Week 5 progress towards 5K!!

5 Mar

I started out the week with an elliptical routine and similar to the week before my heartbeats per minute (BPM) were really high!! Around 193 despite slowing down, deep breathing etc.  The ideal range for my age and weight is around 120 to 160 BPM so this was significantly higher than I knew it should be.  I brought it up with the doctor and he was concerned and asked if it was that high when doing walking, running, or biking?  I told him no and he told me he would like for me to stop using the elliptical for now 😦  I was very disappointed but what that means is I just need to really focus on the running intervals and increase this weeks run/walks to 1.5 miles.  I continue to have pain where the deep laceration was in the back of my upper left thigh.  But I know that the more I use the muscles around it and keep pushing the area, the more strength it will have.

I almost met my goal of going 15 miles this week with a total of 14.56 miles! 🙂 I was planning on doing an outdoor run on Saturday and we had all kinds of crazy storms and it was just too cold.  The last thing I need is a cold! So I will repeat this distance goal again for this week and also add running 2 times to it.

My totals this week were:

Walk/run – 1.25

Elliptical – 1.21

Biking – 12.10

Only 3 weeks left until my first 5K!! And there are low moments in all of this and so I have to remind myself to stay focused on why I am doing this.  I suffered a traumatic brain injury, I had to relearn how to walk and am still learning to have balance, I have come so far and I have to continue to fight…for Glen…and for my children.

Here is the news story on the day I was released from the hospital. My final quote in the interview is that “He taught me so much about being a better parent and I want to continue doing those things for the kids.”  So I have to motivate myself daily to want to physically regain the strength necessary to parent a 2 and a 6 year old.  Having such high expectations for my running goals is my means of getting there.

Mother released from hospital, woman charged in fatal accident – CBS Atlanta 46.


2 Responses to “Week 5 progress towards 5K!!”

  1. Jenna March 5, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    It is amazing how far you’ve come, Sandra. I was watching the news clip and it brought tears to my eyes once again. But this time there was joy in those tears because you’re doing exactly what you said you’d do. I know Glen must be so proud of you!

  2. Vanessa March 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    You have motivated me to start running! You’re amazing and I hope to sign up for my first 5k soon!

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