Filed under: healthy, workout | Tags: bull run, fitness, fitness application, fun run, healthy, phil heath run, run keeper, running
I promised myself that this year, I would stay fit. One way for me to do so was to keep track of my exercises so that I would be able to see my progress. Losing weight is only one part the most people know about being fit. What a lot of us don’t realize is that there is so much to learn about being healthy. One thing that keeps us fit is: GOALS. We all need goals so that we know how to push ourselves to be better. I decided to get a couple of applications for my iPhone so that it would be easier for me to track things down.
Since I’ve been pushing myself to start running, I got this app called Run Keeper. It keeps track of all my running. What’s cool about it is that it uses GPS so that it can track down where you run with a map. I’ve used it for the last two fun runs I did. I love that it has different stats so that I can compare how I did and what improvements I’ve made (if I made any at all).
You start off by inputing data like if you’re gonna track your run as of the moment using GPS or manually like when you use a treadmill. I love the GPS feature because it records the path you take while running. I also love that it notes down your pace so that you can tell how fast or slow you’re going per kilometer. Music can be played in the background but beware of THE VOICE!!! Dun-dun-dun. She’ll tell you if you’re going 11 minutes/km hahaha! That means pick up your pace a bit you granny! Oh, and mind you…
Here’s my progress from the first two runs I did. They were both 5k runs. I’m not entirely sure about the statistic of my second run but it was probably because the finish like was in a weird place (excuses).
BULL RUN 2013
PHIL HEALTH RUN 2013
I think I did better on my second run. I wasn’t as tired as I was during the Bull Run but I think I pushed more during the Phil Health Run. I went 15 minutes straight without stopping which is a HUGE improvement for me. I’m pretty happy with my accomplishment but I know I gotta work it like anything! Til the next fun run!
Ever had that one class where they bug you to write about your Christmas vacation? I remember when our teacher would ask us to write a short story about the holidays and along with that, our resolution for the new year. A lot of people have goals and and lot of those goals don’t push through. I’ve had my fair share of those unfulfilled resolutions as well. This year though, I wanted it to be different. I wanted this year to be kick ass! I put a list of all the things I wanted to do for the year but the number one thing that I wanted to focus on was: FITNESS.
Here’s one thing that people don’t know about me: I eat like a monster! Food is my hobby. The downside to that though is that I’m not eating healthy. If you eat like a monster, I guess you’re going to end up looking like one too. Here’s when Tabitha the talking tummy and Sally cellulite start become you’re best friends. They are the mean girls here. Believe me. Stay away from their minions Freddie fast food!
5K here we go!
So to start my path to being fit, I decided to join a fun run last January called the 2013 Bull Run. I was invited by Mars Callo who is just amazing! She runs a mean 21K and can even fight for a 42K run! How cool is that?! I have only been to two fun runs and on both occasions, I ran 3K. You could just imagine my face when I found out I was signed up for 5K. I didn’t think I could do it. I was sooooo scared, mainly because I don’t really run a lot and I was afraid of what could happen.
This is Spartaaaaa!
Mars and I
During my first lap I was breezing past the other runners. During my second lap those runners were passing by ME! I kind of thought of it like a pie eating contest where you don’t rush into eating all the pies but if you eat them gracefully then you shall end gracefully. I wasn’t anywhere near graceful. I was staggering and trying to keeps up with my friends. I would catch up with them and then slowly fall behind. My “abs” (better known as flabs) would ache from time to time so that really slowed me down. My friend Mars told me to just raise my arms up and shout. Give me a “HA”. I think I gave more of a HA-HA-HA though!
I could finally see the finish line. I could hear Forest Gump shouting in my ear, “Run, Megan, Run”. And run I did. I ran for my life. I was all smiles and so were the other runners whether they ran 3K, 5K, 10K or 21K. It felt so good to finish that 5K run. I may have had a bit of a hard time but I’m glad I pushed myself. Sometimes you really need to push yourself out of your comfort zone to get better. That’s why this year, I’m pushing it all the way to healthy. Oh yeah.
Chubby Cheeks is ready for 2013! HAHAHA