Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Future Races

So, now that the kids have one 5K under their belt...what else could we do?  There is a ton of variety and the Canes Classic (which we just did) kicks off racing season down here in Florida!

Options abound...but these seem kid-friendly and local....leading up to the Disney race in April.  The Turky Trot, while 5-miles, is too local NOT to try.  They can walk it, if needed.  Fortunately, there is no cost to this one (just food donation), but there is also no medal.

  • Color Blast 5K Run REGISTERED10/15/16
  • Lakewood Ranch Boo Run 5K 10/29/16
  • Turkey Trot (5 miles) 11/24/16
  • Frosty 5k 12/17/16
  • Ringing Bridge Run (4 miles) 1/14/17
  • Falcon 5K February-ish (date not yet announced)
  • Robinson Preserve 5k 3/31/17
  • Disney Dark Side 5K REGISTERED 4/21/17 (I'll be doing the 5K with them and the Half Marathon)
Now, lets master this 5K thing!  Goal?  No stopping on 10/15!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Crazy Running Kid

My husband just asked the kids if they were running tonight?  My son says..."sure, lets do this!" ....and yes, we did just run a 5K this morning.  Maybe he really does have the running bug....or he just forgot that he was moaning about me torturing him DURING the 5K????

Kids First 5k

Prior to race day, they were both capable of running 27 minutes straight...looking back, I think they did great!  I was hoping that the energy of the race will push them that final step to finish the race non-stop, but hopefully running with me will force them to slow down and not run with the pack.

So how did they do at the Canes Classic?

My daughter ended up running with her friend from school, and his dad.  They didn't pace well and was far up ahead from the beginning, and then walked quite a lot.  She finished in 50 minutes.  She apparently complained a LOT during the race, but she was 2nd in her age group (out of two 10-11 year old girls), and received a medal.  Once we got home she put it on her "bling holder" and said that this is the medal that she is THE most proud of!

My son and I ran together...kept a consistent pace.  We did take a total of 5 1-minute walking breaks and finished in 44 minutes.  Note that every 1/4 mile there was some type of complaining such as "why are you torturing me so" and "are we done yet?".  But by the end, there was a big smile on his face.  He even sprinted the last 100 meters!

It was definitely harder than they expected.  85% humidity and 80 degrees...with sun (this race started at 8am).  After they finished, I just kept telling them that every other 5K will be easier than this one.  After all, they now have a PR!

We have officially signed up for the color blast run in October, per my daughter's request.  Its October 15th, so there may be Florida summer left...its a crap shoot. The humidity typically disappears right around mid-October, so cross your fingers for us!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

We are C25K graduates!

We can all run 30 minutes...nonstop...in the Florida summer....in the high 80s and low 90s..where the
dew point is over 70....where the humidity makes it feel like 100 degrees.  Just imagine how strong and capable they will be in a few months when the humidity takes a break! Their body can actually work at running faster, rather than exerting all of this wasted energy on just keeping the body cooled! Just imagine at the end of November when their speed will be about 1-2 minutes/mile faster than it is right now...yes, thats the difference that we can expect!    Just imagine that when we sweat, the sweat will actually evaporate...oh its the little things!

We have inched our way from 1 minute running intervals (with 2 minutes walking) to 30 minutes nonstop.  This is quite the accomplishment!  I am so proud of these kids!  I really assumed that this was be torturous to get them up to this level, and I swear I thought that I would have to bribe them or kick myself along the way.  But, they were agreeable!  While not always thrilled...this has definitely become a nice routine for us.  We get to do something together, which has been great.  And, I get their ear.  They can't avoid me for those uncomfortable talks.  We talk about everything...and since there is no eye contact, we avoid the uncomfortable face, especially when talking about puberty or friends issues or school problems.  Mom is not intruding on a subject, but rather we are equals when we are together pounding the pavement.

