August 18, 2010

Q&A and What’s Next?

I thought I’d take a moment to answer some questions I’ve received related to the running I’ve been doing lately…

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What phone case do you use while running?

I’ve used this iPhone armband for the past couple years.  It’s worked well for walking, running, and bike riding.  When my phone’s not in it, I store my ear phones in the case and keep it in my car so it’s always with me.

What’s on my workout playlist?

It would be a lot to list out the hundreds of songs that I’ve got in my Workout Playlist, so I’ll just list a few of my must-haves.  I have quite the acetic music collection…

  • Black Eyed Peas (Boom Boom Pow, Rockin To The Beat, Imma Be)
  • Britney Spears (Boys, Me Against The Music, Gimme More, 3)
  • Montel Jordan (This is How We Do It)
  • Fergie (Fergalicious)
  • Usher (Yeah!, OMG)
  • The Crystal Method (Cherry Twist, Busy Child, High Roller)
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot (Baby Got Back)
  • Marky Mark (Good Vibrations)
  • Beastie Boys (Body Movin’)
  • Jay Z (I’ll Be, Empire State of Mind)
  • EMF (Unbelievable)
  • Milli Vanilli (Girl You Know It’s True, Blame it on the Rain)

I really attribute a lot of my running success to these songs.  They can keep me going even when my body wants me to stop.

Now that I’ve completed the Couch 2 5k exercise - Can I run a 5k?

Yes, I can actually!  It’s not easy, but I can definitely do it.  It takes me about 30 minutes to go the distance, and I’ve been doing it about 3 times a week.  My race is coming up in 2 weeks and my goal is to run it in 28 minutes. 

My motivators:

Traci, my SIL, was a big motivator for me.  She runs and bikes a lot and has even done a few triathlons!  She originally told me about C25k and I started my 5k training with her while we were on our family vacation this summer.

Another big motivator is my Boy BFF, Mike.  A few months ago he started running in the mornings.  I was inspired that he was waking up early to run on his own, so I followed suit!

Running and working out in general has also played a big role in my healing.  It feels good to focus on something other than missing my babies and/or having a baby.  Plus, it’s great to be fit and healthy!   

Who’s up for the challenge?

I’m so proud of Devon and Josh for both started Couch 2 5k this week!  I can’t wait to see the progress they make.  I know they will both do great!  Maybe in 9 weeks or so we can all do a 5k together?image

What’s Next? 

After my race in 2 weeks, I am going to start my 10k training.  I just downloaded this app.  Ahhh.. a 10k sounds scary!  The app says it’s “specifically designed to bridge Couch 2 5k grads to run a 10k in just 6 weeks.”  We’ll see about that!

 

The first week assignment is a 10 minute run, walk for 1 minute, and repeat 4 times.  Not too bad…

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6 comments:

  1. I've heard of LOTS of people doing this. I'm thinking I'll have to try it after the first of the year! I've never been a runner...or walker for the matter but everyone is saying it's managable which is really encouraging! Keep up the good work!

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  2. you already know you are my inspiration!!! thanks girl!

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  3. devon's been telling me how you're inspiring her!!! i guess i need to get an iphone for this? is there some way i can do it without an iphone? (yea, i know i need to get an iphone- i just don't want to b/c my friend ann is on t-mobile like me and we get to talk for free...and we talk and talk for hours each week...)

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  4. I am fininshing up week 4 of the Couch to 5k app tomorrow morning. I have never been a runner but I just keep chugging along and this app is by far the best $2.99 I have spent in a long time! My boss is currently doing to bridge to 10k and she really likes it. Good luck!

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  5. Thank you for the shout out Lo, I use you as a motivator too! God knows, I need motivation!

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  6. Ha about the running and biking alot. That calf injury got the best of me and now the heat is slaying me. I start week 4 today. Hope to run some 5ks this fall when the weather is better and maybe some season end triathalon. That would require getting on my bike though :)

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