Tomorrow is the big day! I'm so excited that so many people (895 and counting) are going to be running "with" me on my birthday :) I'm not too excited about waking up a 31-year old instead of a 30-year old, but I've been trying to enjoy my birthdays despite the fact that I'm getting older, so I'm making the most of it!
This morning, I just wasn't feeling like running outside. It wasn't as cold as it was the past couple of days (about 14 degrees today), but I wanted to run fast, and the ground was covered in snow, so I opted for the treadmill again. This time, I turned Breaking Bad on Netflix, and I finally found the right show to keep me coming back for more!
I set the speed at 7.3 mph and the incline on 1%, and just left it there for 4 miles. After about a mile, I really started questioning whether that was too fast, because it was feeling pretty hard. But I knew that I could stick it out, so I kept going. I was very happy with my pace when I was done, but I don't know how that would translate outdoors, so I tried not to get too happy with it. It will be interesting to see my pace outside after my last few treadmill runs.
My leader acknowledged that I was in maintenance, and then said, "Don't go losing too much now!" I was very glad that she acknowledged that I'm at/under goal, and I'm not trying to lose any more. (Maybe she read my blog yesterday? hahaha)
The meeting was really good today--she had us form three groups, which usually causes all kinds of social anxiety in me, but since we didn't have to choose our groups (she divided us by sections of the room), I felt better about it. We had to come up with a dinner that was less than 10 PointsPlus, contained at least 3 Power Foods, and one vegetable. Our group came up with one pretty quickly, so we spent the rest of the time chatting about different food finds and stuff.
One woman said that she adores white sweet potatoes, which I've never tried. She said they're extremely sweet, and don't need anything on them. I'm going to look for those next time I'm at the store, because they sounded good. Anyway, I'm starting to feel more comfortable at the meetings, and I've actually talked a little at the last two ;)
Now, on to the good stuff--tomorrows 5K! Here is some last minute info:
*If you haven't already, you can print off a race bib.
*Please feel free to take a picture of yourself post-race and post it to my Facebook page or tweet me (My handle is @runsforcookies and you can use hashtag #RfCVirtual5K for any race-related tweets). I was hoping to post photos to my blog, but with nearly 1,000 people signed up, I'm going to have to do it this way instead. If you post an Instagram photo, you can use the same hashtag (I'm RunsforCookies on Instagram as well).
*If you post a picture, feel free to write a sentence or two describing your race, or how you felt, or what the temperature was when you ran, or WHATEVER you'd like to share. I may be taking some of them and posting them on the blog. If you post a race report on your own blog, please e-mail me the link--I'd love to share it!
*Run or walk 3.1 miles (5K), and log your time.
*IMPORTANT: Fill out this "finishers" form before 8:00 AM EST on Sunday, Jan. 27th. I will post the results on Sunday night. I wanted to e-mail this to everyone, but with so many people signed up, my e-mail won't let me mass mail it like that. So you'll have to click the link from here. (ETA: The link to the form is now closed--results will be posted 1/27 at 9:00 pm)
*IMPORTANT: If you completed your 5K and you are interested in entering the prizes drawing, please fill out this form no later than 8:00 AM EST on Sunday, Jan. 27th. If you would like to see the prizes again, you can see them on this post. Take note of what you are interested in winning, because I'm doing separate drawings for each prize. If you completed your 5K, you get 10 entries to divide up however you'd like--put them all in one pool, put them in 10 different pools, or 7 in one and 3 in another, etc. As long as the number of entries adds up to 10, you're good to go. (ETA: This link to the form is now closed, since I drew the prize winners on 1/27. Winners will be posted 1/27 at 9:00 pm)
I really hope everyone has fun with this! I'm meeting my mom bright and early at 6:00 to run on the treadmills at the rec center. Then it's a celebratory/birthday lunch at La Pita!