The Friday 5K Challenge- Week 1

In honor of being able to run again, and because Jamie introduced me to another blog, I’ve decided to do a Friday 5K Challenge (Click on that link if you want to read about it).  Basically, the challenge is to run (or run/walk, or walk, or whatever you can do) a 5K once a week.  You don’t even have to run it on a Friday, and since it’s only once per week, it won’t really interfere with the rest of your life.

I’m still ‘taking it easy’ due to the anemia.  I don’t know if my iron levels or blood counts have hit some magical number or what, but I have felt MUCH better over the past two weeks. I’ve found some different, but very healthy, foods that I like; I’m over caffeine withdrawals, and I’m generally in a much better mood now that I’m allowed to run.

As far as pushing myself goes, I still push myself when I work out.  That’s kind of the point.  You’re never going to know what you can do if you limit yourself and don’t at least TRY to do more than what you think you can.  However, the rule is that if I start to feel even *slightly* bad (i.e. headache, heavy legs, shortness of breath), I stop right then- because that’s pushing it TOO far.

Since I’m spending my Friday night at Redbone Alley for Beth’s birthday, and I didn’t want to shower, wash my hair, and rehydrate be wiped out, I decided to do the Friday 5k on Wednesday.  At work, I was pretty pumped about my run, and I told Jamie, Carol, and Nick– all of whom gave me lots of awesome encouragement because they’re awesome, encouraging, people!

I got off work and headed to the gym, where (surprisingly) I found many open treadmills at 5:00 in the afternoon.  I like running outside, but if I started to feel bad on a trail, I can’t exactly stop right then.  I’d still have to walk or jog or run back to the car.  Not to mention, the gym is staffed so I feel a lot safer in case of injury.  Maybe I’m worrying too much (well, no. I have enough people worrying about me)- but running again after over a month, injuries can happen.  Plus, I’ve never ran into a snake when running on a treadmill.  I can’t say that for outdoor runs!

Oh, and it’s July and this is South Carolina.  It was 95 degrees outside.

So, I hopped on the ‘mill and cranked out 3.1 miles in 28:45.  I took two walk/water breaks and sprinted that last .1.

Talk about speed!  I don’t think I’ve ever ran that fast for that long.  Even when I was training for the 10K.  Even before I was diagnosed with severe anemia.  Geez, are my Bifera iron supplements tainted with performance enhancing drugs or something?  Except I think the ‘roids that MLB players are easier to get, as no CVS in Florence stocks my iron supplements.

Needless to say, I was pretty stoked about that distance in that time…

This is me after a workout. That's right, I'm not afraid to get sweaty, smelly, and take a picture without makeup!

However, the best part of my running was the cool down.  Not the 3 minutes I walked on the treadmill to actually ‘cool down’, but the cool down that happened when I was waking to my car and saw these:

Yippee! Sprinklers! So you know, I just had to run a LITTLE more!

So that’s it- my first 5k Friday challenge!  Sweaty, smelly, makeup-less, and finally… *soaking wet*…

… And lovin’ every minute of it!

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2 Responses to The Friday 5K Challenge- Week 1

  1. OMG!!! I am new to our blog, but just read your anemia post–The same thing happened to me, but my hemoglobin was down to FOUR!!! It has actually happened to me twice. The first time was due to bad diet. I was SEVERELY restricting my calories to lose my “freshmen 15,” and went too far. I was on iron twice a day and could not workout for a month. The second time I was in a very stressful and demanding master’s program while trying to train for a half-marathon. Two weeks before the race, I could barely finish two miles even though I had been training for weeks. This was the time that I hit hemoglobin of four. Obviously, I couldn’t run the race, but I learned a lot (I had a great doctor). I have given up vegetarianism. I HAVE to eat 3 oz of red meat per week. Although, you can get iron from other foods, your body absorbs it best from red meats. This has been the hardest change for me–but I did what my body needed–we are having steak tacos on Sunday (if they turn out good and you are okay with red meat, I will send the recipe). I also take iron daily with vitamin C and fiber. Because you destroy red blood cells each time your foot hits the ground, I up my iron supplement to twice a day in really heavy training–like a marathon or something.

    Glad you were able to get a run in–and take care of yourself!!!

  2. Megan says:

    I love when I happen on a sprikler. It’s the best.

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