30 Day Challenge Day 9

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With this session, I tried to knock out some miles in my Yes.Fit 2020 challenge with my desk bike and basically did as many miles as I could stand. I was aiming for 10 but around 6 (obviously) my legs were trembling from the hip down. I could barely stand and almost hit the floor trying to dismount the damn thing. I don’t know if this is a sign that I’m pushing myself too hard or that I’m not pushing myself hard enough.

Either way, DAMN my legs hurt!

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30 Day Challenge Day 7

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Giving myself the option of doing a different workout was a great idea. I did a long ride on my desk bike. It messed up my stats a little in terms of finishing a mile in a certain amount of time but eh, I’m not all that concerned about that. The whole point is to make sure I move every day. And this is a great way to shave off some miles on my yearly challenges.

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30 Day Challenge Day 6

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Hooo boy! Did I ever make up for yesterday!

There is something about that third interval that always makes me wanna take an extra break but so far, I’ve resisted. I keep telling myself that if I’ve made it this far – week 11 into the program – that there’s no reason to wimp out now.

I am looking into some other sorts of training after this program is over but I’m torn between the 5k training in the Zombies Run! app or redoing c25k with the speed turned up. It’d be cool to be able to beat my best time for a 5k.

I also need to complete the 10k virtual race missions in the Zombies Run! app. It’s bugging me that my missions aren’t complete. I’m trying to unlock all the achievements in the app. We’ll see because I won’t be home forever. Eventually, I’ll be back to work and not able to use my lunch hour to go run then eat at the computer. I have no interest at all in running half marathons or full marathons. If a zombie is chasing me more than 10km, it deserves to get me or I should have bashed its brains in already.

But we’ll see. This program isn’t over yet.

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30 Day Challenge Day 5

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I had to readjust my challenge to include other workouts because, for some reason, I woke up at 3am and could NOT get back to sleep. I was out of it all day so there was no way I was going to be able to coordinate for the treadmill. So, I compromised and did a Home Front workout.

It’s probably nerves that kept me up but I made the mistake of running tired ONCE and I will never do it again. I legit thought I was going to break my neck. I’ll be doing a long run tomorrow anyway so I don’t feel too bad about adjusting my challenge.

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30 Day Challenge Day 4

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This run is the beginning of week 11 of c210k. It took me this long to FINALLY throw out a pair of running pants I had wish seams so bad, they ripped skin off. And I don’t mean they were so old that the seams wore out, I mean they came like that. I didn’t want to feel like I was wasting my money on them but I just couldn’t take it anymore. There’s no way I’m gonna do a 30 day challenge where some runs are over an hour long with shitty running gear. Fuck that…

As for my run today, it was touch and go there for the last interval. For those not in the know, these running programs deal in intervals, and week 11 is a 5 minute warmup then three intervals of 17 minutes running, 1 minute walk break. And that last interval was rough. I didn’t give up but man, it was tempting to take an extra break.

To be completely honest, I’ve gained weight this month. But I have a fancy-schmancy scale that also reads my body weight percentage. I may have gone back up to 220 but my body fat percentage went from around 42% to 39% and I am noticing some muscle definition in my thighs. And since I do my long runs earlier in the day, I do the Zombies Run! Home Front missions or my kettlebell in the evening. While my immediate reaction to the weight gain was an annoyance, I’m happy losing 3% body fat in a week. Not bad in my opinion.

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30 Day Challenge Day 3

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In anticipation of starting week 11 of c210k on Monday, I did a short warmup, ran for 20 minutes, then cooled down for 2 minutes. The whole run felt pretty good; I had good form and energy for the whole thing and kept my average pace. Nothing really to write home about in terms of speed but it’s my endurance I’m working on now. At least till I finish c210k. Then I’m gonna work on my speed.

30 Day Challenge Day 2

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Not every day is going to be a run. I don’t think my knees could take that punishment but I did use this session to focus on my form and really engage my core.

It may not have been a fast-paced long run but man, is this ever helping me with my anxiety right now. I’m not around people much so my rise of exposure is low but there’s this baseline level of fear about everything. Hell, I had to talk myself down because I can’t find the beer I usually put in my chili. Usually, I just shrug that thing off like the First World Problem that it is, but I’m stuck in fight or flight mode. Working out is working wonders combating that.

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Running Update: 30 Day Challenge

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Since I’m home – including working from home – I might as well take the chance to get on the treadmill every day for at least 30 minutes. I’m almost done with C210K so I’ll do that three times a week and shorter runs the other days. I spend too much time hunched over my laptop to not try and even it out with moving more.

I’m not really trying for weight loss or anything (considering I’ve gained muscle weight since I started C10k) just working my way through trying to get faster and stronger. I also signed up for a 2020 virtual race that needs to his 2,020 miles before the end of the year and I’m 15 miles behind, so there’s that.

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Lenni Reviews: “Eat, and Love Yourself” by Sweeney Boo & Lilian Klepakowsky

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Mindy has low self-esteem and a problem with stress eating. Stuck in a destructive binge/purge cycle, she happens upon some magic chocolate that transports her into the past to relive the sources and triggers to her lack of confidence, bulimia, and her unhealthy relationship with her body. As she deals with her traumas, Mindy slowly unlearns her destructive behaviors.

I love the art and the color palette in this book. Very soothing and stylized to make it unique. Mindy is a good character and watching her deal with her friends and family as she finally makes her feelings known and comes to terms with them is a sweet story. I like that her parents weren’t super abusive; it more like those microaggressions that pile up and hit harder because they’re coming from people you love. Her father was critical and her mom was overindulging but they weren’t beating her or anything (thank goodness). It shows how such abuses don’t have to be over the top evil to have a lasting impact on a person’s life. I thought the use of the chocolate was cute! Not a bad read. 4.7 out of 5.

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