I found this on a random pinterest page. {I’m on the waiting list!}

 I love this shirt! After feel so crabby the last few days and not having much motivation at all to be very active and eating well – this helps remind me of what my real goals are and that I need to readjust my focus.

Athleta Iron Girl 5K

Charissa and I after running our first 5k

It was a gorgeous, perfect morning in Seattle and I had a head cold.

It was a gorgeous, perfect morning in Seattle and I ran my first 5k!

– 39:04 was my finishing time –

I’d like to say that I ran the whole thing without any walking breaks but I did walk when I felt I needed to and really did try to push myself to finish strong. I didn’t really have a specific time goal set but was hoping I’d be able to do it in under 40 minutes. I ran the whole first mile with Charissa (David’s sister), during mile two Charissa kept running while I took small walking breaks. That second mile felt like it was forever and was so glad when I saw the mile 2 marker. By the time I got to Mile 3 I was glad that I was only running the 5k because I don’t think that I would have been able to do another loop around the lake.

It was such an awesome experience and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of that race. David, Charissa and I are most likely going to competing in a race the first part of October and even though I thought at times that running really sucks during this 5k, I am starting to get really excited to sign up for the PACE Race! I’ve even outlined a short three week 5k running program that I am going to try to stick to now that I have a time to try to beat.

I basically found a 10k program in a new weight lifting book (this book is AWESOME by the way!) I recently purchased and cut the running times in half for the first three weeks.

I’m pretty excited to do another race soon!

get your run on

In two days I run my first 5k!

For a long time I have always been envious of runners. I’d see them out and about and all I could see was that they were able to just… run. I’d often heard people talk about how rewarding running was in so many ways. I longed to be a part of that group. I’ve never been athletic and because of my great love of food and cooking, I’ve also never been that fit.

I could no longer claim that all my extra weight was just baby weight because it had been a good three years since my son was born. One day while reading a frequently visited blog – I realized that this woman who was at the time 20 some odd weeks pregnant with twins was weighing the same weight I was at the current time. In short, I was mortified. I couldn’t believe that I had gotten to that point.

I knew that I needed to get really serious about changing things.

Countless times before I’ve started and quit many different things to try to lose weight but I was never very successful about it. I would do real well for a while in one aspect or another for maybe a month and then nothing would change so I would just give up. I even started to think that nothing was going to change the way I looked and felt no matter what I did.

After becoming so frustrated once again, I started the couch25k program.

It’s been a hard but rewarding road. The length and speed of my runs is still behind many other well seasoned runners but those things will come in time. For the moment however, I’m proud of myself for just doing it and continuing to do it.