30 Day Challenge Day 18

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This is week 12 of c210k and holy SHIT; do I ever feel this in my hips. Maybe it’s pairing these with the long bike rides but I ache in a way that makes me concerned but I don’t wanna skip a day. I did try adjusting my posture as I ran and it did seem to help.

I misplaced my posture belt in my cleaning bouts so I have to rely on self-checking to make sure I’m keeping my core engaged and I don’t hurt my back. It’s working so far but I’m still on the lookout for it. It really is the best way to keep my form.

With these runs being so long, I’m still impressed I can make it through them without any extra breaks. I did screw up this one by accidentally pausing the app and not noticing for 10 minutes but that’s my own fault for repeatedly checking the app to see my progress. I need to learn to leave it alone.

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30 Day Challenge Day 11

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Today’s run was a failed attempt to do the next c210k run as well as the Spring 2020 race in the same run. The c210k runs are longer than the distance it took for me to complete the race and I didn’t wanna mess up my leader board time so I just ended it. I’ll have to make up the day another time.

But as for this run, I felt pretty good about it. I wonder what my time would have been if I didn’t take the breaks in the c210k app but I’m not disappointed. I’m shocked that after a 5k, I felt like the run was short. That’s a long way from me being afraid to start the later weeks of the program because the runs were so long. I just may be able to run a 10k after all!

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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 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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This week’s workouts

This week I completed week 2 of C210K.

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Day 1
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Day 2
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Day 3

Three days is starting to feel like not enough of a workout but I know the length of these runs is gonna go up. I’ll probably feel like it’s too much as the weeks go on but I still need to sneak in some weight training on my non-running days. I feel more fit but I’m still in the 200 club when it comes to my weight and I’d love to turn in my membership to that.

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Today’s Run: Got me a ticket!

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This is the first training mission for the 2019 Zombies Run Virtual Race and this heralds week 6 of C210K.

As the intervals get longer, I find myself trying to use my thighs and glutes instead of my calves to maintain form and speed. For the most part, it’s working but let me say I am completely immature and I give a little chuckle when I think to myself “Geez, my butt hurts” after a workout.

But I can tell things are changing because my weight is down to 217.8 and (despite being a little gross) I am noticing sagging skin on my inner thighs! Instead of thinking about skin surgery or anything, I’m just gonna redouble my bodyweight training and tighten things up that way.

And SO much cheaper than surgery. Maybe less painful.

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This week’s best run!

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I managed to finish day 1 of week 12 on the first try! Here’s the mile by mile breakdown:

  • Mile 1 – 14:40
  • Mile 2 – 29:26
  • Mile 3 – 44:28
  • Mile 4 – 58:49

I wanted to make sure to get this week started because I have some very minor surgery next week that will keep me from running for at least a week. I have my stationary bike to keep in shape but since this is to remove a lipoma from my shoulder and you need shoulders to run, my dermatologist said no running until it’s healed.

Not to mention the stupid, annoying, uncomfortable lipoma is right on my shoulder where my bra strap sits. There’s no way I’ll be able to bear the thick, heavy sports bra strap until it’s healed.

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Today’s Run: Week 11 Completed!

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I haven’t posted a run in a while mostly because I’ve been annoyed with myself for not finishing C210K. So, I got out of my own way and finished day three! Here’s the breakdown:

  • Mile 1 – 14:56
  • Mile 2 – 29:49
  • Mile 3 – 44:47
  • Mile 4 – 59:20

I am still shocked by my ability to make it to 4 miles at all despite all the training I’ve been doing. I still usually crap out in the third interval but man, I powered through and finished it!

I have started using my old P90X DVDs as a cross training tool. I read blogs from other runners stating they’ve done the program and it did improve their overall running performance but I am not willing to stop running in order to do the full P90X program. I’m just replacing their cardio and yoga days with C210K.

Time will tell if that’s worth it.

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Today’s Run: Almost there…

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Today turned out to be a kick ass day! The first interval I went at 3.2 mph, the second and 3.5 and the third at 3.2 again and my only extra break is when I slowed down to check and see if my app crashed because it repeated a scene twice and I was about to lose my shit because I lost an hour’s workout. I’m not counting that as a real break, though since it was only 10-15 seconds before I got back up to speed.

I am noticing a much faster recovery time after my workouts but I’m also noticing that now my body does not like to be still. As a librarian, my job is pretty sedentary and; as I’ve said before, now I get extra stiff if I don’t move around enough during the day. I have been incorporating more strength exercises during the week and I may have to stop using my desk bike as a clothes rack and actually get on it. I have this suspicion that spending my off days on the bike will help me as the runs get longer.

Week 11 is almost complete!

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Today’s Run: Earworm

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Weel 11 day 2 didn’t go as well as day one. With 8 minutes left in the third interval, I hadda tap out and end the workout. I don’t feel too broken up about it considering I am still able to pass the 45-minute mark without feeling like I’m going to pass out or my legs are going to fall off. I’m not fast but my endurance and stamina are MUCH improved.

As for the earworm, I got this happy little note after my run today!

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Woohoo!! Passed the 500-mile mark! Not bad for a person who once swore she would never run.

Post-workout, I noticed some very interesting muscle development in my legs; mostly above my knees this time. My thigh muscles are starting to get some real definition. If I can manage to slim down the fat, my legs will look amazing!

I am so excited at my overall progress. The weather is still shitty but I am looking forward to Spring so I can run outside again. I was put off by shitheads making comments or staring at me but honestly, I am surpassing what I ever thought I could do. Their words mean nothing.

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