I was curious what kind of pace I'm capable of after all these months of marathon training, so I thought a mock-5K race would help me see where I stood. My best outdoor 5K time was 24:03 (that was in the spring). Today, I ran hard, and felt like I was going to vomit! I finished in 25:28. Nowhere near my best, but not horrible, either. Hopefully some speedwork this winter will improve that to under 24 minutes.
It was a very tough run, and for that I am proud. I stuck it out, even though I wanted to stop running and puke. It was HARD.
There weren't a whole lot of submissions this week for Motivational Monday, so I hope that's due to everyone being so busy ;)
"I started my weight loss journey at 186 (pretty high since I'm a shrimp -- 5'1"). My highest weight is pictured at Thanksgiving 2012. On January 2 of last year, I decided to get serious about losing weight. The other picture (Easter 2013) shows me at about 150. The space between those two pictures represents way more than the actual pictures--months of making better food choices, sweating with Jillian Michaels, running my first 5K, etc. I am at 149 right now and still have about 25 lbs. to lose." (Kara's blog)
"Last weekend, October 27th, I finished my first Half Ironman. It comes a year after the completion of my first half marathon in October 2012. I always knew I wanted to complete a 70.3 distance triathlon, but I never thought it would happen this soon. Over the past year and a half, I have lost 50 pounds, started running, and became a true triathlete." (Tabitha's race report)
My sister, Jeanie, just completed her goal half-marathon! Way back in May, I wrote up a training plan for her to run a sub-2:15 half-marathon. She actually completed that goal at a practice half-marathon a few weeks ago, so I told her she could go for a sub-2:10 at her goal race.
"I met my goal of a sub 2:10 half. Finished in 2:08, with a 9:47 pace! I was thrilled! Here is a picture of myself and my 3 friends at the Haunted Hustle race in Middleton, WI"
Jennifer reached 100 pounds lost!!
"100 lbs down, 37 to go! Thank you so much for sharing your life & story with us. Your motivation/determination blog post keeps me going. When I want to give up I read it & it pushes me on. You've also inspired me to venture into the running world. Week 6 of the C25K program, so far so good."
"Completed my first half marathon! I never would have imagined completing 13.1 miles 2 years ago! 70 lbs lost later I started with a goal of a 5K and then decided along with my wonderful husband and my mom that we would complete our first 1/2 marathon together and WE DID IT!!"
"Ran my 1st 5k this weekend and finished 35:45! My goal was under 36 and I did it!!"
Don't forget to check out the Motivational Monday Facebook post for more inspiring stories!