Running Update: Wait, it does that?!

Since I am a huge fucking geek, I am on a bunch of Zombies Run! fan pages and groups. It is through these that I learned that there is a 365 days in a row achievement!

I didn’t know this was a thing! I want that thing…

So, does this mean I’ve taken up a 365-day challenge?

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And let me say why.

Much like the 5k and 10k training, you don’t do this by being insane. I think I’ll start with a 7-day challenge and go from there. Meaning I’ll start today.

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You’ll notice my pace is much slower than normal but today was my first run with the chases turned on. If you aren’t familiar with this app, chases are when the app tells you to run faster to avoid zombies and if you don’t go fast enough, you lose some of the supplies you’ve gathered. I’ve been curious about those for a while and decided to give them a try.

And nothing happened. So, I ended up powerwalking while expecting to put on a burst of speed.

I tweaked some settings for tomorrow’s run so we’ll see how chases work then.

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Today’s Run: Cheating? Maybe? Not really…

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On my last run, I whined about my warm-up time cutting into my pace but I did some lazy running research and a warm-up is something that really shouldn’t be skipped. So, instead of letting it fuck up my time, I warmed up off the clock with a brisk 6-minute power walk, THEN turned on the app and ran. I ended up hitting my first mile in 14:33 and the second in 30:41. That is much closer to my time before my fun little surgery adventure, which gives me hope for any future races I want to run and the possibility of increasing my distance to a 10k.

In food type news, I am trying my hand at intermittent fasting. I stop eating after 7 and don’t eat again until 8-10 am, which honestly fits into my life since most mornings are a haze of yelling at both the two-legged kid and the four-legged kids before dragging ass into work. It’s easier for me to eat once I’m far away from the house. And I’m not undereating. I’m brutally honest with my food diary (and I plan to get a food scale to really get things as accurate as possible) so, you can see I am clearly not starving myself. Running takes fuel and I’ve done enough stupid shit to my body to try and lose weight over the years. I’m not about to start that nonsense again…

Anyways, I’m going to do my runs like this on the treadmill from now on: the warm-up, turning on the apps for the real run, then a cool down at the end of it. I just need to tack on that extra bit to get over 3 miles and I’m golden!

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Today’s Run: They got the Crown Jewels!

Today I ran the training mission for this month’s virtual 5k! I finished the first mile in 14:30! But after that, my back started really hurting me from moving that dresser/closet out of my kid’s room the day before yesterday. I can’t exactly remember what the second mile was (I need to put a notepad in the gym…) but the second mile was faster than my last run.

It seems 3.7MPH is still a struggle for me but I gotta push through it. I shouldn’t expect a difference in my stamina so fast but I’m betting my aching back had an impact.

Now, as for food:

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At my kid’s request, I made a tray of lasagna and we’ve been nibbling off that since last night. It may not be pretty, but man, is it just amazing comfort food. The best is when I’d take a bite and catch a bit of chopped, roasted garlic.

And I didn’t forget about the “Japanese” soup I made the other day. I wrote down the steps and took in progress pictures so I will post what I did to make it soon.

This week made me tired. And not just from moving furniture! But I have 4 miles left to go this week! Gotta log ’em in!

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Today’s Run: It may be time to push it…

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I seem to be keeping my pace around fifteen minutes all the time and I’m not feeling as run down after. This obviously means I need to push myself a little harder.

I’m thinking I’ll keep the Run to Ten thing and just up my speed from 3.5 to 3.7. The last time I upped my speed a few weeks ago, I went from 3.2 to 3.5. It may not seem like much when you look at it but it shaved two minutes off my mile once I got used to it. And the whole point for me is to complete my miles faster so a 5k doesn’t take me an hour. That way starting to train for a 10k won’t seem so impossible.

As for food, I made pulled pork over the weekend and I’ve been nibbling at it. Super salty but so worth it!

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Third 5k!

Yesterday, I ran the Super Mom 5k from the Virtual Pace Series (a site I have been haunting, obviously). I decided to run it Friday instead of on Mother’s Day because it’s supposed to be raining all weekend here. It was a beautiful day out! Way too nice not to take advantage of it for a good run.

