, the the next 5 sets got easier. I did 30/30 earlier this week which was MUCH easier for me. I cannot imagine me running 3.1 miles without stopping but that's the goal. I'm still not sure that's what I want to do because I honestly enjoy walking so much more. But I'm giving it a try. You are my inspiration!
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    3851 days ago
    Great performance ... have a wonderful visit with Ava.
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    emoticon You did a great job!
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    congratulations on doing it! emoticon
    3851 days ago
    Blame it on the sweat :o) Good job today!
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    Congrats, I am so envious that you are able to run. I walk every day and have terrible heal pain. My doctor says it's achilles tendonitis. But as soon as I can get rid of that pain, I am going to try intervals. You rock girlfriend!
    3851 days ago
    When I first took up running, I had leakage problems too. It seemed to be brought on when I ran faster than usual or when my heart rate jumped up. As I got fitter, the leakage problems got fewer. But when I was training for my first marathon, I always wore a small pad on the long runs. For me at any rate, the problem has now pretty much disappeared. It took about a year.

    I'm sure no one noticed, especially with wicking shorts. These days in the humidity, all of my clothes are completely drenched at the end of a run. Who can tell the source? Don't worry about it!

    You're doing great!
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    Way to go for running anyway, I know I probably wouldn't be as disciplined in hot and humid weather emoticon

    (Sorry to hear about the leakage, have you tried Kegel exercises?)
    3851 days ago
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