Last weekend was the longest run practice for San Diego Rock & Roll runners on our team. Our schedule called for 270 minutes. For those who can’t convert fast enough, I’ll make it easier to you. It’s FOUR HOURS and HALF. On your feet. Moving.
I ran longer than that before, distance and time. However, I still had butterfly in my stomach before my (very) long run. Am I going to make it? Can I run that long? How my body is going to do? Am I going to have ‘bathroom’ problem? Is there a bathroom in the trail?
Yeah, I drove myself crazy sometimes with those thought but I always thought it’s good for me to still questions those. It keep me grounded and humbled and respect the distance (time). To be able to do this is a privilege. I don’t take it for granted. I cherish the moment and the ability for me to do this.
My weekday scheduled called for 60 minutes on Tues, 40 mins on Wed and 60 minutes on Thursday. I ran in the morning on Tuesday before work and I actually enjoyed that a lot. The 50 degrees, blue sky and sunshine morning might have a lot of things to do with it. I ran at my favorite trail at Snoqualmie with my puppy, 30 mins west and back. I rocked the run and recorded the fastest 5 miles I ran in a very, very long time
For Wednesday — I went out in the afternoon after work. I didn’t feel like going to the trail, so I ran around the neighborhood instead. It was glorious afternoon, as the sun made the mountain glow. It’s a wee bit warm for my taste, but there was a lot of breeze. I did a nice slow 5k and enjoy every moment of it.
Thursday – I skipped my run. I walked instead for an hour around my office. And no, not because I can’t run. It’s because — well, I just did my hair and didn’t feel like my pretty-all-stylish-ready-to-go-out hair would get sweat all over it if I run. Coaches — I’m sure you understand, yes? Girl have priority here.
I woke up around 6am and felt really tired. No, not because I didn’t get enough sleep. It’s the side effect from the treatment that I’m going through. I felt my head throbbed. Durnnit, I said. I was about to move my backside for 270 minutes and this just ruined it. This new treatment of mine, as good as a result that I have it now, could really made my day turn from cool to awful within minutes. Everyday is like a box of chocolate, you never know what kind that you are going to get. A good day? A so-so day? Or awful day?
I moved very slowly, put on my running clothes that I put out the night before and get ready. I took a couple advil and ate my pre-run breakfast (toasted english muffin + peanut butter + honey + banana) and headed out. We got to the trail just in time for the team to gather and listened to the coaches. Our run that day was limited to 20 miles, or 270 minutes. Whichever comes first. It’s a bow-tie route at Burke-Gilman Trail. We started at Matthew Beach and head south towards University of Washington for a quarter of our time/distance, turn around and back to the start and head north to do the same. First 10 miles actually went really fast. I did a quick stop for bathroom at Silver Cloud hotel (yes, they let us use their restroom). It was getting really warm and I was so happy that I had a chance to splash cold water in my face.
The second half of the run started to get a little difficult. Not because my feet are sore or it’s hot, but my head just hurts and I’m getting fatigued. Fast. My body was reacting to the medicine that I took differently that day. I slowed down my pace and grind through it. One of my coach ran with me for the last 6 miles and boy, I was thankful for him. It kept me focus and moving forward. Around mile 18, I started to wheeze. Durnit, I said. Not again. My asthma been acting up a lot lately, like I need yet another medical condition to deal with. I shorten out my run/walk ratio down to 2-1 from 5-1 and even skipped the run part a few times, which seems to help.
Four hours and a half later, I clocked in 20.29 miles. Not my best run, but considering all the things that I had to deal with since the morning, I think I deserve a pat in the back. Having my teammate cheered me at the end, high-fived and hugged made me teary eyes. THIS, this is what it’s all about. I love my team, my fellow runners. We are connected with the same cause and the same passion.
Shortly after the run, I plunged myself at Lake Washington. Submerged my body from hip down to a very, very cold lake water. It felt SO cold but I know my muscles would thank me later
I had an overwhelming response last week on my birthday. I asked a lot of people to donate and help me reach my goal, and I did. I’m at $5,430! However, don’t let the limit stop you for contributing to this awesome cause. Every dollar matter and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Please visit my online fundraising page at http://pledge.yannirobel.com
Wow. I am totally lame. I haven’t update this blog since January! I have totally no excuse other than I have not make this as a priority and that’s kinda lame. The most important part of my training is to have accountability. I need to publicly announced my next race, blog my training progress (or complaint), record my success (or delayed success — I don’t like to word failure) and hopefully inspire others along the way and I failed miserably on that part.
