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.

 

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. 

Week 7: Cto5K

I start week 7 today. It’s asking me to jog 2.5 miles without walking. U still can’t jog 1 mile without walking. But it’s my goal for today. At least 1 mile straight.
The scale hasn’t changed it’s mind on my weight. My clothes haven’t budged either. I know it takes time and a diet shift is in order but I’m getting impatient. I was hoping to be down a size by the wedding in less than month.
I write this on my way to the gym. Here I am and here I go. Wish me luck.

Couch to 5K

My friends run. I don’t. I dance. Ask me to run and I can do a quick dash but I cannot go for longer than a minute. maybe. But my friends run. And some family members started to run. And the skinny people all run. After seeing a noticeable transformation in all of these people, I decided to take on the challenge. My friend mentioned an app called ‘Couch to 5K.’ It’s a 5K trainer that trains for 30min/day x3/week. The first few weeks are okay. Running for a minute, walking for 2 repeat. . . Then week 4 started… Jog for 3 min, walk 90sec, Jog for 5 min?????, walk for 2.5min repeat. Talk about lowering self esteem when ya can’t run for 5 minutes. But then I started week 5. Yesterday I started week 5. . .

“Brisk 5 min walk (warmup), jog for 3/4mile (or 8min), walk for 1/2mile (or 5 min), jog for 3/4 mile (or 8 min), walk for 5 min cooldown”

BLAH!? 8 min?? Here’s the sad part. I converted the 3/4mile to the km that my treadmill insists on. 3/4mile = 1.2km. I started running at .48km and after 8 min I was barely at 1.2km. . . I was supposed to be at 1.7km! I have noticed the timer on my phone goes faster than the timer on the treadmill. I could start my 30min app 3 minutes after the treadmill timer starts and still be finished 10 seconds before the 30 minutes is up on the treadmill. This makes me wonder if I’m getting accurate information. Today, I am supposed to be doing Week 5: Day 2. . . which suddenly asks me to jog for 20 BLOODY MINUTES!!!! What a dick. This app is a jerk. Will I do it? ((long thoughtful pause))… I guess so. I will try. I will probably not make it the full 20 minutes since I couldn’t run the full 8 minutes yesterday, but I will try!! And my friend is with me and that should hopefully be good motivation. Today will be different. I will download the Nike +Running App and see my true results.

 

 

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