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42k – LOST Finale


I’ve completed the Get LOST in Running Virutal Race Series!

The number 42 is the last in the series of numbers on Hurley’s lottery ticket from the TV series LOST. The numbers reoccur often in the series…

LOST lotto

Thus, it is the last race of the series. Or is it?! Joe, who has been running the Get LOST in Running Virtual Races {as well as sending out some pretty awesome medals after completing each station!} may be extending it. After all, there are ten Dharama Initiative Stations on The Island, not just six. πŸ˜‰

In any case, here are my results of the first 5 stations I completed in accordance with my Walking Program:

Station 1 – the Arrow 4k and Station 2 – the Hydra 8k

Station 3 – the Swan 15k

Station 4 – the Flame 16k

Station 5 – the Pearl 23k

With Station 5 and Station 6, I split up the distances across many days to complete them. This “final” segment took me a while to finish. When it came to Station 6: TheΒ  Orchid 42k, I originally challenged myself to complete it while on vacation. Unfortunately, I only walked two of the days, completing only 15.3km on vacation.

But I don’t regret it. I stayed active. We rode bikes, paddle-boated, went swimming, walked the dogs… It was a summer family vacation of activity! When I returned home, I reconfigured my plan to complete and finish all 42k by yesterday (Sunday). Why?

Because I’ve been cleared to slowly get back into running again!

Which means, my Couch to 5k program begins today!


Here’s how I completed the LOST Station 6 – Orchid 42k:

Sun 6/30: – 7.65k – 1:13:10

photoThis was my first attempt to do a rigorous walk while on vacation. With the 42k, I was not counting leisurely walks or walking of the dogs. This had to be fitness walking only! While my app indicates that I walked 11.05km, the actual distance around the lake and back is 7.65km, as I mapped out online. That’s the distance I’m going with. NO cheating here!

Mon 7/1: – 7.65k – 1:15:03

photoI took another walk around the lake and back. This time, RunKeeper was a bit more accurate showing I walked 8.28km. I’m still sticking with 7.65km. After that walk, I ceased to do any major walks on vacation. When I returned home, with the weather heating up, I opted to do a run or two on the treadmill.


Mon 7/8: – 1.17k + 6.11k = 7.28k – 1:12:35

These photos may be deceiving. While I was doing my walk, I meant to increase my speed but instead hit STOP at just 1.17 km. However, I started my timer on my iPhone at the very beginning and kept it running through both that walk and what I walked after that (in miles, shown above).


Mon 7/10: – 10k – 1:40:22 10k

I walked a 10k! Hey, if I can walk a 10k, I can surely sign up for and run one down the line, can’t I? I must say that overall, it went really well, I was a little sore, but not as bad as the one time in my life I ran 6 miles. My only problem this time was that I didn’t drink enough water before heading out. And I didn’t bring any with me. Getting really thirsty and dizzy around km 8 is not a good idea! I was nauseous for two hours after the walk.

Sat 7/13 – 5.03k – 50:00

Walk #5 TM
This was my last walk on the treadmill… But I was getting antsy to complete a 5k that day. So I did add a little bit of running in the mix here and there! The distance above is listed in miles.

Sun 7/14: –5k – ?

photo(1)Yesterday, I joined my friend Stacy and our Team Rainbow Bright to do the Color Run! I hadn’t intended on running the thing, but wanted to throw in a little bit of running here and there. Shawna encouraged us to run through the color! I completed my desire this year to do a Color Run. However, this event is not timed and I forgot to time it myself. So will you let me call it 50 minutes since it was a walk interrupted by a little bit of running?

Total Distance: 42.61km

Total Time: Approximately 7:01:10

Orchid Station 42k



Have you done a Color Run?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences to compare with mine!


How I Ran My First 5k with the Couch to 5k Program


Yeah, I need to write more on our trip to Ireland.

Teaser photo…

My husband says that he misses my Restaurant Impression posts. {I’m so behind!}

Patience, my friends.