However, better late than never, so here goes an update.
I’m going to run another marathon. Yes. I broke my ‘I can only do one marathon a year’ rule. On June 2nd, I will be at San Diego Rock & Roll with my Team in Training people and will give my best so I can yet cross another finish for 26.2 miles of crazy. Wait, that’s not all — on June 22nd, I will be standing at the start line and will run/walk/crawl my way to the finish like for Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon. That’s right, marathon and half (again), but this time at least, they are separated by three weeks!
But Yanni, why in the world you do these (crazy) runs, you might ask.
Well, I could come with lists of reasons but there’s one that always stand out for me. BECAUSE I CAN.
See, I know so many people that are not fortunate enough to be able to run, let alone do any marathon. Not because they don’t want to train or put an effort, but because they are physically cannot do that or being constraint with cancer and its awful fallout from it. I am SO lucky and fortunate that even with my own physical limitation, and believe me, I have many of those — I am still able to do this. I am able to put hundreds of miles of training run and give my best and more to complete the challenge of marathon/half-marathon. Every time I cross the finish line, I am being reminded of how lucky I am to be able to do this. It really humble me and THAT make me want to do the race over and over again. The fact that I am part of Team in Training and help Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise money to end blood cancer and give the blood cancer survivor a hope, that just make the whole thing even worthwhile. It hit so close to home, their missions and what they do and I will do many, many races with them in the future
I lost my father last Wednesday (4/24) to a sudden heart attack. I have somewhat complicated relationship with him and it really hit me hard. It really make me realize more than I already believe that life is SO short and you just never know when it’s your time to go. Make the time to chase your dream. Always hug your loved ones, and tell them you love them and smile often. Set a goal that seems so far away and work your way, chunk by chunk towards it. This goes for everything, not just running a marathon/half. The sense of accomplishment you experience when you reach that goal is far greater and so worth it than any struggle you have during it. Trust me on this, I’ve been there, done that!
I will try to do weekly update starting next week, including my training plan. For now, I’m just going to summarize what I’ve done so far.
I started my training for these events on Feb 8. Summer season for TNT kicked off at Feb 1 which was a week after my Tinker Bell Half Marathon (yes, I did that one too AFTER Goofy Challenge. Sorry for lack of update). I attended the kick off party, but chose to skip the run and give myself a break.
Fast forward for today, I did 18.02 miles earlier (220 minutes — yes, that’s 3 hours 40 mins). TNT training plan is using time based, not mileage based. This season is the first time that I actually am being a stickler on following it and I love it! It’s about the time on your feet and you have less pressure to do certain miles when you are not feeling your best.
Weather was nice breezy 50 degrees all morning with absolutely no rain. It was awesome. I had such a great run! My pace was steady (and slow) and I was doing great until around mile 13. I hit the wall. YES. The WALL. I struggled with it, and tried to asses if I actually feel physical pain that raised a red flag, but I knew it’s all mental. I mentioned that to one of my coach who ran alongside me, and about a few minutes later, I heard my daughters screamed my name and held a sign that said ‘Happy Birthday, Go Mama Go” and my heart just melted! That was exactly what I need!! That gave me enough boost for another 5 miles and finished my run today! As a bonus, my husband and my daughters saw me again at mile 16 and my daughters ran the last 2 miles with me! Now, if only I can have that during the race…. (not going to happen, I know)
In overall, even with ‘hit the wall’ feeling, I had great run and very pleased with it. In fact, when I looked at my running app that tracked all my runs, this is the ‘fastest’ 18-miles I ever did (compare the previous 18-miler I did). Not too shabby!
Tomorrow, I’ll have to do 40 minutes recovery run. Will try to do that earlier in the day as supposed to the later.
I am so blessed that I know so many generous people! To date, I have raised $5,160.00!! In fact, I raised over $700 in the last hour (I asked so many people that in lieu for birthday gift, to donate to my fundraising and boy, did that work wonderfully). Thank you SO very much!! For you who want to be part for this awesome fight against blood cancer, you can join me by donating online at http://pledge.yannirobel.com. I will do all the running and you’ll just skip a latte or two.
I will end this post with so much gratitude. I feel so blessed. What a wonderful birthday and here’s to many, many years of health, strength, perseverance (okay, stubbornness), success, joy and lots of love. Thank you for being part of making my day awesome!
