Today has been a fantastic day! Yesterday afternoon I was discharged from University of Michigan Hospital. Now I will still be on IV antibiotics for the next couple weeks, but thankfully I can do them from home for now. Today I was able to go for my first walk in almost a week. I was nervous that I would have a hard time breathing and that I wouldn’t even make it to the end of the road, but I went a whopping 5k. I did struggle a little so my pace was a few minutes slower then normal, but it felt really good to be out and walking again.
I received the second bit of great news when I got home from my walk. Disney has released the bib numbers for the Tower of Terror 10 mile run in October. I am not the fastest runner and I was honest when filling out my estimated finish time. I couldn’t be happier to find that I have been placed in Corral I, which is the second to last corral. Now I don’t know how long the time between corrals is, but I know that the extra couple minutes that I will get is going to be the make it or break it between my finishing or not. I may have cried from happiness when I found out that I have a serious chance of finishing now.
I plan on training hard core over the next few weeks, and it is my goal to have the minimum 16 minute mile by October for the run. My fastest minute mile so far is just under 18 minutes. I was making really good progress before I got sick and I am lucky to be on a fast track to getting better now. I have a long ways to go ahead of me, but I know I will cross that finish line!
Wish me luck!
So I took some time off for a wedding, but this week is going to be my redemption. I got back into walking last week and I was really discouraged because I was doing poorly and on top of that I really wasn’t feeling the greatest. Well I did something crazy to force myself into being more motivated and I signed up for an 8k this weekend with one of my friends from high school. We will be participating in the Crim Festival of Races 8k walk this coming saturday. The crazy thing is I also have a baby shower to go to that afternoon it’s going to be interesting weekend.
To get back in the swing of things I have been working on getting my distance back up. I did a 5k yesterday evening and I was disappointed when it was over an hour (1:05 to be exact). I set out this evening to do a 6k and while I didn’t meet the distance I did do 5k in 55 minutes! I was really excited to have it under and hour and shaving off 10 minutes over night wasn’t to bad. It gives me a lot more faith in my ability to complete my 10 mile run in October.
My favorite part of my walk this evening though is that I also had my fastest mile yet. It was a glorious 16:37. It might not be an olympic pace, but thats my fastest mile yet! It is so encouraging to see my time improving, it really lifts my spirits from the poor month i’ve had. It’s definitely motivated me to keep going!
Tomorrow’s goal is 7k, which me luck!
The past couple days have had there ups and downs, and I am happy to report that I have been walking! I went for a walk this past Wednesday and my Nike+ sensor just quit working on me so I made a split moment decision to buy a Garmin 110. I ordered mine through Amazon it was roughly $130.00 but I was super excited to make the investment in my running future. I received it saturday morning and of course I had to charge it and use it right away! Well after using it tonight on my longest walk yet I am pretty heart broken to report that it quit working, to say that i am disappointed is an understatement i think terms like pissed off are more accurate. I asked around for a bit before I made my purchase and everyone seemed really happy with Garmins and told me that they are really the only way to go for serious running, so I am hoping that this can get sorted as quickly and painlessly as possible.
What am I most upset about? That all that data from my walk tonight is lost. No I did not reach my 5k goal, but I did go on my longest walk and now it is just non-existent. In all I can’t if I am more upset that this Garmin let me down, or that I feel i’ve let you down. I’m not really upset for not meeting my 5k goal, tonight I walked (with my dad) 2.15K and I was exhausted. I completely underestimated how long 5k is, so I am rescheduling that 5k goal for this coming sunday. Now that I have abetter idea of what kind of a distance I have ahead of me, I think I can accurately tackle my goal!
My bigger goal for tomorrow is to figure out what is wrong with this Garmin! Hopefully to get it on the track to working again. I don’t by myself nice things very often, I have been trying to make a change in that. It’s hard to change when you spend a lot of money on yourself and it just falls apart in front of you. I am confident it will get fixed though!
Wish me luck!