I used the Zombies, Run! app to track my distance and pace and I think this was my fastest time completing 5k since I started running last September! My pace is absolutely faster outside than on a treadmill and while the treadmill gives me the luxury of catching up on my TV shows while I run, I do plan to make it a point to run outside more often.

After I got home, my knees HURT. This run was rough and it is my own fault for making it so because I was trying to beat my old times. As a result, my knees ache and my entire body feels wrecked. How to people run these ultra marathons!?

Well, they’re experienced runners, Lenni. Duh…

I don’t see myself doing ultra marathons in the future. Right now, my only goal is to get my 5k time under 30 minutes. My progress has been pretty damn good so far; especially since I’m coming from “I hate running and without the threat of death, I won’t do it” I think what I’ve done so far is impressive.

It’s a strange journey I’ve undertaken but I’m glad I didn’t stick with the mentality of “I’ll do it when I lose weight” or “I’m too fat to do this.” Doing this has reminded me what my body can do and it feels awesome!

Since this would be not only my third 5k but my second one this month, I’m taking a break! From racing, at least. I will continue training but my next race won’t be until July; the End Human Trafficking 10k Challenge. It’s 1k a day for ten days so, no; I haven’t gone crazy and suddenly launched into 10k races. After that is the Totally 80’s Virtual Race, which isn’t till September 23rd.

These are so much fun. I will try not to go overboard… XD

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Running Update! May the 4th Be With You.

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It’s Star Wars Day! 😀 So, to celebrate I am not only wearing my Darth Vader dress, I ran the May the 4th Be With You 5k/10k virtual race!

I ran the 5k (in a walk/run combo) on the treadmill and used my fitness tracker to submit my results. While I am getting faster, it still takes me about 54 minutes to hit the 5k mark. I’ve shaved about a minute off my time in the last month or so.

Now, my next race is the Super Mom 5k/10k on May 14 so I will be taking the next couple days off before I go back to running at least one mile a day. I don’t have any other goal in mind but to get these 5k races finished in under 45-50 minutes. Then maybe I’ll start registering for races where other people are around.

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Post Run Blues…

I’m off this week for Spring Break and since the Zombies Run Virtual 5k on Saturday, I’ve been pumped to train for the next one!

Except I can’t.

It’s strange that I’ve not only embraced running as a part of my life but miss the hell out of it. I may be overweight but I really enjoy being active. I took my training very seriously and now I find myself in the place where the blood blister I managed to get is healing, but still uncomfortably squishy… Just doing chores around the house isn’t fun. I tried to take a regular walk on the treadmill and it was uncomfortable.

It’s taking all my will not to just pop the thing and go running again. I love being active! I love the movement, the speed, challenging myself… Being laid up for something so tiny is the absolute WORST. There are people with REAL injuries who can’t train like they want and I’m held back by a fucking squishy bubble? It’s not right…

I may not be running but, I have kept up with my ab challenges, doing weights, and moving around as much as I comfortably can. Of all the things to lay me up, I thought it’d be my shitty knees.

Alright, I’ll stop grumbling now. It’s annoying but not the WORST. I just hope I don’t end up having to play catch up with I run the next 5k I signed up for

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Well, cross that off my bucket list!

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I actually did it!! This past Saturday, I completed the Zombies Run Virtual 5k! It felt AMAZING to finish that race but, I have to say, the one thing I didn’t prepare for was a terrible blister. On race day, I wore different socks than usual and in the end, my time was slower than in all my practice runs.

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I am, however, very happy to say I completed the race and I didn’t get heckled once during the whole thing.

Where do I go from here? Well, I keep training! I signed up for two more virtual races in May and I am actually really excited for these. Maybe once I get 5k to be easier for me, I’ll aim for the 10k races. But for that, I will have to be able to run faster. With all the stuff I have to do in a day, taking two hours out to run daily is just not feasible. I follow runners on Instagram who run twice as fast as I do. I try to take that as motivation and not feel inferior to them (they have been training longer and are half my size). Since I’m on a mission to also finish all my unfinished writing projects that I started, speed is going to be my next goal.

I hope someone reads this and gets motivated, too!