I am sitting here at the airplane on my way home to Seattle, with very sore feet, couple blister on my pinkie toes, and the biggest grin on my face.
I just completed 39.3 miles in two days. That’s THIRTY NINE POINT THREE miles. Half marathon and full marathon, back to back.
That’s a milestone that I can’t even comprehend a few months ago. Let me give you some background story for those who don’t know. Last September, I had to endure three weeks of radiation treatment to battle pesky little cells that took over my body shortly after I signed up with Team in Training for the winter season of Goofy Challenge. I was bummed and disappointed, but I didn’t let that discourage me. In fact, I looked at it as a challenge and determined to make it happened.
So I had it plan. I looked at my training schedule carefully and work with my doctor’s office to schedule the treatment. I was lucky that I have the luxury to do that. I did Disneyland Half Marathon a weekend prior the treatment and started my first round the Tuesday after for three weeks. It was brutal. It did wonder to my muscle, to my body and most importantly, to my mind. I started to doubt myself and unsure that I am going to be able to do that. I was so tired and fatigued and I wasn’t able to eat. I lost 11lbs in three weeks, not in a healthy way. I was weak, and I had a hard time to even walk, let alone run.
I am so grateful that I am surrounded by people who constantly lift my spirit up. There are so many prayers, support, people rallied together to bring my family meals, encouraging notes and slowly but sure, my stubbornness were back. I started to focus my mind to this race. It was my distraction. Whenever I felt really down, I imagined myself crossing the finish line and I picked myself up. I forced myself to be out in the trail and just be there. There were days that I can only walked for a very short time due to fatigued but I kept coming back to the trail until the end of the treatment.
That was 15 weeks ago.
Today, I looked back and can’t help but getting so emotional about the whole thing. I have won, and this is why I run.
I run because I can, and I run for those who can no longer run because they are no longer with us (Tyler and Dawn, this is for you) or they faced serious health challenge that prevent them from doing so (Tom, this is also for you)
Someday is today.
Half Marathon Recap
My husband woke me up at 2am EST. It was brutal because of the time different. We were told to meet at the lobby at 3am and head out to the bus together with the Team In Training group. By 4am, we were hanging out by the bag check tent to have last minute gathering. Our coaches kept reminding us to hydrate and pace ourselves well due to the heat. My teammate, Tim, and I are in the same corral and we agreed to stay together and did 2:30/1 run-walk ratio. The gun went off at 6:03am and off we went. The first 5 miles went by so quickly. We were very conservative and pace ourselves well. We got to Magic Kingdom about an hour or so after we started and I saw my husband right in front of the castle. I literally leaped on his arm and gave him a hug.
We stopped for a few pictures and ran around the Magic Kingdom. There were so many people that cheered us and it was a lot of fun. I stopped in every water station and took at least one cup of water and one cup of PowerAde.
Around 7:30am – the sun was up and I could feel the heat was rising. It was really, really hot. The air was thick and it was very humid. We slow our pace a bit but kept the same ratio. Tim and I entertained each other throughout the course and before we knew it, we crossed the finish line.
I was dancing away as I crossed the finish line and high-fived Donald. It took me 3:03 to finish but it was exactly where I want it to be due to the heat.
I got my medal, head out to the race retreat tent and met my husband there. I hung out there for a while and ate before we hopped back at the resort. I took the ice bath, stretched and napped. It was a good day!
Second days in a row to be woken up at 2am really did wonder to my mood. I was cranky. I wasn’t happy and the blister on my pinky toes from yesterday’s run wasn’t really a big help either. I slowly got myself ready and hopped on the bus.
It was already humid when I was waiting at my corral. Tim and I agreed that we were going to stick together again and even did a bit lower pace from the beginning. I can feel the thick air and it was really, really warm at 5:30am.
The first five miles went by fairly quick as well. I was drenched in sweat when I saw my husband in front of the Magic Kingdom castle again. I leaped to his arm (again) and kept on running. We took 10 minutes bathroom stop at Magic Kingdom for Tim as he wasn’t feeling all too well and I waited for him. We took a few more pictures with the character throughout the park and kept on going.
Shortly before we enter Animal Kingdom, it was my turn to take the bathroom break. The lines were so long, and I was drenched in sweat. I splashed the water on my face and felt better afterwards and continued to run.
