Officially Registered & 1ST Outdoor Run

Posted: March 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

I did something exciting yesterday…

registration 2

I’m now officially registered for my first race! My first 5K in just 5 short weeks from tomorrow. FIVE! That will be here in the blink of an eye. It’s already been six weeks on the Couch to 5K program after all.

Over the last 6 weeks I have really grown to love running again. Yes, again. Back in high school I loved to run. I wanted to join the cross country team, but couldn’t because of cheerleading. I would even go on some training runs with friends on the team. Then, I fell off the exercise bandwagon in college and never went back to running when I finally embraced working out again. I never felt like I did it well enough.

Now, I recognize how its all about the personal challenge. I love having that sense of accomplishment with each run because each run brings a new challenge. That’s why I knew I had to get out and try something different for yesterday’s run. So, I donned my 4all by jofit jacket to brace the chill and took my run to the great outdoors!

1st outdoor run

I had very low expectations for this workout. After all, running outdoors has a lot more going on than on a treadmill. In an attempt to keep it as simple as possible, I first headed to a local greenway trail for a flat, out and back, no thinking required run. Umm, it was closed. I headed to the gym and almost just went in for the treadmill, but had anticipated running outdoors all day. So, I went for it.

run path

Once I got going I felt so good. I actually scrapped the Couch to 5K workout plan because I didn’t want the walking break. I just wanted to run. So you can imagine my surprise when, without even trying, I ended up with 3.2 miles in 29:35!!!

run 3-10

Oh, ^ that ^. Someone in our house *cough cough – Peter* can’t pass up a deal on techy equipment when he finds one. So, I am the proud owner of one of these bad boys despite my original intent to wait for one. I’m not complaining. I think its going to be a very useful tool for me. Plus, its fun to see things like this:

  • Mile 1 = 9:10
  • Mile 2 = 9:30
  • Mile 3 = 9:05
  • Mile 3 – 3.2 = 1:50
  • Average Pace = 9:15/mile <—I think that comes from a combo of wanting out of the chilly air and having to pee! It’s the only rational thing!

I honestly felt amazing the entire time. I think I had a cheesy smile plastered to my face because it just felt so good. I can’t wait to run outdoors again! 

1st outdoor run 2

Although it did make me quite hungry. I cam home and immediately devoured two of the following:


Black beans, corn, cheese, salsa, lettuce, and a bit of our cow-share beef on whole wheat tortillas. Super simple and delicious. I love taco night!

One last thing. I created an account on Daily Mile for workout inspiration and tracking of my workouts.


Click to add me as a friend! I would love to share the motivation. 🙂

And yes, I know I have clearly fallen hard for running. Don’t judge!

Question of the Day – Have you ever quickly fallen in love? How did it turn out? I think I have a good gut knowing whether or not I’ll love something for the long haul. It’s always worked for me – my marriage, deciding to have kids, passion for weight training, blogging, and hopefully now running.

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88 Comments to “Officially Registered & 1ST Outdoor Run”
  1. Great job on the run! That’s awesome! 🙂

  2. dang! you’re speedy!! 🙂 congrats on such a great run and for officially registering for your race!

  3. Stephany says:

    Girl, you’re a beast! Wow. Congrats on the amazing run and BIG CONGRATS on signing up for your first 5K.

  4. Helen says:

    Congrats on the race. I need to find a 5k to run in soon. I had my first one last October, but the winter dampened my running mood. I need to get back into the swing of it 🙂

  5. Mandy says:

    Great job girl!! Wooohoo!!

    I love running too 😉 As long as it isn’t more than 5 miles haha. But you already knew that!

  6. Coco says:

    Oh, you are going to rock that 5K! Heck, in 5 weeks you could be ready for the 10K!

    Running definitely was NOT love at first sight for me! I had to do x-country in HS b/c PE didn’t fit in my schedule and I hated it. No one told me to wear running tights or use Bodyglide to prevent my thighs from chafing raw–or maybe they didn’t have that stuff back then.

  7. Oh I fell in love hard today actually Tina! I went out to run after a whole year of not running! It was greaaat….reminded me of Xcountry, not to mention–great time to think ponder about life, and talk to God… 🙂 As long as I’m not dying.

  8. Amanda says:

    This is SO EXCITING! I know you are going to rock this 5k!! I am so excited to see your journey leading up to it over the next 5 weeks! 🙂

  9. I am beginning to *kind of* enjoy running- at least I don’t hate it anymore.
    Yay for the 5k, and you look great!

  10. Groff's Girl says:

    That is excellent!! I am so glad your first outoor run was so successful!! I had a bit of a bodily meltdown this morning when I was setting out to go for a 5 miler…re-scheduled for tomorrow. It will be the first time trying to run STRAIGHT for anything farther than 3.2…It is great to fall in love with something that is so good for you! I used to be kinda anti-Jillian Michaels (for no absolute reason at all) I just assumed it would be your typical workout videos…I am now IN LOVE with her yoga meltdown and shred series!!! It is great to experience puppy love again 😉

    • Tina says:

      Haha! Yes. Gotta have that puppy love excitement somewhere. I haven’t tried Jillian’s workouts. I do think she comes up with good stuff though from what I’ve heard.

      Hope your run goes great!

  11. Emily says:

    reading about your glee for running and your first 5k is awesome! can’t wait to hear alllll about your experience.

  12. jassy says:

    you’re looking good 🙂

  13. Lee says:

    Great job Tina! You are going to do great at the 5K.

  14. I LOVE running outside!

  15. That’s a fast run! Great job 🙂

  16. I feel the same way about rediscovering yoga! When I originally tried it back in the day (when I was 18) I wasn’t a huge fan, but 10 years later and almost a full year ago now when I decided to give it a go again, it was almost instant love and it has truly changed my life!! 🙂

  17. Congrats on a great run!!! That’s awesome… and really excited that you are registered to run your first 5km.

    I am using the Forerunner 205 (borrowed it from a friend until after my race) and I have no idea how to use it really. How did you find out your splits/pace per km? Any advice you could give me to figure this thing out would be greatly appreciate. Thank you!

    • Tina says:

      You have to setup the AutoLap function for a mile so it will get your splits. I think its under training on the main menu (hit the mode button to get there). And I was able to get the splits after plugging in my Garmin. It immediately brought up the Trainer program and when I clicked on that date’s run it had it listed out in a table at the top. I hope that makes sense! That’s the best I can explain it.

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