Friday, March 5, 2010

Day 26 - 57 days to go! Woo hoo - Happy Dance! :)

15 minutes!  

Some people want 15 minutes of fame, others, 15 minutes in heaven... well, I ran for 15 minutes straight today!  Yayyyyy!  WOW!  do you know 26 days ago what a struggle to run for a minute was!  yay!  :)  I was so proud of myself I almost cried on the treadmill...!  For the record, today's assignment was to run for 3 miles. So this is how I did:

1 mile at 14:07 (yes!  and ran to 15 for good measure!  I ran for more than a mile!  YES!)
2 miles at 29:40 (not too shabby, walked for 2 mins to catch my breath and sip some water and then ran for 10 mins and then walked for another minute or so and ran into the 2 mile mark)
3 miles was reached at 44:33!!  YAY!!!  I think that's a pretty respectable time for a late 30's, newbie, 30 pound overweight woman who is running less than a month!  woo hoo.

It can only get better from here!

With the promise of spring coming, I'm going to be taking some of the running outside.  Anyone have any suggestions for a gadget that could help me with pace and distance?  I have no idea how to guestimate pace  or distance.  Brendan from the Road Runner store said that people seem to like something called the Nike +.  Ever hear of it?  It's a nifty little gadget that has your name all over it (ANGELA).  you can either hook it up to your ipod or you can buy a wrist band thingy... it's an UB port  thing that supposedly records your pace, distance, and other stats and then you can plug it into the computer and it keeps track of your runs and progress.  There's also a whole Nike + community that you can connect to and it has different training programs (from 5 K - to full marathon) to help you get trained.  There's even a virtual avatar of you that does something... (don't remember what.)

Anyone have experience?  It's $59- but I spied it at Sports Authority today.  I would definitely find a coupon to use and get it cheaper.

If you're interested in checking out the Nike + -- kick around this web-site.  There's an interesting informational video there:

Have a great weekend - I'm off to happy dance!


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