There were a lot of runners that stopped and rode the Everest ride at Animal Kingdom but we decided not to do that, as I was afraid that I would get cramp if I sat down. Shortly after we left Animal Kingdom, I felt a sharp pain in my chest. I slowed down a bit and tried to figure out where the pain came from. Then, I breathed fast during my run which causes my chest to hurt even more. I slowed down even more and eventually I told Tim to go ahead. He didn’t want to leave me behind, but I knew it at the time that I might have to walk the rest of the course so he took off.
After Tim and I split, I walked for 15 minutes or so and my chest felt better so I started to run again, but the pain came back so I finally stopped at the medical tent around mile 18. I had a suspicion on what caused my pain, but I wanted someone to confirm it. I told the nice lady at the medical tent that I had ‘congested chest’ (way to play it down, I know) and she gave me a very cold bottle of water, and grabbed her statoscope and listened to my chest and told me that she heard crackled and suspected fluid in my lungs. She also suspected that my ‘congested chest’ might turn into pneumonia and told me that I should probably go to the hospital so they can order an x-ray for further observation. I politely told her that I don’t want to and when she went to get something at the other side of the tent, I quietly got up and walked away.
That was exactly what I suspected. See, I had fluid in my lung cavity so many times as that was one of the side effects of my medication and went through the whole routine more than I want to count. My body usually re-absorbs the fluid by itself. In a few occasions that it didn’t, I had to undergo some procedures to drain the fluid. I didn’t want to go to the hospital during the race and I had 8 miles to go. However, I knew that running is no longer an option because of this. So, yes, I was being stubborn, but I was within my boundaries (yes, this is me justifying my action – stop judging me)
I stopped at the next medical tent and took a couple Tylenol and kept on walking. I texted my husband and told him what’s going on and told him that I was no longer running. He told me that he love me and I kept on walking.
At mile 20, I started to get a bit worry about time because I knew that the sweeper would pick the runners up as they were closing the course. I knew that I need to get to Hollywood Studio. It was safe zone for all the runners because you were not going to get picked up anymore.
I looked at my watch, and I saw the 7:00 pacer run past me. I decided to follow them. They were doing 40/30 run-walk ratio. It was very conservative, and I didn’t feel as much pain so I followed them. I got to Hollywood Studio and was so relieved. I made it thus far! I was safe! I dropped out from the 7:00 pacer group and started to walk again. There were so many people cheered us inside the park and that lifted my spirit quite a bit. The tweets from all my friends (thank you so very much for that, by the way) were a HUGE moral boost. I was exhausted at that point. The bottoms of my feet were very, very sore and I just wanted to be done.
My husband was waiting for me by the boardwalk, which was a short walk after Hollywood Studio. I spotted him as soon as I crossed the bridge and I started to cry. I was so emotional and I was really, really tired. He walked with me until the end of the boardwalk and I entered Epcot area and spotted my two coaches, Siri and Nadine. They walked with me throughout the Epcot and all the way to the mile 26 which I broke down into tears again with both of them on my side. I took a deep breath, and started to run the last 0.2 miles towards the finish line. 7 hours and 25 minutes later, I crossed the finish line. I walked towards one of the volunteer who gave me the Mickey medal and proceed to the Goofy tent to get my Goofy medal.
I could care less about how long it took for me to finish it. I FINISHED.
I texted my husband to meet me at the race retreat tent and as soon as I saw him, I leaped into his arm and I lost it. I was bawling in his arm. I made it. I did something awesome. I overcome my challenge and did it with the flying color.
Thank you SO very much for those who constantly cheer me throughout my race. I had so many tweets and Facebook messages that in some point, it actually overtook my music. It was epic. I love it and it helped me tremendously. There were so many of you to list here but you know who you are and I know who you are. I am very grateful to have that much support and full with gratitude. This is something that I will never take for granted.
If you read all the way here, I hope that I inspire you to dream big and live your life to the fullest. I hope that I inspire you to overcome whatever challenge you have in front of you by perseverance and commitment to success. The only thing that stands between you and your goal is yourself.
Dream big. Smile often. Make a difference. Know that YOU can accomplish anything that you set your mind into.
Until the next race.
Wow. The day finally here. 6 months of training, a little over 500 miles and it all comes down to this weekend. It’s a race weekend!! I’m here sitting at the poolside of my resort, and having an emotional moment when I look back from the beginning of the time when I committed myself to do this race. The health challenge that I have to endure in the past six months, the outpouring support that I have from everybody and the determination that I have to get here are so huge and meant a lot to me. I won. Whatever happen tomorrow and Sunday, I have won. THAT meant the world to me.
