Monday, March 8, 2010

Berry College 5K

I did the Berry College 5K this past Saturday. It was a lot of fun, and I stayed with my friend Sarah. Also, Shannon came up from Atlanta and we all had fun doing the 5K and having a girls weekend.

The pictures above go from the morning of the 5K to the last picture of me after it was done. I improved my time from 50 minutes (almost no running) to 42 minutes (so mostly jogging and walking).

I'm shooting for a 20 minute 5K soon. Who knows when I'll make it, but I sure had fun with my friends this past weekend. I am proud of them too. Shannon had a sore foot and Sarah had a sore back, but they still crossed the finish line. Sarah's name even was called over the loud speaker when she finished. That's how I knew they were done. They are awesome!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

First 5K Run

Ok, I know its a proof, but I thought this picture was pretty good.
This shows the time of my first 5K, I walked most of it, jogged some, and did it in approximately 50 minutes. It was the 2010 Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon/Half Marathon & 5K - Warner Robins, Georgia. I placed 321 out of 361 for the 5K.

That is my friend Christina finishing right in front of me. We are training partners. We hope to do our first triathlon together this May or June.

I'm really glad I did this 5K, it really showed me that I like doing this sort of thing. Always good when you like your hobby, lol.
If anyone wants to run a 5K with me, just let me know and we will plan for it.
My next 5K is this weekend in Rome, GA. It is at my first college, Berry College. I can't wait to go jog the path that I could not jog back in college. It will almost be like a vindication for me.

Can't wait to blog the photos and stories!

15 Mile Bleckley Bike

Here is a photo of me at my 15 mile Bleckley county bike ride. My friend and co-worker Debby did the 30 mile, and some people were even doing the 60 mile path. I figured I'd just do fine on the 15 mile, lol. No need to push it.

I did pretty good, an hour and a half. I learned a lot though, like I need tight pants. I ripped a hole in my loose pants because the bottoms kept hitting the gears. I also need to get a water bottle holder cage or camel pack water holder, because my water bottle fell out of my hoody pouch on a hill, and there it was rolling down the road with me. I had to stop, chase after it, pick it up, and the hobble back to my bike to finish the ride, lol !

It felt good to do my first ride. Maybe my next one I'll be strong enough to do a 30 mile. We shall see.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


This is another blog I created. I am going to keep track of my multi-sport progress. I've recently gotten into the hobby of running 5K's, biking/cycling, and triathlons. I have ran one 5K, and did that in 50 minutes. I have also just recently completed my first 15 mile bike ride, here locally in Bleckly county Ga. That took me an hour and a half. Lets see if I can improve on those times, and - the ultimate goal - to complete my first triathlon.

Running and biking long distances has always fascinated me. I have always wanted to run long distances but never thought I could. This is not only a hobby but something that I wanted to prove to myself that I could do. Everyone has that something in their lives, some goal or event that they want to complete to test themselves and see what they are made of.

For instance I have a friend whose goal was to perform in play. It was not only performing in a play but a way for him to find inner confidence. He then tried out for a local play, made a supporting actor role, and then performed the play in front of family, friends, and complete strangers. It was something he wanted to do to prove to himself he could, and guess what, he did.

For me, running is this obstacle. I always tried to run growing up, but was never that good, so I ended up just not pursuing it. I was much happier staying indoors. I tried again in college, but that didn't go so well because I started at a pace that was unmanageable. So, a couple years later when my friend at work, Christina, said she wanted to train for a triathlon, I figured - this is my chance. I will create a training plan and slowly build myself up to the runner I want to be.

So I started speed walking three times a week on the treadmill at work. Then later, I started spin classes on Wednesdays. O'man, was that an eye opener. Anyone wanting to test themselves, just take spin class. I literally couldn't walk down the stairs after the first class. I had to have help getting to my car, because my knee muscles would not hold my weight. They were like jello. But you know what, I took a week off to recover, and then was back in spin class. After a couple of weeks I found I could make it down the stairs by myself and that my running was improving. My legs were getting stronger.

This led me to buy my bike, and enter my first 15 mile bike ride. I was nervous that morning, but had friends to ride with, so that made it better. It was very cold when we started, but I didn't care. I wanted to prove that I could do it. An hour and a half, and a couple of steep hills, later I had made it. And it felt great.

The next goal will be my first triathlon.

I hope people can track my progress and maybe even join in on the fun. So if you feel like training with me, let me know!