Afternoon! :) My day has been filled with work, errands, and moving activities.
If youâ€™re moving and want cheap boxes â€“ hit up the liquor store!
Weâ€™re trying to spend as little as possible during the move. In fact, Iâ€™m anticipating that weâ€™ll only be spending
$150 $20 (just sold our bed frame and patio set!) because weâ€™re selling off all of our furniture and renting a trailer, not a truck. And I havenâ€™t bought a single box to date â€“ Iâ€™ve been to the liquor store three times, though!
Want some other money-saving tips for moving? I actually just wrote a freelance article on the subject â€“ check it out! 🙂
Lunch was eaten en route to the Honda dealership (my airbags are under recallâ€¦ not cool). I had a Naturally Nutty Cherry Cinnamon Peanut Butter sammie with 1/2 a banana:
And when we got back, I made a Green Monster. I swear the GMs are the only thing getting me through the craziness. I can always rely on GMs for a dose or two of vegetables and fruit!
- 1 cup rice milk
- 1/2 a banana
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 15 frozen cherries
Alrightâ€¦ time for what youâ€™ve been waiting for!
Speedy 5K/No More Trouble Zones Challenge Training Plan
Although my life is really hectic right now, Iâ€™ve missed having direction with my workouts. Iâ€™ve done 27 races and am accustomed to always training for something! I really miss the motivation an impending race gives me.
Since I donâ€™t have a lot of time, I canâ€™t train for any long-distance events. But thatâ€™s alright with me because you all helped me identify a new goal that is challenging, but more manageable time-wise. Not going to lie, though â€“ reaching a sub-23:00 5K is going to KICK MY BOOTAY.
My 5K record is 23:42, which I achieved in December 2008 (AKA â€“ a long time ago). I donâ€™t know WHAT happened to me the day of that race, but I actually WON the entire female division (it was a small race, only about 80 people). It was the fastest I had ever ran 3.1 miles. I hate to downplay my own success 🙂 but the course was flat and fast.
Can I shave 43 seconds off my personal record? Weâ€™ll see!
- One â€œspeedwork dayâ€ that includes sprints of 400 meters (0.25 mile) or 800 meters (0.5 miles) over the course of 2.0 to 4.0 miles. Iâ€™m aiming to run the sprints at a pace of 7:45 to 8:00 miles.
- One â€œlong run dayâ€ that varies from 5.0 to 7.5 miles.
- One â€œrecovery run dayâ€ of 3.0 slow and easy miles.
- One â€œtempo run dayâ€ when I plan to do 5.0 miles with the 3.0 middle miles at a 8:45 pace.
- The other three days will be â€œactive restâ€ or total rest, depending on my mood and schedule. Active rest includes walking, yoga, or a slow bike ride.
Some weeks are really busy with personal activities so Iâ€™m actually running on a rest day or resting on a run day. :) Gotta be flexible!
Additionally, Iâ€™ll be squeezing in 2 to 3 days of the No More Trouble Zones DVD by Jillian Michaels. Itâ€™s a great strength training DVD! Since this DVD is very, very hard for me, I might only do half (20 minutes) on some days. The DVD is not my priority so Iâ€™m just going to try to squeeze it in when I canâ€¦ no pressure.
My training plan (which, Iâ€™ll admit right now is going to be VERY hard for me) incorporates not oneâ€¦ not twoâ€¦ but THREE AWESOME races! The first race is a 5K on August 7. It will be my first Charlotte race and my goal will be to get a sub-25:00. I figure this will give me a heads up onto whether Iâ€™m close to achieving my sub-23:00 goal. The second race will be a â€œfor funâ€ 10K Trail Race on August 22. I love trail races! This will help keep me accountable for longer distances.
And last, but not least, will be the BIG race! The 23:00-goal 5k is on September 4. The coolest thing about this race? I can WALK to the start from my new apartment!
Can I shave 7 minutes off my current 5K time in 11 weeks? Umâ€¦ Iâ€™m not entirely sure, but I sure as hell am going to try! 🙂