I get even emotional when I look a bit further when I decided to buy a pair of running shoes and did my first run. It was August 2, 2011. By the end of that first miles when I went out and run for the first time, I become a runner. 18 months later — I finished 3 (three) 10K races, 4 (four) Half-marathon and 1 (one) full marathon. By Sunday, I (hopefully) will finish another half AND full marathon.
I have many people asked me “Are you ready”? Well, I am as ready as I can be. My last long run is 22 miles and I felt great. I did my training the best I can, despite of the health challenge, awful treatment that I have to endure, injury and illness — I made it here. I am ready.
I have a long list of people to thank you. A very, very long list. It start with my husband, John, who constantly support me and challenge me. He rode his bike with me during my training run, in cold and rain, heat and sunshine and drove me to every single one of my team practice run and wait patiently until I was done. He kept me focus during my treatment to my goal and constantly reminded me that I am bigger than my challenge. He’s my biggest supporter and I love him dearly. My two daughters, who are my biggest cheerleaders and waited for me on the finish line of my races with the biggest smile (I miss them dearly this weekend as they are not coming with me to the race weekend) and my friends, from the Team and Training runners, coaches and mentors, to my SQLFamily, a technical community that I am so proudly belong to, who kept me on my toes and held me accountable with my commitment when I really, really don’t want to go out and running.
Special thank you for those who believe in my cause and donate to my fundraising. Your donation made a different. I am a living proof of what the Leukemia and Lymphoma Socienty can do. They funded research for clinical trial for future cure and one of those medicine is the one that made it possible for me to do all this challenge.
My corporate sponsor, LobsterPot Solutions and InfoAdvisors, for Rob Farley and Karen Lopez for generously sponsor me for this run. You both are not only my corporate sponsor, but my great friends and I appreciate your generosity very much. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
For those who want to get a live tracking of my race, you can register your email/phone number via the runner tracking tools here. Just put my name and it will pull my registration. My bib number is 25892. The other way to support me during the race is by following me at Twitter (@YanniRobel) or if you are my Facebook friends, you can keep an eye of my wall status. I will run with my phone that will have both runmeter and runtastic app with me. Runmeter app will post my mileage every 2 miles and every tweet and facebook message you send me will be read to me via my phone. So tweet me, message me, tell me I’m awesome and I kick some butt, and tell me especially after mile 18 or so that I can do this. That I have done so much and so far that I will finish this race(s) because I probably will question myself. Runtastic app will give you a live map of my course, and the exact position of where I will be. You have to watch out for that link on my twitter stream though to see it.
Prayers are always welcome as I will always need it for my strength and injury-free race.
This is it, people. It’s game time.
Wow. I’m a major slacker. No, not in the running front cause I’ve been running and training and running and more running to prepare myself for this race. It’s documenting my training. It’s updating this blog. I’m big slacker for that.
A lot of things happen since, well, week 9. I was facing with serious health challenge, took some serious time and did serious thing to battle it, came out okay and still standing, kept on running, drove 14 hours to San Francisco to run half-marathon with my good friends, twisted my ankle (again), ran 10k, and managed to ran 159 miles in the month of December!
I did my longest run last Saturday. TWENTY TWO miles of awesome. I felt great the entire time, did 2:30-1 run/walk and averaging at 12:10 pace. Not too shabby! That run just boast my confidence and I know I can do this.
This week and next are my taper week. I will still have 30 miles schedule between last Sunday and Sat (yes, that’s taper week) but no more long, long run. This Saturday we’ll only have to do a short 7-miler. See what I did there? I just called 7-miles run as a short run. Heh
Well, I’m excited. Above are the medals for the race. The donald is for half marathon, the mickey is for marathon and the goofy, well, it’s only if you complete both.
On the fundraising front — I’m still short for my goal. For those who want to support me (run with me in spirit), I welcome you to join me via my fundraising site: http://tinyurl.com/GoodyChallenge
NINE DAYS to the first race!
Week 9 Recap:
What a week! It’s a vacation week at Disneyland as well as my half-marathon! Even though I skip one of my mid-week run, I didn’t feel like I’m slacking off due to many miles of walking I did around the park. The race itself was a lot of fun! It was Disney race after all, so you know that they were going all out to make sure the runners had a great time.
9 weeks down, 19 weeks to go!
