March 29, 2009

Heart Mini 5k Update

I finished the race! That's right...this morning we ran in the Heart Mini 5k race in downtown Cincinnati. It was awesome, despite the weather! Here's a quick video of how I felt after the race. I'll post more about the run and some pictures soon. Thanks to everyone for your support!

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March 23, 2009

Sunday's the day - Heart Mini 5k

So, the 5k run/jog is just 6 days away! This Sunday morning, I'll be in downtown Cincinnati pounding the pavement with hundreds of people running in the 2009 Heart Mini-Marathon & Heart Walk. JJ and I have joined the Local 12 team and have signed up to run/jog the 5k run which starts at 9am. So as you're enjoying your upcoming weekend on Sunday, say a prayer for me to finish the 5k! I'm sure I'll be shuffling at a snail's pace, but the goal here is to finish (even if it means I have to stop and walk a few blocks, then pick it back up to a light jog!)

Over these last few weeks, I've realized how dedicated you have to be to see improvement with running. It takes real commitment to get out there everyday and jog a bit more or a bit faster each time you head outside. Jogging outside is so much different than being on the treadmill. It is so much harder! Don't get me wrong, the scenery is much better outside, but the pavement is harder on your feet & knees.

For last night's run, JJ and I did a 2 mile jog together around our neighborhood. It has been really great to have him for support while I'm taking on this new challenge. He's been helping me push just a little further each time we've been out jogging. That's what it's about, setting small goals, like okay - I can make it to the mailbox, then continuing to push more as we jog up the hills. I'm thankful that we've decided to run the 5k together this weekend! It's going to be very helpful to have him by my side as we line up for the start of the run. His pace is faster than mine, so we may or may not finish together, but I'm really pumped for everything and know that we'll have a great time on Sunday.

March 10, 2009

Where have I been?

I've been a bad blogger...haven't posted lately...just haven't had much to say really. Life is good, which in these tough economic times and so on, is a nice thing to be able to say!

My training for the 5k is harder than I anticipated. I'm still following the Couch to 5k program, though now, I'm trying to jog outside as much as I can to get more comfortable on the pavement rather than spending time on the treadmill. Technically I'm only on week 5 of the program (which is crazy since I started in January, you can tell I haven't been as hard core about it as I should be!). I have hit the track a few times and completed a 2 mile jog (let's be honest, it was more like a shuffle!). But it was outside, against the wind, and today I plan to shuffle my way through the neighborhood near my gym before I do my strength training.

Spring has almost sprung here in the tri-state and there are loads of projects to be done around the house. Project #1 - Fix the garage ceiling. Over the winter months, I opened the garage door to find part of the ceiling had fallen, Bummer. It was patched when I purchased the home, so it's not too suprising that the patch tape finally gave way. Project #2 - Clean the windows....this task is part of most people's spring cleaning, but I admit that in the almost 4 years I've owned our house, I've never cleaned the windows....Oops! Project #3 - Find a good grass seed to put down in the back yard. Miss Ella has totally destroyed the backyard by running around like a maniac everytime a ball is thrown or she spots another animal roaming through nature's beauty! But no matter how much I dislike seeing all that dirt in what used to be our grassy backyard, it's hard to get mad at a face like this...

So, that's the latest with me...oh yeah, and JJ and I are planning a wedding, but that's just a side note! Hope life is treating your and yours well, remember to give thanks for life's daily blessings and not to sweat the small stuff. Enjoy the day, Thanks for checking in!