Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I May Just Be A Runner Yet

On Saturday I did a coopers test. For those of you that don't know what this is, you run/walk for 12 minutes as fast as you can without huffing and puffing for 12 mins. Then you take the distance you went and go by a scale that tells you your fitness lvl. The first time I did one of these I didn't even fall on the scale. This time I ranked as Bad at .948 miles. Hey not great but I am getting there. Then I came home bragged a bit to my sister in law then we went on a hike that was supposed to be 6 miles.

Remember, she walked a 10k, that is what started all this. But lately she has been backing off on working out and hasn't been doing as much. Well at 2 miles out she wanted to turn back. So we did. I was a little disapointed but I understand when you just can't do it.

I was going to run yesterday but it was way to freaking cold out there for me to even want to go back out once I got home from work. So I put it off until tonight.

But first, I signed up for another 5k today. I don't plan on running this one totally as it's in 2 weeks. But work is sponsoring it, so I figured I should do it :P Of course they won't let me in free but it is for a good cause so I am ok with that.

Now tonight's run...

Well I have to confess I have been a wimp when it comes to running outside this winter. The cold tears me up when I try to run in it. But tonight, it was cold. Really cold. But I wasn't not running and I didn't want to do the treadmill. So I went outside and did it. I did a 1 min run 2 min walk program. My goal was to finish this program with warm up and cool down in the distance of a 5k. I did fall a little short I did exactly 3 miles. But this is also the first time I ran hills up and down. It was fun and I really didn't want to quit, but I also don't want to hurt myself so I stopped. Was a wonderful run. Avg HR 136 max 167.

Tomorrow night I am doing the steps and this time, baring death (kidding) I am getting 5 times up in. Wish me luck :)


Sarah said...

Way to go Stan! I can't wait to hear your 5K race report!

Good luck with the stairs...sounds like such a great workout. If I lived anywhere near you I would join you. :)

spirit_in_me said...

Stan you are doing so great!! When I did my first coopers test I was very poor which was a real eye opener for me. I am so glad you are improving so consistently.

Betsy said...

Hey! There are two 5ks in my neck of the woods. Let me know if you're interested.

Great on your progress! :)

Tanya said...

You're doing really well, Stan. I am so impressed with your stair climbing-good luck!

Happyrunningbunny said...

Good luck on the steps!

I hope it warms up for you soon. It is so much more enjoyable to run when the weather is nice. I don't like the treadmill either :(

Stan said...

Thanks everyone :) Gonna post about the stairs so I will leave that stuff for that post :)