Plan for this week
Tues: Run for 45 minutes
Thur: Run for 45 minutes
Sun: Half Marathon!
Drew and I met up after work for a quick run. She took me to a different trail this time, which turn out to be the same trail that I ran every week, it just more east. I didn’t feel too hot as I had cramp and my stomach was giving me all kind of grief but I ran anyway. I kept up with her for the first 20 minutes and I told her to ran without me as I just need to run slower than normal and took more walk break. I finished 3.16 in 40 minutes.
I skipped the run, but I walked around at Disneyland Park all day. My fitbit indicated that I walked for 8 miles so I was calling it good
Race day! I woke up at 3:30am and was having major abdominal cramp. I was not happy camper and really didn’t want to get up and move. I slowly got up and put my running gear on, ate breakfast and head out. Our hotel located 5 minutes from the start line, which was awesome. I met Kendra, Brent and Ben at the corral. After the usual ‘before race’ photo, and it’s our corral turn to start.
First 6 miles went by fast and I was having a great time. I paced myself really well and felt strong. The sun started to rise and it got really warm, really fast. I slowed down a bit due to my cramp and the warm weather, plus it was really, really crowded in some area of the course. Disney always organized an awesome race. There’s a lot of supporter, cast member, cheer leaders and you will get more high-five during this race than you can even imagined!
I saw my husband and my girls standing on the bleacher with their signs and cowbell shortly before the finish line. It was SO awesome to see them and my girls was smiling cheek-t0-cheek! I crossed the finish line shortly after, felt strong and happy. I PR’ed my last half on the same course by12 minutes!! It was an awesome day and absolutely a fun race!
I hit $6,000! This is so awesome and I am just amazed on how generous people are! I’m not done yet, and visit my fundraising page for more info at http://tinyurl.com/GoofyChallenge
Week 8 Recap
What an awesome week! After kinda lame week last week, I could not as for a better week! I felt strong in all of my run and felt like I’m getting better and better (thanks for the running partner who pace me!). I do really need to incorporate strength training and cross training on my schedule or doing tempo/hill run (ick). I’m going to try to start that after my half-marathon next week.
8 weeks down, 20 weeks to go!
Plan for this week
Tues: Run for 45 minutes
Thur: Run for 45 minutes
Sat: 12 Miles
My new running buddy, Drew, and I went out to the trail around 6:30pm. We started from the east part of the trail at Snoqualmie and run west to Fall City. I had an awesome run! Drew paced me really well, and boy, that girl run fast! It made me run faster than normal and I wasn’t huffing and puffing. That definitely is a confident boost for me! I did 4.14 miles in 45:20
Another date-run with Drew. We did the same thing like last Tuesday, just a shorter distance. She totally kick my behind, and I was trying to keep up with her which made me run faster again. It was awesome. We did 3.16 miles in 33:16.
Another 12 miler! I started at the east side of the trail again at Snoqualmie and plan to run west for entire 12 miles. I felt good and felt strong from the beginning. The first 3 miles went by so quick! Drew and Elysia joined me at the mile 3 and we ran together for a couple miles as Elysia need to turn around. Drew kept running with me and she continued to pace me (you are so awesome!) and patiently take a walk break with me. She stopped at miles 10 and wait our car and I continued to run another couple miles with my husband next to me on his bike. It was so great to be able to do the long run with friends and love one! I finished my 12 miles in 2:23.
Wow. This week, I have total $1,200 in donation! Thank you for those who donated!! I appreciated that very much!! If you are interested and want to donate, please visit my fundraising page at http://tinyurl.com/GoofyChallenge
Week 7 Recap:
I feel like a slacker this week. I skipped my Tues, and Thu run, and replace it with mid week run (Wed). I have no excuse. I mean, yes, the weather been super warm but consider with what the rest of the country experienced, our weather was NOT that bad. Anyway – it wasn’t my best week but I am moving on and aim for better next week. That’s all we can do, right?
Plan for this week
Tues: Run for 45 minutes
Thur: Run for 45 minutes
Sat: 10k Race!
I skipped the run. Yes, it’s lame – I know but life happens.
I made up yesterday’s lameness and went out for an evening run around the neighborhood. I did really well actually, considering it was pretty warm outside even in the evening. Finished 4.04 miles in 47 minutes
Skipping run again. Sigh. What can I say, sometimes things weren’t working the way I want it to be. Let’s stick with that.
