“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Sorry I have been remiss in my posting. I have been in a funk for the last few weeks. Since my mom died the holidays have always been difficult for me, so it seems to be this way every year. I have still been running though. Not as much, but a day or two each week at least. I started a holiday running challenge to run every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas, but alas I broke my streak (of two days, lol) Saturday because I spent the night with a friend & didn’t come home until late that day. Then Sunday I pretty much spent all day in bed & yesterday… I pissed around until it was too late to go. Today would be my regular running day, so I am going to run today. I have had some good times lately though, so I am at least pleased with that. I’m getting closer to my 15:00 goal. Haven’t made any progress on my 10K program, mostly because I can’t get motivated for the cross training & strength training days. I have always had trouble adding anything other than running to my routine. Adding new things ends up with me quitting everything; I’m so weird.
I have just in general been so unmotivated about everything. I hardly want to get out of bed most days. However, today I am posting this & have already gotten started on some things around the house. Also I got started on a rather ambitious new crochet project. For my dad’s birthday (which was last week…) I am making a pillow for the University of Alabama. The front is going to be red with a white “A” in the middle done in graph crochet & the back is black & white houndstooth. I have already finished the back & the houndstooth stitch was a new one for me. This is also my first time doing graph crochet & since the design is really simple I think the only difficult part is going to be getting the graph right so the size works. I think I finally have it figured out, but we shall see when I start over on it today:~/
On the plus side, I have spent more time around friends lately & even met some new people. I dusted off an old dating profile & have been talking to a few guys online in hopes of getting some offline dates. Got to get back in the game so I’ll be ready for all the men when I get to Portland!
I have had some eating/weight issues lately, but I think I’ll save those for their own post because there are some things I’ve been meaning to write about.
Mile 1: 17:55
Mile 2: 18:00
Average Pace: 18:04.9, 3.33mph
This was my attempt to start the 10K program. It was slow (even for me now), but I finished it which makes me proud. I thought at one point I couldn’t finish it, but I walked for a couple of minutes & went on to finish it easily without another walk break. Go me! I didn’t run again that week.
Mile 1: 15:56
Average Pace: 16:22, 3.67mph
My time today was better. I didn’t run the day before because I was going to run with a friend who is trying to get started, but she wasn’t feeling well so we just hung out. I’m glad I did drag myself out the next day though.
Mile 1: 15:38
Mile 2: 13:35 <== doubtful.
Average Pace: 14:54.9, 4.03mph <== woo!
So today went really well! Not only did I average under 15:00, but it was my first time running two days in a row & I didn’t die. Hurray! That is a big time difference from the Tuesday before when I ran the same distance, almost 10min faster, & I wasn’t even trying.
Mile 1: 17:01
Average Pace: 18:53, 3.18mph
Today was slow. I can’t remember what the issue was, but I pretty much crapped out after a mile & walked it out. I forgot to stop the timer on the run when I switched.
Mile 1: 16:09
Mile 2: 16:08
Mile 3: 15:55
Average Pace: 16:00, 3.75mph
Thanksgiving! This was the first day of the holiday streak challenge, & I was glad I got started even after a day of hanging out, eating turkey & cake. nomnomnom My first time hitting 3mi in a while, & I was pleased with my time. Clearly it was the chocolate cake fueling me around the loops!
Mile 1: 14:45
Average Pace: 15:09, 3.18mph
Another good time! I’m getting closer to making my 15:00 goal a regular thing.
So, looking over this makes me feel better about the runs I’ve been doing. I haven’t been running as much, but my times are improving. I don’t know when I’m going to try the 10K program again, but for now I’m content to just take it easy & run what I want to.