So, whats the next goal?  Of course, we need to complete the 5k tomorrow.  While I do have a "45 minute" goal in my head (after all, we have never run 3 miles straight together), I just hope that they are proud to FINISH the race!  While most will be ahead of them, I don't think they will come in last. There is ALWAYS someone who finishes in an hour :)  And while this race caters to the local running community and high school track runners, there are always a few novices out there, so the kids won't be alone.

So, there is a 1-mile race next month...but there is also a 5k color run next month (same day)...and there is a 5k in November nearby as well, that will be a smaller race like the one tomorrow.  Once race a month would be great though Florida's race season...let's see if we can keep that up!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Running with Kids...Week 7

T-14 Days until our first 5k.

Its getting close!  I think I've finally figured out how to give me a rest, and how to ensure that the kids stick to their training without bickering.  Fortunately, I'm stronger now and can run farther, just like them...and the running almost every day with one of them has benefitted me.  This last week, I ran with my son, rested for 10 minutes, then ran with my daughter.  This ensured that I get a rest day between runs....and ensured that they both stayed with the plan...and ensured that I had more miles, which I want to do.

Every week, we are also running to the ice cream parlor.  One night, me and my son ran there, we had a little ice cream and then me and my daughter ran back.  Its an easy way for me to run/walk 4 miles (definitely more running than walking now!), but still not overburden them.  My son ran an entire mile without stopping, and my daughter hit 11 minutes....on the way back, we warmed up for 5 minutes, ran 11 minutes, walked for 4 minutes, then ran again for 10 minutes.  Nice!

Now, my daughter is definitely slower than my son, but given that she weighs 100 pounds and here is a scrawny 75 pounds, this shouldn't surprise me.  Time will benefit both of them. Maybe she will even drop a few pounds, but she really doesn't NEED to, but dropping a few will benefit her speed and her self esteem.  But, I know if I dropped 50 pounds, I probably could keep up with my son, as I'm sure in time that he will simply get faster!

Our final run this week was to attempt the 20-minute run...straight through, no stopping, with no concern with how slow or fast we were running.  I first ran with my daughter...she was slow, as expected, but she did great!  I rested for 5 minutes while my son was changing, and then we ran 20 minutes non-stop.  Ugh...he chatted the ENTIRE time about greek mythology and his breathing was still very easy, but man, I was being challenged.  I never recall looking at the watch this much!  But, this week is now in the books!

Our protocol for this week starts with this run:

Run 20 minutes
Walk 3 minutes
Run 5 minutes

Run 25 minutes

Run 27 minutes

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Jealous of My Kids' Lung Power!

So, I'm running a LOT more than them...and every time I run with one of them, I'm simply just jealous of the fact that my breathing is so much harder than theirs.  So not fair!  My son can now talk constantly running for an entire mile while educating me on greek mythology (he absolutely loves the subject) while I'm huffing and puffing over here.  Oh, the joys of youth!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Running with Kids...Week 6

T-21 Days until our first 5k.

Last week went well!  In fact, the last run with my daughter was supposed to be 7-5-7.  First interval was 7 minutes, the second ended up being closer to 8, and then she said "why don't we run to the ice cream parlor and have daddy meet us there."  We ended up running the last interval for 10 minutes.  Very very pleased and now she KNOWS that she can do this.  With warm up and cool down, we did 2.4 miles in 37 minutes.  With very little effort NOW, we should be able to do a 5k in less than 45 minutes...which was subconsciously my minimum goal for them, although I would love to see them do it in under 40.

Our protocol for this week starts with this run:
Run 8 minutes
Walk 3 minutes
Run 8 minutes


Run 10 minutes
Walk 3 minutes
Run 10 minutes


Run 20 minutes

Wish us luck!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Half Marathon...too fast, too much?

So, there is an inaugural half marathon in 10 weeks.  Is it insane that I'm considering this?    Yes, it's crazy.  I know its too much too soon....and yet, that is not stopping me.