10k race! It’s a neighborhood 10k race and it was a lot of fun! My girls were running kid’s 1k race and I was so proud to see my little runner. I want my girls love running the way I do, and they seems to have a lot of fun! Their race started at 8:45am and I ran with both of them as my warm up and was ready to roll at the start line by 9am.
It was a warm morning, and there was about a few hundreds runners. I started strong and kept my pace pretty even the entire time. However, this is a fast race – or should I say, everyone that ran this race is a fast runner because even though I broke my PR by 90 minutes on the same race/course from last year, and I did really well – I was the 5th person from the last to cross the finish line! My Nike app said I did 6.52 in 1:14. Not to shabby!
I am surrounded by so many generous people! Wow! I am really speechless to see my fundraising page that keep climbing up! Keep it up, and I appreciate every one of you who support me! http://tinyurl.com/GoofyChallenge
Week 6 Recap
It’s been six week! Wow! Time flies and I know that I am stronger today than I was when I start this journey. I had great week with great runs. Can’t complaint at all. I did my 12-miler, and I was not feeling out of it afterwards. With everything else that is going on with my health in general, I am very, very happy with where I am at today. I’m not a fast runner by any means, but I am proud with my accomplishment so far!
Plan for this week
Tues: Run for 45 minutes
Thu: Run for 45 minutes
Sat: Run for 12 miles
I felt somewhat antsy and I couldn’t wait to go out for a run when I got home. The husband and I was on the trail shortly after we got home from work. I had a great run and finish 5.01 miles in 1:02. Not too bad
We left a bit early from work and hit the trail as soon as we get home. Another awesome run in the book. I did 4 miles in 49.:13 and didn’t feel even tired afterwards. I hope that’s a sign that I’m getting better at this!
It’s the husband’s birthday, and of course, he have to be different and asked me to run my 12 miles on his birthday instead of yesterday. Today is also Nike’s ‘Run your town’ challenge, so I told him yes. We went to church as normal, and when we got home, it was a really hot day… like 90 degrees hot and I was just not up for running 12 miles on that! So we waited, and waited and waited. I almost didn’t go, but promise is a promise, and I was not about to bailed on the husband’s birthday present so I went out at 9pm. Yes, that’s PM. It took me 2:07 minutes for completing 12 miles and surprisingly, I felt really great after!
Well, you know this is coming. I decided to join Team In Training again for my upcoming Goofy Challenge race. If you don’t know who are they, go ahead and click the link and read up on them. I’ll wait.
Done? Good. They are part of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which is a wonderful organization that really dear to my heart and people at Team in Training are absolutely fantastic. They created you a training program, schedule training run, assign running coach for you, and the spirit of the team within the program is incredible
Week 5 Recap:
I didn’t follow the plan this week. I missed a run and didn’t bother to make it up. Lame, I know. There were no excuse as I could’ve gone to the (air-conditioner) gym at the hotel and did at least 30 minutes as supposed to glue my bottom to the couch at the hotel room. I am not too happy with myself at the moment, however, I also am not going wallow about it. It’s in the past. Hakuna Matata.
One thing that I realized this week though, I definitely stronger and better. My pace is slowly increase and I am no longer huffing and puffing the entire run (only in the first 10 mins as my muscle and the rest of me warms up). This part made me so happy.
5 weeks down, 23 weeks to go!
Plan for this week:
Tues: Run for 45 minutes
Thu: Run for 45 minutes
Sat: Run for 6 miles
I felt like kaka and didn’t really want to get out, but I did it anyway. I went to the gym and tried to put in 45 minutes, however, I can’t seem to get my rhythm. Everything off, so after a half hour or so — I gave up and stopped. I put it 2.7 miles in 30 minutes
I arrived at Chicago around 7pm and was really surprised on how hot it was. It’s not only the heat, it’s the humidity. I believed the temperature was hovering between 95-98 degrees at 9pm with (or so it felt) 100% humidity. I quickly surrendered with the weather and decided to hang out at our air-conditioner hotel room instead. Lame, I know.
It was too chaotic to run on Saturday, the day we came back after our trip, so I did my run on Sunday. We dropped the girls at grandma-camp, and head out on the trail. I have to note here that it was HOT. It wasn’t as humid as Chicago, but it was very warm. I struggled the first couple miles due to the heat and had to take sip of water every walk break but I finished the distance and more. 7.5 miles in 1 hour 27 mins. Not too shabby