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Running Update!

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Yesterday I got my Zombies Run! Virtual Race packet in the mail and somehow it made all the training and running very REAL. There is such a difference between saying “Yeah, I’m gonna run a 5k” and having the pennant and medal right there.

I do have confidence in myself to run this race considering I’ve been very serious about my training; running at least 4 times a week and no less than 2 miles. I’ve been able to get to the three mile mark in less than an hour which means my pace is getting SO much better.

And can we talk about how the muscles in my legs are changing!? I remember reaching down for something, looking at my calves and thinking “Well, shit! Those muscle cuts weren’t there before!” Same goes for my front thigh muscles. I am aware of muscles I obviously wasn’t using before with other workout methods (not counting when I was doing P90X). I can’t say I’ve lost any more weight but every time I hit that 3 mile mark and get that runner’s high? I am filled with such pride. I am not a skinny person, I always HATED running, and I had the belief firmly in my mind that in order to be a runner, I had to lose 30 pounds first. I dunno what switch flipped but I’m glad it did.

The best part is I am not alone! There are so many plus size people out there not only running but doing these epic fucking mega marathons! (My knees ache just thinking about those) Thanks to these awesome blogs that I am now reading, I am even more inspired than ever:

And the group of people on Instagram who are following me; some of whom are NOT plus size and are not judging me at all (at least as far as I can tell). Doing this has made me appreciate the body the Goddess has given me and realize how fucking awesome I am. I’ve gone from loathing this to LOVING this.

At some point, I do plan to get into running meditations and I have registered for two other virtual races: May the 4th be with you and Supermom. There is not a single inch of me that is ashamed to say I signed up because the medals are awesome. I mean, if you’re gonna have a glow in the dark Yoda medal, you should EARN it.

The race is less than 30 days away now and I won’t lie; I am SUPER nervous. I feel addicted to running but actually completing a race (even a virtual one) is a real test of my abilities. I think being tested is what makes me nervous. Also, running outside where other people are… In my two experiences actually encountering other people who decided to make a comment; one teenager said something mean (I didn’t hear, my kid did) and some Jehovah’s Witnesses giving me encouragement. I am scared of someone saying something nasty to me during a race because I know I will absolutely lose it and screw up my time because I had to stop to curse them out. That’s just who I am because the girl who would go home and cry when someone decided to take time out of their day to oink at me (yes, that is a thing that happened to me) is LONG gone. Now, I’m a warrior.

A warrior with sore knees but a warrior nonetheless.

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Running Progress!

I’m on vacation this week with the kiddo so what do I decide to do? Run.

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Yesterday was my first attempt at running the route I plan to use for the 5k race in April. I wanted to see if it really was the proper distance and yup, it really is.

My plan was to walk out the first mile and a half then walk/run back. The first part of that worked out great! The latter half was more like walk/run/limp/curse/run/walk… But I did it. I cannot ignore the fact that I DID IT.

I had planned to run again today but my knees hurt SO BAD, I did more of a power walk/light trot:

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And to be honest, with the way my legs are I probably should have just stayed off my feet for the day. This time I ran with braces on both knees and one on my right ankle. It was easier but I had to stop for every five seconds to pull the braces back into place. What a giant pain in the ass.

To put a little history on this, I started running using the C25K app in September of last year. Back then, a 30 minute light run would leave me feeling like I’m gonna die. I was 220 pounds (and I’m 5’7″). Now I’m 210 and it takes me 2 miles to make me feel like I’m going to die. I’ve been steadily getting faster and stronger.

To be clear, I am not doing this to lose weight. Completing a 5k has been something on my bucket list for over a decade but I could never get it done. During my marriage, my self-esteem was in the shitter and I was continuously sabotaged whenever I tried to improve myself. Now that that toxic person is out of my life, I made a promise to myself to be everything he tried to keep me from becoming. Skinny is not one of those things. I want to be strong and healthy.

The first run I did with the kid (who is signed up for the race with me) and both of us barely made it. Today, I did the run alone and yes, my knees are killing me.

But it does feel great that every day, I put miles on these knees and I can tell I’m getting stronger.

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