My first order of business is just a follow up to yesterday’s post to Challenge Obesity.


If you’ve ever considered running a 5k, you’ve probably heard about the Couch to 5k program.

The premise is to help those who have never run before and those who are just out of shape to run a 5k race in approximately 8 to 9 weeks. I will readily admit that I’ve started and stopped this program several times before fully committing. When I did commit, I didn’t follow the program perfectly.


How the Couch to 5k Program Works

There are many different 5k training programs out there for beginners, but they are essentially the same. During the program, you “run” three times per week, with no two run days being consecutive. The first day starts out with more walking and a little bit of running, usually only a minute at a time. With each run day in the training program, the amount of time you run increases and the amount of time you walk decreases. You slowly build up your endurance.

Although this is only an 8 to 9 week program, if you are planning to Challenge Obesity with me on April 21, 2013, IΒ encourage you to start now. Why?

Because you have time to do so.

I was very nervous about running a 5k, so the sooner I started the better. And remember when I said that I didn’t follow the program perfectly? I recently looked back at my iPhone App to find out what days I used the program and was surprised to find this:

  • The first record on my iPhone App shows me starting the Couch to 5k program on April 7, 2011.
  • I quit after just four days of the doing the program. (Week 2, Day 1 was my last run.)
  • I re-started, not from the beginning, but at Week 2, Day 1 on August 11, 2011.
  • I quit again.
  • I re-started, not from the beginning, but at Week 2, Day 2 on September 4, 2011.
  • Then I did the program only about once or twice per week (not the three days scheduled) through October, still following the order of the plan.
  • It looks like in November of 2011 is when I got serious.
  • This is when I continued with the program, doing the slotted three run days per week. FINALLY!

I am not recommending that you utilize the program the way I did.

Actually, I highly recommend doing the program as planned for much better results! The point I’m really trying to illustrate is that I didn’t give up. In fact, I was the girl in elementary school who couldn’t run The Mile for the Presidential Physical Fitness Program in gym class. I was always one of the last to finish, walking across the finish line, embarrassed.

This time I persevered.

This just goes to show you that even if you aren’t fit or just don’t think of yourself as fit, it’s still possible!


What I Added to the Couch to 5k Program

Once I hit the “Run 30 minutes straight” mark on my program, the next run was 45 minutes. The following one was 60 minutes. I can’t tell you how much that terrified me! 30 minutes seemed hard enough.

Since I knew I still had some time before my first 5k, I did something a little different. I decided that I’d still run the three days per week, but increase the increment each time by one minute. In my mind, this felt more manageable. My thought process each run day went sort of like this, “If I could do 31 minutes last time, surely I can do 32 minutes this time!”

I played a lot of mind games like these to keep me going! Another thing I did was post on Facebook how many minutes I intended to do that day in order to hold myself accountable. I received overwhelming encouragement from friends and family members! While I often dreaded these “long” runs, I felt like I couldn’t let these people down. I would post when I had completed my minutes each time.

This was the best way for me to help keep me going!

I did this all the way up to running 60 minutes straight. Once I made it, I still couldn’t believe that I had run that long. It was hard, but I was proud. It didn’t matter how slow I was going, either. In fact, I’m still slower than the average runner. But that’s okay. Even though it’s hard not to compare ourselves with others, I’ve come to learn that it’s all about my own improvement.


Advanced Beginners 5k Training

At this point I still had time before my first 5k. So I found this Advanced Beginners 5k Training program. I’d highly recommend this for someone who has done the Couch to 5k Program already or who is getting back into running.

I ran my first 5k race on April 21, 2012 and have been continuously doing races ever since. Why running? If you want to know how and why I started click here. But I’ve continued because I’ve learned something. In the past when I began a workout regimen, it was way too easy to make excuses or to just say, “I don’t feel like it today.” With running, if I have a race in scheduled, I have to get my runs in for the week to build up my endurance in time for the race. I can’t just go out and run it! While the days I do my runs are pretty flexible, I just need to get them in each week.


