New personal best

September 16, 2009

I set a new personal best on my 5K run last night!! My previous outdoor record was 32:15, although this was with waiting for traffic lights because I forgot that I could pause my Nike+ while waiting for them (oops). So on this run I did the 5K in 30:51!! I even walked for a minute on a long hill just so I could catch my breath a little. I’m so excited!!

I have my 5K coming up on October 4th and I would LOVE to have a time under 30 minutes. I feel like I’m well on my way there with less than a minute to shave off. If I work on my endurance and don’t have to take any walking breaks I know I could do it!

Oh and other good news about the 5K… I surpassed my goal of raising $150 and have now raised $185 with 18 days to raise even more!!

On another note, with training for this 5K I feel so much better about myself overall. My goal has become fitness and I’m really focusing on fueling my body properly to work out rather than worrying about calories and how my body looks. I really like the shift in focus and I think I’m going to aim for fitness goals from now on. Hitting the 5K mark and then improving my times has been such a boost in my confidence and self-esteem since it feels great to reach new personal bests and see how much I’m improving. And I feel strong and I’m appreciating that my legs are muscular and can allow me to run 5K rather than focusing on them being too big, or too this/that. It’s really made my appreciate my body in a whole new way and I love it!

Well, I’m off to finish getting ready for school. I have class at 11:30 this morning so I’ve got to get a move on!


Back to the books

September 14, 2009

It’s that time of year again. Today was my first day back to class.

It was a pretty uneventful day. After all, I’m only taking three classes (it’s all I need to finish my undergrad), two of which are on campus while one is online. Somehow I still have to be on campus four days a week, for a 1.5 hour class each day. Boo! I guess on the bright side it means that I’m not stuck in class for hours each day and I still get Fridays off!

Anyway, class this morning. I forgot that everyone turns into a super keener on day one and arrived five minutes before class started to find about 5 empty seats. Yikes! For some reason we’re packed in a classroom that’s too small for the number of students. I hate hate hate that classroom too. It brings back bad memories of research methods and my prof who clearly hated his life for the 50 minutes 3 times per week that he had to lecture us about correlation and random sampling. Thankfully this prof seems more upbeat about the class, though it kind of sucked to not receive a hard-copy course outline. Apparently making the students print their own is a money saving tactic. Great.

After class I proceeded to work for a meeting and then proceeded to slack of for a little while before actually doing any work. Just a normal day in the lab!

Tomorrow I have my other on campus course. We have five students. Yeah. Seriously. I’m surprised they didn’t cancel it but it’s a core class for the research stream that I’m in so they’d better not. It’ll be a busy class and I’ll be hating APA by the end, but I think it’ll be fun too!

I’ve taken a peek at my online class. Thankfully that was before WebCT suddenly decided that our discussion board should be in Chinese. I guess I should be thankful I could log in at all because it was being pretty spastic about working earlier. Yeah, I really have no idea what’s going on with that thing sometimes. I’m almost going to miss it in a weird way. Hating WebCT, the school email, and Loris (the online course registration system) is all part of being a student at my school!

In other news… I ran my first outdoor 5K ever on Saturday night. And are my quads ever hating today. Ow, ow, ow. It probably didn’t help that I went for a walk on Sunday night and then decided to walk 25 minutes home from school today (I left campus at 3:45ish which means dealing with an excess of high school kids on the buses which I try to avoid whenever possible). Anyway, I tracked it on my Nike+ and it gave me a time of 32:15. Not the best, but also not bad considering my previous personal best was 31:53 on the treadmill and I know a lot of people say running on the treadmill is way easier. Oh, and the 32:15 time included some time spent waiting at traffic lights because I blanked out on pausing the Nike+. I kind of realized I could have done that after I’d gone for the run. Ooops! Oh well! I’ve mapped out a new course near my house that has a) no traffic lights and b) less hills (my Saturday run route pretty much started with a hill in the first kilometre and I really started feeling that later on).

But I’m proud of getting it done and I’m feeling super amped about the Run for the Cure! I’m up to $135 in donations so only $15 to go before hitting my goal! I found out the other day I get a custom run t-shirt. I’m running for the Lakehead University team, which, by the way, is not my school but a friend goes there so I managed to get in on it. I’m from the same town as one of their satellite campuses so I’m sure that counts for something, right?

So the plan for the 5K is to run outside 3-4 times per week depending on how much time I have. I want to do my 5K loop a couple more times to get used to it before really working on my time and distance. I think I would die of happiness if I could post a time under 30 minutes on the day of the 5K!

Anyway, I’m off to poke around on WebCT and see if I can do anything about my one course being in Chinese since I might like to get started on learning about Freud for the seventh time in my undergrad!

CIBC Run for the Cure

September 5, 2009

Happy Saturday everyone!

I just signed up for the CIBC Run for the Cure. It’s a 5K run to support breast cancer research. This will be my first 5K and I’m already so excited! It’s next month, October 4, 2009.

I just thought I’d write a little about why I’m running. My mom’s best friend lost her mom to breast cancer when she was in her late teens. Years later, when my mom’s friend was in her 40s, she was diagnosed as well. It hit my mom really hard and of course, knowing my mom’s friend well, it was difficult for me and my dad too. She’s been really strong throughout the whole process and I’m happy to say she’s doing well with it at this point, but there have been some scary moments. So it means a lot to me to be able to raise money in hopes that it will help people like my mom’s friend and all the others out there who have breast cancer.

I’ve set a fund raising goal of $150, but I would love to be able to raise even more. If anyone on BTL would like to sponsor me, it would be greatly appreciated! It’s a great cause and whatever you can donate is fine. Every little bit can help! If you go to the link below, you can donate online using a credit card.

Click here to go to the donation page.

Thanks so much to everyone and I can’t wait until next month!