Is a 5K in two weeks doable?

June 9, 2011 at 9:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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So, here I am, talking about running again.

I feel like the most inexperienced runner, yet I have been trying to do this going on three years now. Yes, three years. With only one 5K under my belt, which was 7 months ago.

One word comes to mind: Lame.

And so I have been searching 5Ks in the area and seeing if any of them are doable. (If you don’t know me, I work a night shift Tuesday through Saturday, so 8:30 a.m. races are not considered fun for me, more like torture.)

As you might know, I missed out on a midnight race because of my neglect to keep an eye on my schedule and to keep to my running. But I have been trying to get back on track, only to be sidelined last week by intense allergies and almost sidelined this week by intense heat.

So far this week I have ran about 5 miles. I am trying to get outside as much as I can to beat my body into road-submission, but I did intervals on the treadmill today. I have yet to run 3 miles straight since November 2010.

So, there is this 5K in Baltimore on Sunday, June 26 (The Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K).  It is screaming my name. It’s an 8 a.m. start (ouch!) and I live an hour away. June 26 is about 2 weeks away, give or take a day.

I need tips on a variety of aspects: Do I do it and train hard for it? Do I skip? (I work until 1 a.m. Saturday/Sunday before.) Do I get a hotel instead? (which I can’t go to until after 1 a.m.)

Suggestions, people, suggestions!


Too soon of a run?

May 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I might be crazy in some sense, but I am addicted to running. Well, to clarify, I am addicted to reading running blogs, to researching running equipment and daydreaming about running. But actually running, that is not that often.

Now, I’ve ran before and actually trained for my first, and so far only, 5K.

I swear this is me right before a 5K, which I did complete.

Then the winter blues got to me and I have barely just emerged out of my dark weather depression. Sometimes it sucks, and yes I should probably seek professional help, but that’s a different topic for a different time.

Well, I stumbled upon a 5K in my local area (literally a 5 minute drive.) I saw it a few weeks ago, and it’s a midnight run called Midnight in May 5K. But as I figured, it was on a Friday and I usually work until 1 a.m. Fridays.

Well, while looking for 5Ks late last night/early morning (1:30 a.m.) I found the Midnight 5K website again, and guess who happened to switch days with a co-worker a few weeks ago (to help her out for vacation time) and now is free Friday? ME!

But the problem is, I haven’t been training. Heck, I don’t think I ran in more than a week! And the race is in TWO days! I only have time for running today & Friday (I farm Thursdays and will be too exhausted.)

A 5K at midnight is perfect for me, because unlike most people, I am awake at the time without caffeine and usually don’t need to get up with the sun the next day.

But I am afraid — that I will injure myself, that I will suck so bad (I haven’t ran a whole mile on real ground since the Thanksgiving 5K!)

Advice? I sure need it!

No rest for the … sick?

November 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Actually, I have been resting. Hence why I haven’t been blogging! I am so sorry.

I caught the office cold, finally. By Saturday, I went through 1/2 a box of tissues. At work. I must have been annoying everyone.

I have been so worried because my 5K is in 2 days and I want to desperately get better! Lucky for me, my hiatus (sore throat started a week ago) has saved me. I think I am doing better.

So, sorry for not posting! I have been sick but I did get some food cooked in between. I made Alicia Silverstone‘s Moroccan Couscous.

I also made Baked Potato Soup yesterday & got cracking on my Thanksgiving meal with homemade cranberry sauce today. I will try posting recipes and pictures ASAP.

Wish me luck on the Turkey Trot 5K!!

Yes, I am here!

November 3, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Well, I guess it’s a good thing I am here, even though late, rather than never. I am a BIT behind on Vegan MoFo, three days actually. I am sorry, vegan mofo-ers!! I forgot to take pictures of the seitan piccata with capers sauce from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet book.  And then we ate it all because I ran some major intervals for my 5K training. Here is Alicia doing her thing. *I love you, girl!*

ANYWAYS, I have been pretty set on my 5K training. I might be lazy, but I work the night shift! I can’t help it that I go to bed at 4 a.m. and need my 8 hours! (That’s noon wake-up time.) I try to head to the gym and back before work, and driving to work is a 30+ minute ordeal in and of itself.

Hence the lack of cooking. and cleaning for that matter. But tomorrow is Thursday, meaning MY hump day, meaning I will get stuff done shortly! (I can only pray.)

I also have been on TasteSpotting and lurking on a number of other vegan foodie blogs, getting ideas for running fuel and yummy treats.

So, check back for some food fun!

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