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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have been struggling with the C210K and took some time off it to work on my endurance. Today, I decided to stop stalling and give week 11 day 1 a try. Although I did have to take an extra minute break on the third interval, I STILL COMPLETED THE ENTIRE WORKOUT.
I was honestly starting to think I would never complete the program and contemplated scrapping it and starting over. But I powered through!
Every part of me hurts, though.
I am going to have to take a “rest” day; meaning I do weights or abs instead of the treadmill. My knees need the day off but I want to make sure I continue to push myself.
This run was just to see how my speed was faring and while a struggle, it is much easier for me to get up to speed and stay there longer. I may not finish the c210k before the end of the year but I haven’t given up on it.
However, a farewell must be made:
Another pair of running pants has finally hit retirement age. RIP running pants…
Today’s intervals consisted of a 5-minute warm-up, 15-minute run, 1-minute run, repeat 3 times. The first interval was a fucking breeze! Like I was born to run from zombies. The second was a bit of a struggle but I made it. Third? I legit thought I was gonna pass out 13 minutes in. I had to take an extra break.
It’s hard not to think of that as a failure even if I did only take a one minute break and ran as much as I could. The point is to push yourself but I’ not quite there yet.
I’m not going to repeat the day. I’m going to proceed with the next run and try and get through that last interval. I am concerned about pushing myself too hard but tomorrow I won’t be running; I have crosstraining to do. I have to do that core blaster that makes my abs hurt so much, I can’t cough or laugh.
My goal is to make it to the 180 minutes a week the Atlas Shape has been nagging me to do but I haven’t made that goal yet. One hour down…
And thus we conclude week 8 of C210K as a rousing success! Day 3 is 5 minutes of a warm up, 30 minute run, then 5 minute cool down. And I actually did it! I ran for the full 30 minutes.
It was rough towards the end. I found myself wanting to stop with only 5 minutes left on the clock but I pushed through, ignored the numbers, and caught up with American Horror Story: Apocalypse.
Nothing more motivating than the end of the world to keep your feet moving.
Week 9 is back to intervals but longer workouts. I am liking how my endurance is now; my hard work paying off in spades. I’m trying not to count chickens before they hatch but I am thinking of what I will work on next after I complete C210K. I’m thinking speed training and more weight training on my off days.
This run is week 8 day 2 of C210k. It starts with a 5-minute warmup, a 29-minute run, then a 5-minute cooldown. And I did it! I ran the full 29 minutes.
It’s tomorrow I’m worried about. Week 8 day 3 is a full 5k run without stopping. Why would I be worried if I do 5k races all the time? Because I usually do my walk/run or run to 10 combos. This time no breaks for me.
If I can make this, it would be a major victory for me. I’ve been running for two years or so and never made it much past 3.5 miles with breaks. LOTS of breaks. If my endurance is up to the task, a 10k may actually really be in my future! And finishing a 10k was one of my goals for the year!
Also, I am FINALLY done with season 3! There are currently 7 seasons of Zombies Run! and I’ve been trying to catch up to the end so I can fiddle around with supply missions and try out an airdrop mission. There’s also all the Radio Abel content. My completionist’s itch is driving me crazy.
Wish me luck tomorrow! I’m sure I’ll be hurting by the end of it no matter what happens.