So its kinda hard to write often. I feel kinda silly saying "So, I went for a 4km run. Again. On the same route." So I'll sum it all up saying things are going great. I am definitely progressing and feeling much better. Tonight we ran 7:1's!! And the first half was up a big hill. And while it was hard, I didn't think I was going to die. The last part downhill was fantastic. There was a huge view of the local ski hill and the prairies (hmmm, kind of an oxymoron there).
The speaker tonight was great. He's a long time runner and was basically talking about form, breathing, pace, etc. He then ran with us and took time with each to talk about how we were doing. I think I'm doing pretty well, he had a couple of tips for me that did help on the run up the long hill.
So all in all it was a great night. Although I did 4.16km in 36min. My first 5k race is in two weeks. If I have any hope of coming in under 40min (which is what I want), I need to step it up. Although I know, just finishing means I win, no matter what my time! Two months ago it never would have even crossed my mind I'd being working towards a 5k, and here I am!
Some other things that have been happening...
Wednesday night I skipped my run. But only because I decided to do it on my own in the afternoon! And it sucked. I went by the river, just as everyone was getting off work and it was super busy. I couldn't get my RunKeeper app to work properly (my error, not the apps), and ended up running to fast, too far. Then I managed to turn it off after 12min. I had bought a new hip pack to carry my phone, inhaler and water bottle. But my water bottle was heavy and sloshing around and making my pack flop all over the place. I ended up pouring out the water which was a mistake, because it was hot and I was regretting it later! So I was hot, tired, clock watching and miserable. I never got my smile in the last bit like I always do. But I guess that happens sometimes?
I've been shopping a bit. I got a great pack from MEC (its not on their website so I can't link it, but it has a big zipper pocket, a water bottle holder and was $12). While it didn't work well with my big water bottle (although that will be great for hiking), tonight I found out it worked well with my sons little rubbermaid juice box. I've also bought a few tops, short sleeves for the warmer weather. I picked them up at Walmart. I think I spent $15 at the most. They're okay. Not super fantastic, but good for the group runs. I'm still looking for something nicer for my race though.
I'm also still using my long pants (that I still love). I also got a fantastic long sleeve zip tee from MEC. Its perfect for when its chilly when I start and easy to tie around my waist when I warm up. I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of it.
Also, for Mothers Day, I got a gift certificate for MEC. So I've been planning out my spree. I think the Elan capri pants, they seem to have good reviews, and maybe another zip t in the blue colour.
So I think thats it for now. I may be using this more for random ramblings, more quick thoughts.