1st 5K completed Thanksgiving Morning 11/22/2012

OK, so I wanted to get this posted up. I just completed my first 5K event. The

Krogh’s Turkey Trot 5K, Sparta New Jersey: Results: 33:48 chip time

http://www.coolrunning.com/results/12/nj/Nov22_Kroghs_6_set1.shtml

First and foremost I want to thank my wife for supporting me in this, with out her love and support, I would not be able to accomplish most of my crazy endeavors.  We went to the pasta dinner/package pickup the night before.. Probably will not do that again, as a scoop of pasta and 2 small pieces of bread left me more famished than full. But the excitement of picking up my first race bib was incredible. Thankfully they had a display on how to attach the bib, as I really wasn’t sure what or how to attach. With the timing chip antennae in the back of it, they stressed not to bend it, or puncture it.  Needless to say it wasn’t rocket science, but was glad to have the information.

It was a very cold day, starting off at 26 degrees when my wife and I left the house. Being a member of the zipper club I have been on blood thinners since 2003. I have a mechanical valve which I can hear ticking, and have to be careful not to push it too much. Every winter it takes me awhile to get used to the cold again.  We parked about a 1/2 mile from the start of the race. Not knowing what to expect, we arrived about an hour early. Thankfully my wife had picked me up some running tights and a long sleeve dry-wick shirt w/Thumb holes.  It was quite cold.. Did I mention that? There was a lot of activity in the area, local businesses opened to provide food & hot drinks, other businesses setup booths and gave out items such as Hand Warmers (which I grabbed a pack of and opened them right away). After walking around a bit and taking it all in, we went into The Boardwalk at Lake Mohawk to warm up a bit, did I mention it was cold. I wanted to see the 1 mile fun run, so we headed out to watch the start of it. It really got me going, they even had a starter pistol. I don’t know if that is normal, but it was a first for me. It was cute seeing the younger kids running off, and coming back. There were quite a few adults running with them too.

Being this was my first 5K, I lined up about 3/4 of the way back, hoping for a 35 minute or better time, and researching times from last year, I figured that was a safe bet. They stated that the time was based off of when you past the start line, not based on the gun time. I found out later, that they placed people based on gun time, not chip time. It took me almost 3.5 minutes to get to the start. I run based on my heart rate, and it was quickly up to 180 bpm on my heart monitor. I didn’t quite believe it, since I couldn’t feel my heart beating at that pace, So I pushed on.  I tried some controlled breathing techniques which brought my heart rate back into the 160’s. That is when I slowed it down. After a minute of running slower, it still wasn’t below the 150 mark, which is what I shoot to keep it under. So I walked for a minute and 1/2 to bring it down to 130, and then started running again. I made it to the 1/2 way mark and got cut off right at the turn, just like someone making a left hand turn from the right hand lane.. lol

With about a 1/2 mile to go, I saw someone on the side cheering me on. It was my Vice President from work. He used to run until some knee issues, and he showed up to cheer me on. It was the boost that I needed to finish strong. When the finish line came into site with about 2/10 of a mile to go, I started to sprint the best I could.I crossed the finish line, found my wife, and got some water. We hung out for a little while hoping they would post the official times, my MapMyRun program on my Droid showed me at just over 34 minutes, so I was pretty sure I broke my 35 minute time I was hoping for.  Later on that night I saw it posted up on their website at 33:48 chip time. I am very very happy about that.

I am signed up with my wife for the Philadelphia Commitment Day 5K, and am really looking forward to that. I am hooked on running for as long as my body will allow me.  I would like to run a 10K in 2013, and possibly a  duathon that they hold that is 2 mile running, 16 mile bike, and 2 miles running. Then a Pikermi in 2014. Goals to get to are, under 30 5K, under 60 10K, and under 2 hour Pikermi!

 

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The Time Comes

There is always something in your life that is the deciding moment of when you have had enough of not being able to do much.  Mine came when out Turkey hunting this past spring with my father.  The hunt itself is another story for another blog, but what happened on the way out was my wake-up call.  Now my father is not old by any means, at 67 years young he keeps plenty busy with all sorts of outdoor adventures.  On our way out to setup one morning, I had to ask him to stop, so I could catch my breath.  How crazy is that, I had to stop to catch my breath, as my dad sat there and laughed a little, jesting that it is not as easy as it looks. I realized right then and there that I had to do something.  When I got home, I told my wife about it, and we started researching gyms. We joined Planet Fitness shortly after, Price was right, and it was 2 miles from the house, open 24×7 M-F(10pm) S&S 7-7.. can’t beat that. We started working out together and our 14 year old was our motivation to get out the door, as she wanted to work out also. We met with the personal trainer about 2 weeks later, and learned that we were doing things the right way (love all the other blogs out there for their information on working out). So we started exercising and eating better (I’d say right, but it is a life style change, not a diet, and I do eat what I want, I just control portions better). I Started running around June 2012, and really fell back in love with it. Set my sights on a 5K Turkey trot, and was able to complete that in better time than I had anticipated. I even trained for it throughout the summer, while on was on vacation. Two weeks of either Running or Bike riding. Plus some paddling on the lake. Things are going much better, and I’m starting to train for a 10K this year.

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Months out

Continuing with short recap to catch me up to 2012….

I struggled with trying to stay up late, and if woken up in the middle of the night, I would not be able to function the next day. I had spent 12 years as a Volunteer EMT and tried returning to that, but being woken up and having to call into work the next day was not working out.  I had to resign from the Rescue Squad. That was a very tough time.

My youngest daughter was in Karate, Tang-Soo-Do, so my wife and I joined.  The instructor worked with me very closely, knowing what I had been through. Within a year, my wife and I were testing for our red belts. The test included an all nighter, practicing and testing, morning 1 mile jog/walk, more testing… etc…. I made it through, first night actually staying up over 24 hours. From that point forward I was able to handle late nights better.

I struggle with my weight over the years peaking at 294 pounds, when I saw that on the scale, I couldn’t take it, and dropped 8 pounds that week. My eating was taking over.. 286 seemed to be my balance weight.  In January 2010, my wife and I tried WW… She joined online and I supported her by doing it with her. I was able to lose 25 pounds. I was also walking with a friend at work, and when I was working at home, about 15-20 miles per week. Then I got off of that diet and gained back to 281.

And so starts the journey from January 2012…….

 

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Post OHS

My surgery was scheduled for a Tuesday, I was up and walking in my room by Wednesday afternoon, walking the halls on Thursday, and sent home on Saturday. The worst part was on Friday when they pulled the chest tubes out, that hurt the worst.  No PT since I was up and walking on my own so quickly.  I only lost around 7 pounds after my surgery, I was walking on my own, and went back to work after 7 weeks. Part boredom, part necessity.

 

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Late Start

OK, so I’m starting this a bit late, but not too late.  I had open heart surgery in Sept of 2003. Since then I’ve struggled with weight, lack of energy, and overall ho-humness (is that a word?)  So I’ve challenged myself to start running again, and set a 5K goal for the fall. So over the next few weeks I will discuss what got me here and where I’m hoping to head to. Wish me luck, and I am open to any and all good advice.

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