So here’s the deal, I ran a 5K this morning and I’m not gonna lie, it was kinda hard this time. My legs were already shot from playing basketball the day before, so I was really scared that I would not be able to even do it. Turned out that I did fine, but it got me thinking, why do I even do these races?
You see with 5Ks, it’s not all running and tiring yourself out. There is so much more. Normally, I can’t even run this distance when I am running at the gym. But when there are all these people running, I am able to run non-stop and try to better myself. It’s just that mindset that I cannot get if I wasn’t in a race. So if you are thinking about doing a 5K, this is my take on that.
Best time: 29:22
Not bad considering I had sore legs and ankles from yesterday and was only 50 seconds more than my previous time. If I was 100% today, I think I could have beaten my time. I got to the 1 mile mark at about 8:08 which would be my fastest mile too, so I was on track but its all good. I definitely do NOT recommend running on a bad set of legs.
Tip of the day: Don’t do any exercise the day before the race.
P.S. I wore my Do Life shirt to this race too. Thanks Ben Davis (bendoeslife)
Today was a nice run in Baldwin Park. For those of you who don’t know, Baldwin Park is a nice area of Orlando which features very nice houses and exquisite shopping and dining options, but most importantly, the views. At Baldwin, there is a long running trail that circles around Lake Baldwin. Me and my friend helloorganics went around for a run today and probably will go again tomorrow. We had a fun time and photoshoot.
Here’s me stretching
Looks like Cali
At the bridge
It’s hard to believe that I once was 195 lbs.
I know back when I took this pic, I thought I looked fine. But once the weight came off, I saw that I did need to lose weight. Here I am now.
I am so glad I found something to do while I wait for optometry school, and that is losing weight. It’s just fun now to go to the gym and exercise. I used to go to the gym before and do a little exercise here and there and think it was enough. Thanks to my friends, I was able to work out correctly and transform myself to a thinner me. Goal is to have a 6 pack by August, lol in my dreams.
So this is the first time I have heard this phrase before, but it is exactly what I am going through. I am trying to get a six pack by August and what the term means is that you have rock hard abs but they are covered by a layer of fat (mud). So I am struggling to get rid of my “mud” but it is so hard. Does anyone know how to get rid of body fat most effectively?
Okay, so I posted an experiment earlier and lemme say that it actually is working. I have no idea why I didn’t record my weight before, but my weight now, as of this morning was 159.8. (my weight at the beginning was like 165 ish)
With this workout, I have been taking day breaks and I noticed that I am still maintaining my weight loss that started when I began this experiment like 2 weeks ago, I think. My boss was the one that told me about this and when I told him it was working, he started bragging that he was a fitness expert, it was so funny lol. So far, I’ve done about 5 of these workouts and I have already lost weight.
But anyways, the workout that I did isn’t anything new that no one has done before, its just something I haven’t done before. Maybe I should start P90x again. I remember stopping after week 4, but P90x was what actually started my weight loss goals and provided a catalyst for my exercise habits to the point where I could go to the gym and make my own workout without relying on a video. But I want to start the program again with me in better shape now than I was before to see if it will get me to meet my fitness goals.
Anyways, I’m gonna keep doing the experiment for a few more weeks, just until optometry school starts. Now that I have a weight posted, I can see what my weight is in August. For now, cya laterss
So, my friend Justine asked me to do this event with her and I have to say, I kinda wanted to do it. A 12 mile course with ice cold water, a run through fire, ropes courses, a electric shock sprint, and need I say it … tons of MUD! I really wanted to do this as a personal goal, but this year, I won’t be able to since I have a final on that day. Bummer … maybe another year, the race will be at a different date.
So, I am doing a 5k in the morning (Fighting Hunger 5k) and I am doing a something crazy. The Do Life tour is stopping by Orlando at 10:15 AM and guess what, I’m doing that too! I really wanted to participate in the Do Life tour ever since Ben posted that he was going to do the tour and it happened to coincide with another 5k I was doing that morning at 7:30. I must be crazy attempting two 5k’s back-to-back, but the Do Life 5k is for fun, so I won’t kill myself on that one. Picture it as a 10k split into two different sessions. I think I will be able to do it. My goal is to get under 27 minutes for my 5k in the morning and then a fun run with Ben and the other fitblrs at 10:15. Do you think I can do both 5ks?
So today was the day that I did two 5ks in a row. One was timed, one was for fun. Both had their own perks but I believe the 5k I did for fun was the best one I have ever done. Here’s the breakdown:
Fighting Hunger 5k
This 5k was pretty tough for some reason. My goal was to get under 27 minutes but that didn’t happen. I started out way too fast and for about a mile I was 7 people behind the leader of the pack, but I definitely couldn’t keep that up. I was aiming too high and ended up with a slower time than my last 5k. On my phone (below) it said I did the course in 29:20, but on the official results, my time was 29:31. I could have been faster but I burned myself out so fast. Never again lol.
In the end, we still had a great time with all the free drinks and bananas and oranges, lol. Me and my friend started at different paces and ended up finishing 2 people apart which was kinda cool, but proved that I burned out quick. Next time, I will try to keep a steady pace throughout.
Do Life Tour 5k
Now for the fun stuff. This 5k was so relaxed and there were about 36 people that participated, so it was really fun. This run was different from any other 5k I have done because 1) it was for fun, and 2) I actually had a conversation with the other runners during the race, which I never do. The race consisted of other bloggers and people that follow the Do Life Movement. It was such a great experience because I really got to get to know the people I was running with. In a normal 5k, people usually keep to themselves and their own groups. In those races, you are just a number, but in this 5k, everyone was given their chance to shine and each person finished the race with a round of applause by those who already finished.
The course was pretty nice on the West Orange Trail which is a beautiful bike trail that runs for I believe 12 miles. We commandeered a course of 1.55 miles so that it totaled 3.1 from start to finish. I was able to keep up with Jed and a couple other guys for about 2 miles but I was still kinda burnt out from the first 5k that I had to take a walk break a couple times and ended up finishing right after them. In the end, it was an experience that I am glad to have been a part of.
After the race, we headed to Four Rivers which is an amazing barbecue restaurant. All the runners that decided to eat after were able to speak to each other and share their stories. Ben and Jed were really cool and easy to talk to. I wish them all the best of luck on their tour. Pa was kinda behind-the-scenes but he was a really cool dude as well. Everyone took pics and had a great time and I definitely will go to this tour again if they do it next year.
Me and Ben (I wanted to take pics with Pa and Jed as well but I didn’t for some reason)
I know the race wasn’t timed, but this is just what my phone said. For all you guys that are contemplating on whether or not to do the Do Life tour, please do it. Ben, Jed, and Pa are such great guys and are doing this for you guys. For more information, check the links below:
Ben’s blog: Ben Does Life
Jed’s blog: Life Does Jed
Pa’s blog: Pa Does Life
Anyways, sorry for the long post, but check them out. Cya guys later…
So today’s 3 mile run took place on the treadmill, but I wanted it to be outside. It’s hard to get a good time on the treadmill for some reason.
Anyways, I really need to find a trail with a good distance. I got a few long distances coming up so I need to find a place. And a track for interval training. Uh, Orlando why do you suck for running?
Look what I found while cleaning up my room getting ready for school. Its my first racing medal ever. I forgot I even had this. I got the medal in 7th grade for a mile run I did. 8th place! Lol.
Anyways, i’m thinking about running 4 miles today instead of my scheduled 3 miles for training.