Good mornin’ ya’ll!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend! I spent mine with family- swimming, playing laser tag(again), and eating lots of yummy food. I didn’t really snap any photos, I just relaxed, kicked back, and enjoyed the moment.
I did, however, spend Sunday morning running. It was day three of week 6 of the c25k running program. I was supposed to do a 5 minute warm-up walk and then jog for 22 minutes without walking. I hit 16 minutes, and stopped to wait on a car before crossing the main street in my neighborhood. While stopped, I decided a quick reach down to my toes for a stretch was a good idea, but when I did, I instantly got dizzy and completely nauseous. I hadn’t eaten anything that morning, so I thought for sure I would be dry-heaving and miserable. Luckily, I got my tummy under control, but I couldn’t finish running after that. I just felt sick. What’s up with that? Did I throw my blood pressure out of wack? Dennis suggested it was probably like when you stand up too suddenly and get a head rush… he could be right. I had a headache after that, and it took a good 5-10 minutes to feel ‘normal’ again. It sucked. My run was ruined, blah.
Let’s talk about something a little more uplifting, shall we? Breakfast.
Breakfast: ALL of my bowls were dirty this morning, so I ended up eating breakfast out of a mug- ’cause I’m lazy like that. I bought a can of mashed pumpkin last week on a whim (I guess I have autumn on the brain), so I whipped up a quick bowl of pumpkin spice oatmeal and devoured it in a .25 seconds. I was starving!
Autumn Pumpkin Oats
- 1/2 c quick oats
- 1.5 tsp brown sugar
- 1/4 c canned pumpkin
- light sprinkle of salt
- 2 shakes of pumpkin spice
- enough water to cover the oats
Toss all of the ingredients in a microwavable bowl, microwave for 1 minute or until most of the water is absorbed and the oats are puffed. Enjoy!
Workout: This morning’s workout was the start of Week 7 on the c25k program. Basically from here on out, it’s just running for as long as I can(this week I’m supposed to be up to 25 minutes). Haha, C25K, very funny. I’ve found that 16 minutes seems to be my magic number(for now), before I have to walk, and then pick back up again. Twenty-five minutes is kind of a cruel joke. So, this morning I decided to try something different. I simultaneously set my c25k app, my runkeeper app, and played my music in the background. I want to start focusing on my actual distance, as well as my minutes per mile average. I kept seeing people write their split times on various blogs and was a little foggy on what all of that meant. Well, now I know. Your split times are your minutes per mile, shown in a list, with the miles split up, so that you can see how many minutes it took you to complete each mile. It would look something like this:
- Mile 1: 7:30 mins
- Mile 2: 8:12 mins
- Mile 3: 9:00 mins
You get the idea. Runkeeper is a great free android app that allows you to record all kinds of info like this. It can track your routes, keep pace of min/mile averages, and overall time, all while allowing music to play in the background. It’s also nice because it announces your time and min/mile average every 5 minutes, which saves me from having to check my phone all of the time. I used it last year on my first attempt at c25k, and it saved all of my previous times and distances. I set a new PR(personal record) this morning! 2.44 miles, 20:23 minutes, min/mile avg 8.21. My first mile was 7.30, but it steadily increased with the last two miles, as I incorporated walk breaks in those. I didn’t want to walk, but I was seriously winded and tired. I’m just not at the ‘running for 25 minutes straight’ mark yet. I’m getting so close though, I can feel it!
On a totally unrelated note, I finished a fantastic book over the weekend, so I’ll try to get a review for you guys soon! –I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
- Break any personal records lately?
- Read anything fabulous recently?
Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday! Here’s to a short week!!