Tick off the 5K

One of the resolutions (the 1. of the 2.0.1.4) has been achieved.

I have run a 5K. I chose the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon as my venue for this resolution. Who wouldn’t want to frolic through falling cherry blossoms overlooking a lake!?

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I have ‘trained’ by running on a treadmill for a few months. It wasn’t until a couple of friends mentioned (back in March) that I should probably train outside since the elements were different than inside. DAMNIT. They were so right. While I went from not being able to run .25 mile on a treadmill, I had built it up to 1.5miles straight! Everyone says ‘it’s easier to run outside!’ BULLSHIT. BULL f*%^ing SHIT. I could barely run a kilometer. Which is about .6 miles. The air was hurting my lungs, the people were in my way, the ground was uneven. And I couldn’t just press buttons to help me get to a certain steady speed. It was terrible.

But, I had to do it in order to continue training.

Week of the marathon comes and I am a nervous wreck. My running is terrible, my breathing is weak, and it’s cold outside. Plus I realized that I was going to be running at 8 am.. which meant waking up at 6am. Which I don’t do. Ever. IMG_3111

Marathon day. I’m staying with an awesome chick (sister of a coworker) who is also running the 5K. IMG_3120

 

 

 

Luckily it was a nice big group of us running together.

IMG_3121And everyone was so nice and encouraging.

 

 

 

I had my 100,000Won shorts on over my running pants… which prompted a friend to tell me I have never looked more Jewish! IMG_3119 IMG_3114

It probably didn’t help I was wearing a scarf over my head like a shmata!

 

Which of course fell off in the first minute of running.

 

So the Full marathoners started, followed by the halvers, then the 10Kers, and at last, all the gajillions of us running the 5K.    I’m pretty sure I was dancing crazy-like for my warmup. and… while i was running… which is hard to do.

The start of the race was signaled with colored powder and fire crackers. IMG_3122 The Start.

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The start was strong. As always. I hit the 1km mark before I knew it! The flowered trees were so beautiful.. that these freaking people would stop in the middle of the race to take selfies and pictures with the trees. GUYS MOVE! Ridiculous.

I had to walk a bit here and there. Sometimes it was because people were blocking the way, others because I couldn’t breathe. At one point I walked with a new friend when she was suffering from sore feet. Another point I stopped when I caught up with another new friend who was waiting for others in the group.

IMG_3129 She wanted a picture.. and here it is!! WITH the cherry blossoms in the background.

Unfortunately, every time i tried to take a picture, my Nike+Runners would pause without indication. I would start running and a few moments later hear “you are resuming your workout”. WHAT!? #damnitnike

IMG_3135Anyway, I finished the 5K somewhere between 32:14-37:00ish  It depends on the Nike+ timer. Plus, there was an extra .5km added at the end which is stupid.

After, we all went to the free beer and makgeoli tents and had our fill. IMG_3143

 

IMG_3137 My medal!     IMG_3141  Soju mascot. He was happy.

 

Packages packages

This week has been full of packages!
On Monday I got my package with my race number, booklet, and granny pack for my first 5K in Gyeongju Cherry Marathon.

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Then my brother and Dad sent me a package with 4 boxes of matzo ball mix, one box of matzo, and 4 sports bras!

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And THEN my awesome friend Adam sent me a random package!! It included two boxes of matzo ball mix, PB m&ms, a mix CD, a sweet CD called Evelyn Evelyn, a Hollywood tshirt,a book of poems, and Shakespeare’s Star Wars
And a handwritten typed letter 🙂

All in all if say this was a great week of big packages 😉

Thank you everyone for your care packages!! You a rock!!

Dreading a 5K

 

I tried this ‘inspire me’ button today. And the following question is what came up:

“Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?”

 

Interestingly, I was going to write about stress. However, I do have something that I am pretty nervous about:

my first 5K.

I’m aware that hundreds of thousands of millions of people run more than this on a daily basis. But I’m not a runner. I’m a dancer. I can dance for hours! Running is bleh to me. But I was inspired by many new friends to start a running regime. I started training for the 5K back in november. I was doing great until I left for the States for a week.. and then had visitors and people crashing at my house for a month after. I started running again and registered for The Cherry Blossom Marathon (5K) in Gyeongju, South Korea. What better inspiration than to imagine myself frolicking through the beautiful pink flowers as they fall around me?

