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From 5K To Half Marathon

November 8, 2013

My Journey to 5K turned up to be my journey to a half marathon!  I got lazy and stopped posting and writing about my journey.

But the truth is that after I finished the 5k program which by the way was a fabulous way to get started and I highly recommend it, I started the Couch to 10K program - also by the same company.  I got hooked on running (I had a feeling I would) and continued training.

In January 2013 I signed up for my first half marathon - The SeaWheeze!  The SeaWheeze is sponsored by Lululemon and it was their second annual run.  Amazing experience and a fabulous route. So after many weeks of training on August 10th 2013, I completed my first half marathon! If someone would have asked me a few years ago if I would consider running to the end of the street let alone a half marathon I would have told them to go smoke their pipe somewhere else!  But I am very determined person so I guess I'm not surprised.  The hardest part of the run was the training.  Making time for long runs, maintaining a proper diet and staying on track was the most difficult part of the race.

I won't lie the day of the race was insane.  I almost quit every two minutes.  I didn't think I would even start the race, let alone finish.  Finishing the race was an amazing experience.  I was however disappointed with my time.  I had calculated I would finish within 2.5 hrs but it took me just under 3 hrs to finish.  I experienced a lot of stomach issues along the way - mostly on the last 6 kilometers but the worst were the last 3 kilometers where I thought I would have to walk to the end.  Thankfully, I was able to find the strength and courage and persevere.  Coming up to the finish line seeing my family with signs and my friends who had surprised me was priceless.

I plan on running the SeaWheeze again in 2014.  I am hoping to run a couple of small races and then the SeaWheeze in August.

Vancouver is a spectacular city.  The views and sites and amazing and so are our people.  The route chosen was stunning.  Lululemon knows how to party and the festivities that followed the race were phenomenal.  As runners were given all kinds of perks - from mani/pedis to massages to some nice swag.  The even organized a concert and free yoga class for all the runners at Stanley Park - it was a sold out event.

This race is totally worth the entry fee. My recommendation is that if you are planning to do a fun race next year - consider the SeaWheeze.

Approaching the Finish Line


Beautiful Vancouver

Some of the Swag

The Expo

Some of the signs along the route

The finishers medal - it's a picture locket

Lost Lagoon - Stanley Park


Chip Wilson at the start line

September 27, 2012

So my journey to 5k continues.  I am proud to say I have been faithful to my runs and keeping up with them even during holidays.  At the end of August we went to Whistler for our family vacation and I had vowed to continue my runs.   Whistler is so beautiful so it was easy to stay focus with such gorgeous scenery.  The first few runs were a little difficult - I am assuming it was the altitude - breathing was a bit of a challenge but once my body adjusted to the climate I was good to go. We stayed for a week so I completed that weeks 3 days during vacation.  I was very proud of myself.

My daughter and I have continue running together but she is moving out soon so I have found a new partner.  My hubby is taking on the challenge and I couldn't be more pleased.  He ran with me those 3 days in Whistler and he really enjoyed it so it wasn't hard to talk him into it.

Complete - Woohoo!
We are currently starting Week 5 Day 1 - the previous week/days consisted of a brisk 5 minute warmup walk. A jog for 3 minutes followed by a walk for 1.5 minutes and a jog for 5 minutes.  Then a walk for 2.5 minutes, a jog for 3 minutes, a walk for 1.5 minutes and ending with a jog for 5 minutes.  Cool down follows.  On my last run I started using Sports Beans.  These are fast energy jelly beans that contain carbs, electrolytes and vitamins B & C.  They come in assorted flavors.  The directions on the package recommend taking the entire package 30 mins prior to activity, take some during activity and replenish with one pack after activity.  I am a very small person and I've had issues in the past with products that induce energy so I am a bit skeptical about taking an entire package.  I decided to only take a few (4 beans) prior to my run and see how it goes.  Well, it went really well.  I often wonder if these things sometimes are psychosomatic but regardless I had a lot of energy and felt as if I could go an extra 10 mins.

Lululemon Brisk Running cap
My biggest challenge have been my ears. I suffer from ear pain when wind cuts through my ears (warm or cold).  The pain is so intense it feels like my whole cranium will explode.  I had to cut one of my runs short because of the pain though I only had 5 minutes left on the clock but the pain was too intense to bare.  A friend lent me a Lululemon Brisk Running Cap - this cap has wicking capacities, a ponytail hole and is contoured for ear coverage.  It worked like a charm and no ear pain!  I will be ordering a couple of these for sure!

We have been experiencing unusually warm weather for this time of year - so warm that running in shorts and short sleeves for late September is not uncommon.  But I know the cold weather will be here before we know it so I am looking for new warm weather running gear.  Lululemon used to carry the Lululemon Alpine Tights which were luon with fleece like lining.  I never owned a pair so I would love to find one.  These are no longer available in stores but I am hoping Lulu will come out with something similar this season.  Here is hoping.  I came across a pair of winter running tights at the Running Room by  Ron Hill - The Vizion Winter Tights - $89 - similar construction to the Lululemon Alpine Tights and for that price seem reasonable. I may purchase them and review them in future postings.
Somedays I wonder If I will survive!
Moving on to Week 5 Day 1....

August 7, 2012

What was I thinking???  I have never been interested in running, nor have I ever had the inclination of starting a running program. But recently my daughter who has returned from a 6 month adventure in South America asked me to join her in her new adventure.  Ok I lied.  I have ran before back in the dark ages when I was in high school and the wheel was just invented! LOL!  That was many moons ago so to me this is a foreign language.  Don't get me wrong, I am in very good shape as I weight train 5 days a week and practice yoga 2 times a week.  But the closest I get to "running" is 10 minutes on the treadmill as part of my cardio routine.  

We downloaded the Couch to 5K app ($1.99) on our iphones and started our journey on Sunday!  Of course, we chose one of the hottest days of the year to get started so I was praying to the Dear Lord to take me to the heavens above now!  Thank God for water which I used as a resuscitating device.  All joking aside, the app is phenomenal and it walks you through it.  It is a nine week program (3 days a week) which starts slow with a warm up and then series of walking to jogging prompts in different time intervals.  These increase as the weeks progress.  

Today was our second day of week 1 and already I can feel a difference in endurance.  I didn't think I would be excited about this but I can not tell a lie - really enjoying it.

I have to admit, the best part of starting a new exercise program for me is shopping!  I made a b line to the Running room and got fitted for some new sneakers.  I tend to pronate so I wanted to make sure I had the right shoe for running on pavement.  $149 for a pair of sneakers? I was buying one pair not the store!  Got a pair of new socks and a hand held water bottle (don't leave home without it)  I own a lot of Lululemon (I'm sure you can tell by the name of this blog) but I am sure I will find an excuse to get a new outfit soon.

Our goal is to be able to run 5k by the end of this program and hopefully move on to 10k.  And if all goes well, we might do a 5k event.  But don't hold your breath that remains to be seen.

End of Day 1 and 2 (Week 1)

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