Running Free

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.


Mmm, tastes like fall in a mug!

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!


Bright new shoes helped keep me going this morning:)

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!!








7 thoughts on “Running Free

  1. Girl, those times are GREAT!!!! Don’t worry – you will work your way up to being able to run 25 minutes. One suggestion is that it’s really easy to come out of the gate really flying, but then you burn out before the end of your run. It may seem counter-intuitive, but starting out slowly and then building up speed as you get warmed up will probably help you to run the longer distances/times. Great job!

    • Thanks Amy! I definitely flew right off the bat this morning, not sure why, I usually try to start a bit slower and then find my comfortable pace- must have been the new shoes- haha 😉 But definitely sound advice that I will aim for on Thursday…
      I should probably clarify, that the mile 2 & 3 splits were just examples I grabbed out of the air for the sake of explaining what a split was(mile 1 really was my time!).- I wish those were my times! However, after checking runkeeper, my actual times weren’t TOO far off I suppose:
      mile 2: 8:45 mile 3: 9:22. Sorry if I mislead you guys, I was just being lazy! 🙂

  2. Wow great times!! I agree with Amy ^^^ on starting too fast. The thing that most distance runners really strive for is negative splits…steadily decreasing pace per mile. Sometimes when you stop running and you’re on a roll, all the blood will rush to your legs. Add in your head going down to your feet and it’s a recipe for disaster! If you need to stretch, keep your legs moving and try not to bend over. Your blood is really pumpin when you’re running!

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