So I train. And I’ve been training. But I’ve been training in a gym on a treadmill. I had my furthest, fastest run last week. Then on the weekend, I decided it was a beautiful enough day that I would go for a 5K jog along the river. 

Geee-zuz. The wind was blowing, the children on little motorized cars were driving, the stupid little dogs were barking, the bike riders were flying past me, and the silly families and old people who insisted on walking next to each other blocked my path. How frustrating! I ran the first K pretty good. … and then I walked. And I ran and then walked a lot more. And more. And tried to run and started walking again. It was as if my feet were filled with cement! My self-diagnosed asthma was kicking in. I had just gotten new running shoes and I would love to blame those for my inability to run, but I know better. I only have myself to blame. Nike + runner was trying to give me an encouraging “Congratulations! You ran your longest run!”… aka: “You ran your slowest run!” 40 minutes to do 5K. I’m sure that’s not bad since it used to take me 20 minutes to run a mile 🙂

However, I was disappointed. I was discouraged. I still am. This was 5 days ago and I haven’t run since. My 5K is in 10 days. I literally wake up thinking about it and my lungs tighten up. I’m really anxious about this. 

I want to run in the gym. I like it there. No distractions, good music, forced running at a consistent speed, and definitely no tripping or falling. 

But I need to bite the bullet and do what I signed up to do. Tomorrow I will wake up earlier than I have been and run outside on the pavement like a normal runner. And hopefully, next week I will wake up at 7am (ZOMG!!!!) and run. Because that stupid race starts at 8am and I need to get used to that. Maybe I will have a renewed energy. But I need coffee before a good run. I need that extra push. And I definitely can’t run WITH anyone because I’ll end up talking or embarrassing myself at how bad I am. 

 

5K – 1; Shannon – 0.

I’ll let you know the results of the 5k in 10 days. Wish me luck. 

Resolutions Update!

It has been just over two months since New Years. I think it’s time to let you all know how my resolutions are holding up.

The top resolution is the original, the bottom is the update.

2 – The minimum amount of new countries I will visit (Taiwan and Japan)
***1/2- I visited Japan for 3 days***

0 – My goal for a credit card statement.
***…working on it still.***

1 –  attempt a 5K
***I am proud to announce that I have registered for my first 5K on April 6th. I will be running in Korea’s Cherry Blossom Marathon —the 5K version***

4 – days a week of working out… (unless I can make it more.)

***embarrassed to admit my lack of working out. now that i have no more visitors or vacations, I fully intend on refueling this resolution***

20 – have sex at least this much (it was a bad couple of years) note: this does not necessarily mean with different people!! i’m not that much of a whore (maybe)!
***4/20 – ;)***

14 – lbs to be lost by 2015
***4/14lbs****

201 – times I talk to my family
***i have lost count, but i’m doing ok!***

2-14 – Run two miles in 14 minutes ((I’m a really bad runner))
***let’s work on just running one mile***

2014 – smiles (hypothetically)
***the ’20’ resolution is helping***

So it seems health and fitness is what I will focus on this year. Look good, feel good.

Cto5K: Week 7 completed – with a record

Today was a “record breaking” day for me.

After yesterday’s horrible attempt at running (literally couldn’t run for longer than a half mile), I decided today was going to make up for it!

First thing I realized: I require a cup of coffee in order to have a successful run. Maybe one day that will change, but every day that I have not had coffee, I have a shit run.

Today I had my cup of coffee and braced the cold. I reset the calibration on Nike + Runner so my run was bit more accurate.

I walked for .2 mi @6.0km/hr then ran @7.7km/h to complete the first mile. I did this for 3 miles total. The last .25mile I ran at 8.3km/h. It was so hard. But I felt so good after.

I completed 3.15miles aka my first 5K in 35 minutes. I’m pretty sure a minute of that was me trying to figure out how to turn off the Nike+Runner app.

Either way, I feel pretty good about myself today. I have only 3 more days of Couch to 5K training. It’s pretty much just running straight from here, but I have a few new goals.

1. Actually run the 5K straight.

2. Eventually, run 2 miles in 14 minutes. ((that’s a long way from now, but it is a goal))

Today, I averaged 11:25/mile . I’m pretty sure that this is because I walked for .2miles each mile.

🙂

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