Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcoming 2012

Today not only starts the New Year, but also our half marathon training... I scheduled a 5km virtual event to kick it off.... the Resolution Run as laid out by Amanda on her blog Run to the Finish.

Resolution Run 5 km - Virtual

Our original plan was to run after lunch... but The Captain checked the Weather Channel at 10:30 a.m. and declared that it was already as warm as it was going to get today... only 4°C , which is about 39°F.  So, we got into our warm running gear, put on our race bibs, took a couple of pictures...

and off we went...

We ran a familiar 5 km route around this hilly neighborhood we are currently living in, and it was so great to be out!  It was actually a pretty nice morning and there were lots of people out walking and running.   One woman we passed by, who was walking her dog, said to us "Oh resolutions.  Only 365 more to go."  I laughed and waved... guess she thinks I am going to run every day.  Hah!  I am not.

When we ran through an area protected from the chilly breeze that was blowing, I removed my headband and gloves and put them in my jacket pocket, and then removed my jacket too, and tied it around my waist... so nice to be able to do that when I have no water bottle attached to me.

We did 10/1 run/walk intervals and I had to remind The Captain to walk faster during the walk intervals and to run slower during the run intervals.  Yes, I am going to really enjoy being our Coach as well as his running partner during our half marathon training!

As we ran up the last hill, I slowed down A LOT and had to really encourage myself to keep running and not stop to walk... but I made it and I was really happy to round the corner at the top of the hill to run a couple of more blocks of straight and level road.

We completed the 5 km in 36.5 minutes and I am happy with that!

W2 R36.5 @10/1 W4
stretch 5 minutes

When we came indoors, I drank 2 large glasses of water before starting our smoothies... a banana, vanilla yogurt, skim milk and cinnamon for The Captain... and the same with blueberries for me.

I drank it right out of the blender jar while I stretched!

A great start to the New Year and to our half marathon training.

How did you welcome 2012?


  1. I did a 5k this morning too - it's gorgeous weather here with blue skies, but brrrr cold!

    Happy 2012!

  2. Yep, I knew my cold today wasn't real cold.

    Good luck on your half marathon training. I know you will do great!

  3. Pictures! Pictures! You guys look fantastic! :) I am so glad you and Mr. Captain are running. Sounds like so much fun to do together.

    I volunteered at a local 5K today (no running until tomorrow due to resting) and it was awesome. I had a lot of fun cherring runners on. I was directing runners at the 2 mile marker.

    Happy New Year!!

  4. I did an 8 mile run and the first 5 miles were great but the last three were into the wind and CHILLY! My hands got so cold I kept having to stuff them under my coat to warm them up!

    Glad you had a great run!

  5. Great way to start 2012 - and your smoothie sounds great!

  6. what a fantastic start to 2012!! I only did a few stretches, crunches and push ups on New Years Day - woke up late (and Bit dehydrated) and had to quickly get ready for a family event that lasted all day - I saved my energy and waited til I was hydrated on Monday - missed the resolution run - but am going to get on my half marathon training as well!

  7. great run and great way to start the new year!

  8. I love the pics!! Your half marathon schedule looks good too. The long run is VERY important. A male runner friend of mine always told me, don't ever skip the long run (unless you're injured). Run/walk it if you have to get through it. I may have mentioned Hal Higdon;check him out on FB or I have followed his advice since my first marathon.


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