Month: July 2014

Weekend Up North

My family spends every other weekend and our trailer over by Lake Michigan. This used to be a place I went all the time as a child, but as I got older my family moved onto different hobbies and we stayed away from this gorgeous area. Last year my dad and mom decided to buy a Camping Trailer and they got a seasonal spot in a campground in Mears MI, or as everyone calls it Silver Lake. Silver Lake has a lot to offer. It has the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan, the quiet tranquility of an undiscovered boardwalk town, and the thrilling dips of the Sand Dunes.

This past weekend it was my middle sisters 13th birthday and her favorite thing in the world is cruising through the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. My dad has a 2012 Ford Raptor that he has souped up to be one of the baddest vehicles that hit the sand (yes i’m biased). Nothing makes my little sister happy like gliding across the sand and flying through the air. I have to admit she is far more fearless then I am, because while my need for speed is great my concern for the well being of people in smaller vehicles out weighs it.

We spent three nights at our trailer this weekend, hit lots of sand and for my first time this year I took a shallow dip in Lake Michigan. I thought I would share some of my pictures here because I took a lot and what is the use of a picture stuck on my phone for no one to see?

Dad and Adaline walking to the beach.

Dad and Adaline walking to the beach.

Shelby playing in Lake Michigan

Shelby playing in Lake Michigan

The coast of Lake Michigan towards Pentwater

The coast of Lake Michigan towards Pentwater

Sunset over Silver Lake

Sunset over Silver Lake

Sunset at the Top of Test Hill off the truck

Sunset at the Top of Test Hill off the truck

 

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How far was that again?

I was going to share my run from tonight tomorrow, but when I got home and plugged in my Garmin and realized how far I ran I was to excited to keep it to myself!

So i set out on my run tonight with the goal of running/walking 8 kilometers which I figured would wind up being around 4 miles. I haven’t run since last tuesday which I completed a 6.1 kilometer walk/run in an hour and 12 minutes. I went on vacation with my family thursday morning and I had full intention of continuing my run schedule, but I just didn’t. I took the weekend to enjoy the company of my family, both of my grandfathers were up north with my family as well as one of my cousins, so we just had a good time enjoying each others company. I have a few pictures from the weekend and some interesting stories so I’ll write a separate post about what we do over on Lake Michigan tomorrow! Anyway back to tonights run.

My First 5 mile run!

My First 5 mile run!

I completed my 8.1 k in 1 hour and 33 minutes, which is 5.03 miles! My average mile per minute is 18:35 which has been close to my average mile per minute. I did really well this run. I never really got tired or super exhausted, in fact it was just the opposite I felt really calm and zen like. I have been running the same path for a week now and I enjoy it! I did start my run later then I had wanted to, so I didn’t get back home until after 10pm which is a little to late for me. I am not super comfortable running at night so I will be trying to start earlier for my next run/walk.

 Run Summary 7/8/2014

I have been trying to run more and more, but right now I’m really focused on making sure I can complete the full 10 mile distance for my run in October. Once I hit 10 miles I will start training more for speed. My goal is still a 12 minute mile by november, i don’t really have a goal for the October run besides the required 16 minute mile. It feels so good to know that I have reached the hallway point for my 10 mile run and that my mile per minute has improved by 3 minutes since i’ve started running.

 

After my disappointing doctors appointment a couple weeks ago this is exactly the kind of positive boost I need to keep my spirits up! I can’t wait to keep running and see how far I can go! Maybe after I complete my Marathon in a Year I will be able to run a real Marathon in a day! 

Wish me luck!

 

5K round two!

Last night I went out for my run. I planned on running around 7pm but I didn’t make it out of the house until closer to 7:30. My goal for the evening was to do a 5k. I started off strong in the first 1k of my run, maybe too strong. I was a little more optimistic about how much I could run and over did it a lot, especially int he first 2 kilometers. I am excited to start going farther though with every run! I got some great running advice from a fellow Cystic her name is Emily and she is the main runner and operator for the charity I am working for this year the Rock CF Foundation. She is an amazing athlete and someone I admire very much, having her support and advise is a big motivator for me to keep working hard to fulfill my goals! Her advise to me was to run four days a week alternating days and to work in strength training on the in between days. SO I have been following that method with yesterday being my first full run, on off days I do push ups, crunches and planks. I am not the greatest at actual work outs, so it’s going to take some getting used to, but I know i will get better at it!

Here are the Garmin stats from my 5k yesterday. I am really proud to have my fastest mile to minute yet it’s just under 19 minutes! I need to be at least at 16 for my run in october, and i’m hoping to get it down to 12 for my run in November. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it!

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My goal tomorrow is to do another 5k maybe go a little farther. I don’t want to do to much to fast, and this 5k was pretty exhausting for me. I’ll keep working on it though!
Wish me luck!