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Saturday, July 9, 2011

5 Miles

If someone would have told me a year or even 6 months ago that I would ever have the desire to run 5 miles, I would have laughed.  I would have laughed very loud.  But tonight I ran 5 miles...because I wanted to.  And I didn't feel like I was going to keel over when I was done! 

I'm really proud of myself because except for about 5 minutes (warm up, cool down and just a little towards the end), I ran the whole thing.  My average pace was 11 something.  Which, considering I didn't really run until a few months ago, I think is pretty good!  I checked my time at 3.1 miles, too; and it was 33 which is 4 minutes faster than the last 5K I did.  I'm hoping that if I can keep running 3-5 miles at a stretch, I'll be a little faster by my next 5K in August.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

25 Pound Benchmark

I've lost 25 pounds!  I've never lost 25 pounds before, and I still find myself thinking about "when I'm under 200" (which I hit 13 pounds ago).  It's slowly starting to sink in.

As a 25 pound present, I bought myself one of these:

It's a  belt for runners, and it has 2 pockets so I can bring my phone and my iPod with room for my house key and some money (you know, in case I need to stop for some ice cream non-fat frozen soft serve on the way home). 

It also has 2 reusable loops for hooking on a race tag and loops for holding energy gel packs or pepper spray (which I probably should also get).

My cousin has one similar, and I was surprised at how much it stretches.  This one looks tiny, too; but I love that I can bring everything I need with me when I'm running in the summer.  And this belt has gotten good reviews.  I was a little nervous because one of the negatives was that it was a little smaller around than suggested so there were several people who commented that it didn't quite fit them.  So I was really happy that the belt part stretches, too; and it fits just fine!  And it's not supposed to ride up or be uncomfortable at all.  So we'll see.  No excuses now that I can't go out in the evening because I can't bring my phone and there's no one waiting for me at home in case something happens.  AND my arm band is really frustrating me because it keeps slipping down so this will solve that problem as well :)

I also bought some PB2 which I'd tried a small sample of before; but it wasn't much to do anything with, and I didn't want to pay the outrageous shipping fees.  Now Amazon stocks it, and I was getting free shipping.  I've heard mixed reviews on this so we'll see...