Is this too much for a long run every week?

Week 1 - 8/8/16 - 3 miles long run
Week 2 - 8/15/16 - 4 mile long runWeek 3 - 8/22/16 - 5 mile long runWeek 4 - 8/29/16 - 6 mile long runWeek 5 - 9/5/16 - 7 mile long runWeek 6 - 9/12/16 - 8 mile long runWeek 7 - 9/19/16 - 9 mile long runWeek 8 - 9/26/16 - 10 mile long runWeek 9 - 10/3/16 - 11 mile long runWeek 10 - 10/10/16Week 11 - Race Day

I really love the idea of participating in this local half marathon...it has strong roots in the organization.  It has strong support of the local government, and the route looks to be absolutely amazing...most of it water views.

And I heard that the bling is amazing.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Running with Kids...Week 5

T-27 Days until our first 5k.

So, we are getting closer...and fortunately stronger. And, while my intentions last week was to run alone with each of the kids (most of the time), we did run once together...and no bickering!  Whats most surprising is that my daughter was the stronger runner and my son lagged behind...which is a first.  I'm not sure if she stepped up because he was tired, but its nice to see her comfortable with the intervals...at least once.  The run prior with her alone, I swear I saw teardrops on her face.  She doesn't want to stop....I think she's scared that she can't do it....or maybe her side-stitch really was as painful as she indicated (which was the reason she told me that she was tearing).  I don't think she's afraid of letting me down.  Maybe she was just over-tired and therefore over-sensitive?   At least it didn't affect her the following run.  While I know she was pushing herself, she seemed very capable.

For the most part, our runs this last week averaged 15-16 minutes in 3 intervals.  The long interval averaged 6 minutes.  Some days it was closer to 5 and some days it was 6.5 (they forgot to ask "how much longer mom" every 20 seconds, so I kept running longer).  I have to say, while the week started hard, it ended on a high note!

I do think that our "walking" intervals are too long, however.  My son keeps pushing for 3 minute walking breaks, but I think that has more to do with Pokemon Go than the actual need for rest.  Yes, I carry my phone with me while we run, and he carries it while we walk.  After all, we do have 3 pokestops in our own little neighborhood on our 2-mile route! 

Our protocol for this week starts with this run:

Run 5 minutes
Walk 2 minutes
Run 4 minutes
Walk 2 minutes
...repeat twice

Run 6 minutes Walk 1 minute
Run 4 minutes
Walk 1 minute
Run 6 minutes

Then this run:
Run 7 minutes
Walk 2 minutes
Run 5 minutes
Walk 2 minutes
Run 7 minutes

I admit that I'm a little worried about this week.  The first one, while its 4 intervals and they have been doing three, will be hard...but I'll sell it to them since there is no 6-minute interval.  And, if I break down the second run, its doable, since they have already done 4-6-4, so its not that different...and the first run should be easier since they are fresher...the last one is the one I'm worried about.  And that last day...7-5-7....no idea how I'm selling that one.  If I think of any ways to spin it, I'll have to take notes so I don't forget!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Too Much, Too Soon?

So, there is an inaugural half marathon in October....the only one that has ever been in my city.  I want to do it, but just not sure if I can get where I need to be.  This one, unlike all of the others that I have ever been in (back in the day) will be attended by other people I know.  Nobody, except my immediate family, even knows that we are running as a family now.  Scared to be embarrassed....but how many times does the chance come around?  I also hear that the bling is amazing!

I have been running for 5 weeks now....I have been running at the kids' pace.  I may have to run with them, and then drop them off at the house and continue on to see how strong I feel.  That honestly, is not a bad plan....2 miles with them and tack on another 1+ alone.  Only then will I know if I have a chance of getting up to 10 miles before 10/15.  If I can get to 10 miles (even at a 12:00 pace), I will do the half marathon.  Doable goal?  That still makes me incredible slow....but not insanely slow.

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