Choosing a Couch to 5k Program

You can do a search for Couch to 5k Training Programs or Schedules online. Many of them are free. There are even free apps for Smartphones.

The particular iPhone app that I used, made following the training program very easy. It has since changed its name to Ease into 5k. I believe it was something like $1.99 to $2.99 for the app, but it was more than worth it for the amount of training and motivation I gained from it.

The reason why I liked it so much was that I could listen to my music and then a voice would tell me to “Run” when it was time to run and “Walk” when I could stop running. I didn’t have to remember what my schedule was for the day and time myself for each interval. In addition, since I didn’t know how fast I truly was, when I began to run outside the voice would say to me, “You are halfway there!” I didn’t have to map a route or know how far I could go in a certain amount of time. All I did was turn around and head back in the other direction.


After I ran my first 5k, I was hooked. The races aren’t easy, but signing up for another before I have the next one finished keeps me going. I feel empowered.

And guess what?

I have my first 10k scheduled the week following the Challenge Obesity 5k.

No matter what, I’ve learned that we all have our good days and bad days when it comes to running. Some days are so hard and I wonder what I’ve gotten myself into, while other days I feel great! You’ll experience the same thing. If I can do it, so can you. Please join me on April 21st!

Have you ever done something you’d thought you’d never do?


{Of course, I’m not an expert of any sort. You should always consult your doctor when beginning any exercise regimen.}

New Year’s Resolutions


Ahhh… New Year’s Resolutions. I hate ’em. I haven’t made one in years. The ones I did make, I left in the dust before the first quarter was even over. I have yet to hear someone on New Year’s Eve say, “Let’s toast to my completion of last year’s New Year’s Resolution!”

I know, I know. After the holidays are over, it’s the time of year when there is less going on and it’s only natural at the start off the New Year to start thinking about how we can better ourselves and our lives in the upcoming year. But are New Year’s Resolutions really worth it? Do they, more often than not, get lost in the shuffle and eventually just make us feel bad for not accomplishing them?

It’s not New Year’s Eve, so why I am discussing New Year’s Resolutions?

Well, because today is my birthday and I want to put a new, positive spin on the old New Year’s Resolution!

Throughout the blogosphere, I’ve seen many posts on bloggers’ birthdays indicating what they want to accomplish in their next year ahead. Posts titled “25 things to do while I’m 25” or “30 things to do before turning 30” pop up just about everywhere.

I love these!

While, at first glance, most of these birthday posts look just like wishlists of things the bloggers want to do over the next year; they are really much more than that. The idea is to think about what you really want out of life. What do you want your daily life to look like? What do you want to accomplish or enjoy in the year that lies ahead?

So instead of resolutions {which are often vague to begin with and can make us feel bad if not completed}, I’ve created a list of things I want to do within the next year. The thought of these things makes me happy, not anxious. I’m going to post these elsewhere on the site and cross them off all year long. Feel free to join me!

This list includes fun things I want to do as well as personal and fitness goals. I quickly threw this together, so I’m sure more will end up on my bucket list later.

