Neon Dash 5k fast approaching!

Monday, September 15, 2014

So I entered a 5k race with my mom just so we would have a goal to work toward and it is this Saturday. We will be running the Neon Dash 5k and it looks super fun so I am really excited about it. It will be her first 5k and my 3rd. And we will have only been "training" for 3 weeks. But I feel good about it. I did a practice run on this past Saturday and did 3.4 miles in 35 minutes, 2 of those miles I did in 10 minutes each, which is an all time record for me! What, what?!?!
This running thing is really starting to make me feel stronger than I ever really have. I have always envied runners, the ease with which they seem to do it and me with my awkwardness...I just always figured I would never be good at it. And I'm not "good" at it by any means yet, but I feel like I could be if I just don't give up.
The boyfriend told me last night that this was the first relationship in his life that felt like he was supported when it came to weight loss and getting healthy. It was a really great compliment and it also made me feel really grateful that I have a partner that is willing to do this with me instead of me just trying to do it on my own, or him trying to do it on his own. I have never been in a relationship before where we supported each others goals like this. We both have just had to go at it alone before now, even in our relationship together, we have had a tendency in the past to do things and not necessarily do them together. This time around we are really making a point not just to hold each other accountable, but to do it together. It is really nice.

So, with the race this Saturday, I wondered does anyone have any tips on going from running on a treadmill to running outside? I have been strictly running on my treadmill and I know that getting outside is going to be a totally different game. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome! Hope everyone has a great week!
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    3.4 miles in 35 minutes is a great time! I'm a treadmill runner too who also has to get training outside. I'm signed up for my first 5k on Thanksgiving morning (it's an awesome race that has shorter distances my two young boys can run), and I've also signed up for a half marathon next I'm on the look out for some 10k's to sign up for in between.

    That's is so perfect that you are able to run and workout with your boyfriend. Keep up all of your hardwork, and if you have any tips on switching up your training from the treadmill to outside - pass them along! emoticon
    2467 days ago
    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's lovely to see you here :) It sounds like you are doing great which is awesome! I remember that feeling when I was running and training for a 5k, how I was getting stronger. I miss it and can't wait to get back to it! It was one of the greatest things I ever did for myself. All I can say about going from treadmill to outside is expect your lower legs to be sore. The uneven surface makes you work below the calf a lot to stabilize. It's different for everyone but my first run outside I was sore for days, so I wouldn't try it before the race since it's so close, you don't want to go into it sore. Unless maybe you did it today you'd have time to recover if it happens to you. But you've done 5k's before so if that tends to happen you probably know it by now. Now I'm just rambling ;) Have a GREAT run - I want to hear all about how it goes!
    2468 days ago
    Personally, I think running outside is EASIER! You can vary your speed slightly which doesn't happen on a treadmill.

    In my experience these Neon/Color/Rad runs are sooo crowded you probably won't be running much!

    My husband of 25 years is my fitness partner, and lots of women tell me how lucky I am. I sure do know it; I wouldn't be nearly as successful if it wasn't for him! Congrats for finding a "good one!"
    2468 days ago
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    Yay! SOOOO happy to see you back. I'm sure you'll have a blast!
    2468 days ago
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