Aug 042015

…to my first 5k of the summer!

As of today I have about 13 days before the first 5k I signed up for. This one I’m running with Michael. I think we both feel behind in our training. I signed up for the two 5k’s back in March and then two weeks later had my back issues. My running had been going pretty well–I was running on a consistent basis at the gym and actually running a bit outside thanks to the mild winter/spring we had. But the back injury set me back. A lot.

I didn’t think too much about it at the time because my #1 concern was healing my back! Physical therapy, rest, ice, massage, chiropractor, standing desk at work…It took longer than I was expecting to get back to normal but honestly I think I got lucky. I would say I am 99% fixed now with some “flare ups” occasionally of tight muscles in my back but overall I think I got lucky healing as quickly as I did.

As a result of all this, I wasn’t running much or lifting weights. In fact, if I remember correctly I took about a month off from both things. Getting back into it was slow but I got there.


Because of all this I would say I am a month or two behind on where I’d like to be. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be walking some of my 5k. I’m okay with this. I am going to listen to my body and not push it. It’s not worth it to me. Running 85% of the rest is good enough for me.

Michael said he feels behind schedule as well. But he also feels like he has the muscles to run the whole thing now despite that. And he’s probably right. He’s been doing way more cycling than me all year long and I think he has the cardio and the leg muscles from that to run it. He had an ankle injury early on in the training so that was his setback. I wish we were both a little further along in our training but it is what it is.

I had an early appointment and so I decided to go for a run on the nearby track beforehand. It was so nice to run outside. It was going to be a very hot day and at 7:30am it was already hot out! I put on some tunes, walked/jogged down the neighborhood to the school and joined the other runners on the track.


For some reason my heart rate was spiking a lot. Maybe it was the heat. Maybe I was a little tired/dehydrated. I don’t know. But I had to walk a little bit more than normal. Despite that I had a good run and my knees held up nicely.


I ran/jogged back to the house, chugged some water and then decided to spend my cool down walking Bella.


I’m glad I walked Bella early. It was hot but not too hot yet and that night it was close to 100 degrees! Too hot for Little Miss to walk.


Back at the house I used the foam roller and did some stretches before rushing to get out the door for my appointment.

I’m excited about my race. I think it will be good and it will be fun to do it with Michael. My hope is that by my second 5k in mid-September will be better because I’ll have one more month to train for it!

Are you running any races this summer? How is your training going?

Mar 112015

Portland Parks & Rec is doing their $5 5k series again. I had marked my calender to make sure I was registered on the day they opened it because the series sold out so fast last year. They might be sold out by now, but if you live in the Portland area and want to do a 5K this summer, check out their website here.


Last year I ran the Gabriel Park 5k, in 35 minutes. It was the first race I’d run in a LONG time (I think Hood to Coast was the last running race I’d done) and I’d spent most of the spring and summer training for it (using the Couch To 5k App). It felt great to be running again and it felt even better to race, even if it was just a “fun” no pressure kind of race.

I’ve signed up for two races for this summer, one in August and one in September. The one in September I’m running with my dad! I’m really excited about that and I know he is too. I’m also a little nervous because he’s faster than me. Yep, my 65 year old father is in better shape and a faster runner than I am! Talk about a complex, right? But it’s just something fun that we can do together and I’m looking forward to it. I think my friend Robyn (who I ran with last year) and my dog walker Amy is signed up for the August race so it will be fun to run with them!


After work on Tuesday I decided to go for a run instead of going to the gym. The weather was too nice to be inside–60+ degrees and sunny. I decided to run the track near the house. The weather was perfect and it’s now much lighter in the evenings so that’s nice. Since I was running the track, I left Bella at home.

I jogged down our street and then jogged/walked to the neighborhood track. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and sunglasses! In MARCH! Unheard of.


I ran/walked around the track and enjoyed the warm air and the fresh air. I was so glad I decided to run. It took about a mile to warm up and not feel stiff/achy, but once I warmed up the running was fantastic and I didn’t want to stop.

After running for about 30 minutes I decided to head back home and I had planned on doing some ab work and some yoga stretches. When I got to our street I saw Michael walking Bella up the street so I ended up joining them for their walk as my cool-down. Here was the walk:


It was still nice out but the clouds were rolling in. The three of us walked around the neighborhood and then headed back home. I skipped the ab work and instead just did stretches. Here’s my calorie count:


421 calories, 3.05 miles run. I stretched and cleaned up and then Michael and fixed a quick dinner of leftovers (pork tenderloin, asparagus, cottage cheese and some polenta). It was a low calorie dinner but filling. I iced my knees to be safe, since I’m used to treadmill running right now, and we relaxed.

I’m excited about the 5k’s I signed up for. My mistake with choosing Gabriel Park last year was that it was ALL HILLS. The ones I picked for this summer, thankfully, are more flat. I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself, but I am hoping I can run most of the 5k’s and not walk as much as I did last year. We’ll see. I hope the weather stays nice so I can continue to train outside! The rain is back now, so who knows!