Here we go! In no particular order…

  • Do a Beer Run
    • There is one at the end of every summer right here in Minneapolis!
    • But there are also City Running Tours that include beer stops as well. I’ve been too chicken to try these out yet. I have a fear of being too slow to keep up with everyone.
    • These races and tours are supposed to be FUN, so I don’t want to do one alone. Won’t you join me!?
  • Do a Color Run
    • I just learned about these this year! I wasn’t available the date one came to Minneapolis, but I want to do one within the next year.
    • This is a fun run where participants wear white and are doused with color at different intervals on the route.
    • There are two companies that run them: The Color Run and Color Me Rad.
    • This is an un-timed fun run, so it’s another one I do not want to do alone!
    • I will go to another city if there isn’t one in Minnesota or the date doesn’t work for me next year. Let me know if you want to do it together. Let’s get a team going!
  • Complete a 5-mile race
    • I have this booked for October 20th.
    • I have no time I expect to beat, I just want to finish!
  • Incorporate weight-lifting into my fitness routine
    • This is in the works! I’ll post more about it in the coming weeks.
  • Run a 10k race
    • While my focus this winter is on HIIT and weight training, I still plan to run a 10k in spring.
    • Have a 10k race to recommend? My only requirement: I have got to know that I won’t come in last.
  • Take a trip abroad to a country I’ve never been
    • This rules out Provence and Sicily from this poll.
    • Sorry, we can only choose one international destination per year. Unless, of course, there’s any part of the world that wants to sponsor us and let us blog our way through our travels for tourism promotion! πŸ˜‰
  • Use my Bahamas Cruise Gift Certificate
    • I earned a certificate for a cruise in the Bahamas doing Wine Tastings.
    • This is how Rob and I plan to get away this winter!
  • Reach my goal weight
    • This means losing approximately 35 to 40 more pounds within the next year.
    • I’ll have to ramp it up a bit since it took me a little over a year to lose 35.
  • Read more books.
    • Reading is one of my favorite things to do and over the past few years, I’ve forgotten that love.
    • I grew up reading a lot, so when I saw a 10-to-12-year-old boy sitting at a beauty salon waiting for his mon the other day reading an actual hardcover book instead of playing around on a Smartphone, I was reminded of it.
    • The reading of blogs, magazines, Facebook and surfing the web has replaced my reading of actual books.
    • “Read more books” is such a vague goal, so I need to quantify it somehow. Maybe:
      • Have a book with me at all times to read if I end up having to wait somewhere.
      • Read before bed five nights each week. {It really does help relax me before bed anyway!}
      • Commit to reading 12 books per year. That doesn’t sound like much. But really, I have let reading fall to the wayside. One book per month is realistic.
      • Join a Book Club, perhaps? But then, I couldn’t necessarily choose the books.
      • Suggestions?
  • Run around Lake Calhoun
    • It’s approximately a 5k.
    • I live in the Twin Cities metro area. There is absolutely no reason why I shouldn’t have taken advantage of this already.
    • Once I complete that, it’ll be easy to run the other nearby chain of lakes, too.
  • Run in Eau Claire, WI
    • UW-Eau Claire is my alma mater. I have fond memories of the place and I rarely get back there.
    • Inspired by Liz, I’d love to run past all of my favorite haunts and residences there.
    • Eau Claire is absolutely beautiful this time of year, especially when the leaves are falling.
  • Run the Challenge Obesity 5k in April
    • This is where it all began – my first 5k!
    • It’s the perfect race for beginners – not intimidating at all.
    • I want to encourage as many people as possible to join me!
    • Think you can’t run? Neither did I. Start the Couch to 5k program NOW!
  • Write more concise posts
    • Yeah, you know this is not a strong point of mine.
    • Starting next month, I’ll challenge myself to do one day a week under X number of words or choose one week per month where EVERY post is under X number of words.
    • “X” has yet to be determined. Ha!
  • Create a written bucket list
  • Organize Rob’s favorite recipes in one place
    • I want go-to meals on hand so I don’t have to think!
  • Do something {even a little something} for someone else – every single day
  • Organize Music
    • Would you believe that I have never owned an iPod?
    • I do have an iPhone now, but for music, I really only use Pandora.
    • I just bought my first few iTunes this year!
    • I want to get all of my old CDs uploaded and recycle them.
  • Put together a wedding and honeymoon album
    • Our Wedding and Honeymoon took place in 2010.
    • Just because we didn’t have a traditional wedding, doesn’t mean we don’t deserve a photobook of these memories!

Have you created a Bucket List?

If so, name one thing you plan to cross off within in the next year.

If you’d like to help me or join me in accomplishing/doing any of these fun things on my list, just let me know. It’s going to be another fantastic year!


