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Runner Wanna Be

My sister has talked me into training for a half marathon.  I had mentioned doing as many 5k (3.1 miles) runs as we possibly could and then bumping it up to a 10k (6.2 miles).  I like how she skipped that part and went right for the 13.1 mile run.  Seriously?  You realize I’m 5 ft 5inches and 75 lbs over weight right?  Also you can’t forget that all my height is in my torso; I’m cursed with short legs so to watch me run you’d think you were watching Lord of the Rings at the scene where Gimli is chasing Legolas and Aragorn over the rolling hills.  Yup that’s me!  Actually this image describes me best 🙂

In all seriousness I’m not that out of shape.  I just clocked my 5k run time at 29:59 minutes.  Granted it was on a treadmill so I had full control over my pace and speed (something I really lack at while running outside).  If I don’t have a treadmill to pace myself I tend to burn out to fast because my pace is too fast at the beginning.  I’m just so darn excited to be running outside!  
This blog post will serve as my running log and my path to this so called half marathon that I’m supposedly going to run in with my sister.  Let’s do it!  Keep in mind these runs are usually second workouts as I’m doing P90X followed by Insanity.  I’ll be burning over 1200 calories a day while running 5Ks.  Hoping that my excess weight will just burn away.  Let me just say I am NOT a runner.  I grew up playing basketball and softball along with competitive swimming.  So let’s get started with tonight’s warm up run.  I’m not going to push myself to injury so if some of my runs look short (like tonight’s) it’s because I’m stopping before injury.  I’m not going to “push” through it until I’ve lost at least 25 lbs.
Day 1 (5/7/12)  {Also completed  P90X Chest, Shoulders & Triceps +AbRipperX}
20:00 minutes (14:55 @ 1.5 miles) – total miles 2.016

Day 2 ((5/10/12)
45:00 minutes – total miles 4.180
(14:52 @ 1.5 miles)  (30:57@ 5K)
Pace: 9:57 (mile 1)   9:46 (mile 2)  10:17 (mile3)  12:00 (mile 4)

Day 3 (5/14/12)  I know…I know….too many days in between each run
45:00 minutes – total miles – 4.362
1.5 mile @ 14:45 and 5K (3.1 miles) @ 30:38
Pace: 9:50 (mile 1)  9:46 (mile 2)  10:11 (mile 3) 11:33 (mile 4)
779 calories burned + 136 carbs burned

Day 4 (5/15/12)  T-Storms causing the power to go out which messed with my treadmill something fierce!
Total time: 30:00
Total mileage: 2.640 (man that garage was hot – not used to the heat….yet)
450 calories burned + 77 carbs

Day 5 (5/21/12)
Total time: 45:00 – Total mileage: 4.351
1.5 mile @ 14:42 and 5k (3.1 miles) @ 30:38
Pace: 9:50 (mile 1) 9:33 (mile 2) 9:46 (mile 3) 11:00 (mile 4)
758 calories burned + 131 carbs burned