My first month didn’t go so well. I didn’t decide on this goal until later on and so I only got 40 cheers in or so. After realizing I had no control over cheers and not doing all to great the next month, I lowered the goal. Well, I did awesome in March and walked away with 222 cheers. I know others pull in way more but for me that was the highest I’ve given in all the years on here.
As of today I’m over 500 cheers in and only half way through the month. Already I’m out doing last month and hopefully I can give more than 222 cheers this month.
It isn’t that time consuming, even though I’ve added in reading entries and at times commenting to them. I’m hoping to comment to even more entries in the future.
So, I went through a list of frogs that are native to the state of Washington and came up with the Bull Frog as one of them. It is not an actual native but it is here and it is considered an invasive critter/pet. Because of that you can catch as many as you want without a license. The issue is that you can not transport the eggs or tadpoles or the frogs live. They can be caught, killed and used for food or bait and that is it.
So, that throws the idea of getting the most well known frog for this project. They make the worse pets, I know that, but I was hoping to grow some and cook up some frog legs later on. At least we can still catch them and eat them up!
Last year we wanted to do the Color me Rad 5k and didn’t because dh said we would not be living in the state during the time it was to happen. Actually, they changed the date during registration and it moved to the time frame. Well, we never ended up leaving and the kids were bummed about not being able to go to it. Well, Alicia found another one for us to do but I didn’t sign up the kids this time. I think I’m not going to take them on these very serious ones and that I’m going to work on the ones that cost a bit less. This one was 22 dollars so not that bad. Normally they run 30 dollars and up. I would have had to pay the 22 for Adrian also and he is only eight years old and that seems like a lot of money for a small child to run. So, I’ll be doing this one on my own with Alicia. Bri and Natasha didn’t sign up but that is okay.
So, the run is at the end of June. I signed up on the 5th of this month so in total I’ll have a bit over three months to prepare. That is not a lot of time for me since I really wasn’t running to begin with. I mean, I was running last spring and then just kind of running this past August and September. I haven’t really been running this winter due to the weather and the treadmill killing me. Plus, I’ve not been at the gym due to my back injury. In short, there is a lot of work and training that needs to be done and I need to get it done quickly.
I’m going to work on three different things. First, the elliptical, then the treadmill and finally the road. I’m starting with the elliptical because it is the easiest on my joints and I want to work it while I’m losing weight. I’m hoping to be at least 20 pounds lighter and I’m hoping that weight loss will help with preventing injuries. Until then the focus will be keeping myself injury free while trying to build up my endurance and leg muscles. This is a big thing. When I first got on the elliptical I was at a resistance of six out of twenty and couldn’t even do 3.1 miles in under 35 mins. I’ve now worked my way up to a level 12 out of 20 and can do 3.1 miles in under 30 mins. It has taken me about four months to get here though and my goal is to do 3.1 miles at a level 20 in under 30 mins. Granted, I also need to be working all of my legs and when I do this I’m only doing the top half so I need to switch things up some.
Once I can get through 35 mins of moving at a decent pace (one that is higher then the slow walk I normally do), then I want to move onto the treadmill and attempt walking, jogging and then running on there. From there I’ll attempt the road. I’m hoping that I’ll be attempting the road by the start of June since I know that actual running is going to be harder on the road then it will be on the treadmill.
I know that in September I was walking on the road and doing a 5k in about one hour and three mins or so. I think on the treadmill I got it down to 60 mins flat before getting injured (foot). My goal will be to reach at least 45 mins which would mean just under a 15 min mile.
I’m going to check out other 5k runs, cheaper ones and I’ll give those a try as practice and will post if I find them and do them. Will also post on my training progress.