On Saturday August 4, 2012 I ran my first ever 5k, The Color Run. When we got there there were THOUSANDS of people everywhere!! Many had costumes, tutus, wigs, etc. A lot of craziness! I was waiting in line to start running for over an hour. There were THAT many people at this event.
When it was my groups turn to go we were off! The first color we ran into was Yellow (1k). It was so powdery and I could barely breathe! The next color was Orange (2k) but it wasn’t bad. When we got to the water station they yelled “Keep going! You are half way there!” WHAT??! Half way already?? I wasn’t even that tired! Hard to believe I already ran 1.5 miles! When I got to the next color Burgundy (3k) I was starting to feel it. And I was definitely tired when I got to the last color Blue (4k).
Throughout the run I had to run around people and walk a couple times because it was so packed. But the last 200 meters or so I booked it! I picked it up and ran fast!! I guess it’s the track & field training that was drilled into me. No matter how tired I can always find some kind of energy to push myself at the end.
At the end they gave out granola bars, had music playing, and people were throwing their color packets in the air, covering people in MORE color!! It was awesome!
I am proud to say I successfully ran 3.1 miles and lived to tell the tale! Well technically 3.24 miles since running around people made my run a little longer. I completed it in 42 minutes. Its kind of hard to say what my exact time was because of the crowds and I had to wait for traffic to pass. I can’t wait for my next 5k in November: Run To Feed The Hungry!
My boyfriend and his dad joined me! So much fun. I can’t wait to do this again next year.
So my bf is going into Physical Therapy and he wanted to calculate my V02 max.
VO2 max, or maximal oxygen uptake, is one factor that can determine an athlete’s capacity to perform sustained exercise and is linked to aerobic endurance.
To test me, he had me run a mile and a half straight. I have NEVER run a mile and a half straight. Even when I was in amazing athletic condition in high school I never ran more than a mile straight. I was always a sprinter in track, I played basketball, and P.E never tested you for more than a mile, so I never really ran long distance. I ran 1.5 miles on Saturday and I’m happy to say that I did it! I ran 1.5 miles straight! Extremely SLOW running, but I didn’t stop. I ran it in 19 min, 42 seconds.
Anyways, he calculated my V02 Max and it is 20.3. Healthy for women my age is 35. That is not good at all! I am happy that I know I can run 1.5 straight, but extremely sad because my oxygen intake is really poor.
I know that if I continue doing HIIT (high-intensity interval training) with a combination of steady state exercise and resistance training that my v02 max will improve in time, but it’s frustrating to see my initial result being so low.
And I only have 11 weeks until I do The Color Run 5k!
I’m going to the gym tonight. No if, ands, or buts.
Note: If you’d like to calculate your V02 max like I did here is the link with the formula: http://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/Handouts/pdfs/cardiorespiratory_fitness.pdf
To get myself motivated to workout and run, I’ve signed up for THE COLOR RUN 5K! OMG What did I just do??! lol! This is my first EVER 5K in my whole life. It’s about time don’t you think?! It’s on August 4th, so that gives me 11 weeks to train to run for at LEAST 2 miles! I am going to use this as a motivation to run 3-4 days a week and lift in between.
Here are a few mini goals for myself:
- Run a 5k in under 30 minutes
- Run at least four 5ks a year!
- Run a 10k once in my life!
I’m not a long distance runner. But I really would like to be! I at least want to have the stamina for it. The Color Run should be tons of fun! Pray for me guys! lol