Why not a 10k?


I ran another 5k race this weekend.

Actually, it was a 5k and 10k race. Why didn’t I give the 10k a try?

I’ve completed four 5k races prior to this one. I’ve run two 5-mile runs on my own. A 10k isn’t much further than that. So why did I run the 5k?

I actually had {secretly} considered running a 10k before my trip to Ireland this fall. I had researched and came up with a training plan. I found a few 10k races around the Twin Cities.

Then I did something I probably shouldn’t have…

I calculated my approximate finishing time and checked the race results for the previous year… I would have come in last.

Obviously, that’s a fear of mine. The races were just too small to have a bunch of slow people like me. So I backed away. I lost of my confidence. Sure, that may sound like I’ve given up, but I haven’t. I didn’t back away completely! I signed up for a few more 5k races so that I would keep running all summer long.

I’ve been struggling with taking off the same five pounds this summer. And while I’d like to be further along in my weight loss, I’m actually proud that I haven’t thrown in the towel just because it’s summer. I could have said, “Screw it. I’ve messed up already, I’ll just start again in the fall.”

That may have been what I used to say; but this time, I’m not on a diet. This is my life. I’m learning healthy habits that I want toΒ stick.Β I don’t want to wait until after vacation. I don’t want to wait until X event has happened in my life to “start over”. Sure, I may have overindulged more this summer than not. I may have not worked out five to six days per week like I used to when I was losing more weight. However, these 5k races have still held me accountable.

I kept running. No matter what, I always ran three days per week.

Before I began running, I would have never had this attitude.

You see, for me, running became a workout plan that I had to follow. In order to complete my goal of running my first 5k race, I couldn’t skip a scheduled run! With any other workout, I used the old, “Ugh. I just don’t feel like it today.” But I knew that when you miss a stepping stone in your race training, you throw everything off-kilter. There really wasn’t room to make up for it.

This is why it kept me going.

So, naturally, my next step would be to try to complete a 10k race, right? And although scared, I had considered it. But in the back of my mind, I remembered what I’d heard about marathoners not losing {much} weight while training for endurance races.

Then I read this post by Ann at Twelve in Twelve. She’s run several races {twelve of them in twelve months, in fact} and expressed her struggle with losing weight. Her trainer makes a great point about waiting to run a marathon until she’s lost the weight so that she can run as fast as she can! It’s worth a read.

Later, I read more about high-intensity interval training and building muscle in the book The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project by Esther Blum.

A lot of what I read just reminded me of what I should be doing if I really want to lose weight. However, the following line really struck a chord with me:

“Still not convinced HIIT will be effective? Look at the physique of a marathoner versus that of a sprinter and tell me who has more muscle!”

Wow! After having watched those Olympic sprinters just a few weeks prior, this visual really drove home the point.

That’s not to say that I think marathon running is a bad thing. I have the utmost respect for marathon runners! Endurance training absolutely has its place. In fact, for the first time ever, I actually know someone personally who will be running a marathon here in the Twin Cities. And I’m completely bummed that it’ll take place while I’m across the pond. I would have totally gone to cheer her on! Angie is an inspiration!

My goals right now? In order to continue my weight loss, this fall and winter I’ll be running intervals and lifting weights.

Don’t worry, I’ll run a 10k this spring.

{See I’m putting it out there in writing!}

I have already downloaded the 5k to 10k app. I have already run five miles at time and a 10k is not much more. In fact, I do have a 5-mile race planned when I get back from my trip abroad. So that’s really not that big of a deal, right?

Still, you know what? My 5k run this weekend was a very hard one. I couldn’t even have imagined running a 10k that day when I was struggling so much with the 5. They are still a challenge for me. However, my goal now needs to be to continue to lose the weight and get faster at my 5ks.

There’s plenty of time to work on endurance when I get to my goal weight.

Come back tomorrow for my Race Day recap to see who I met!

What are your current fitness goals?