30 Day Challenge Day 19

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Back at it with another Home Front workout. I really hope they keep adding to this once it’s safe to run outside again. I like the variety. It reminds me to work on more than just mile times and races. I know my belly and arms need work and now that I have a mat, I don’t feel like my knees are being crushed when I do push ups.

Yes, I am terrible at push ups so I do them on my knees. I’ll have to work my way to regular form as I go.

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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 15

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It’s the official halfway point! And what better way to mark the occasion by running my fastest mile EVER. I finally passed the one-mile mark in under 14 minutes! I don’t remember the exact number (I should have made a note of it) but I beat my previous fastest mile; which was 14:03.

Halfway in and a few things to note:

  1. Everything from my hips down aches. All the time. I’m not nearly as sore as when I was trying to make it through P90X; but still.
  2. I am starting to notice sagging skin in my inner thighs and the muscles in my legs are getting really pronounced. This makes me think I need to re-evaluate and spend more time to toning and building muscle. Running and biking are all leg work. I need to do abs and arms.
  3. I sincerely doubt this will be sustainable once I go back to working out of the house. It’s easy to do a shift, use my lunch hour to run, then eat while at the laptop. Not so much once we return to “normal.”
  4. I honestly do not think I could be dealing with this whole pandemic deal as well without choosing to take up this challenge. It gives me a firm goal with visible results. It’s a thing I can control when everything else is out of control.

I didn’t do a weigh-in or take measurements since this is PMS week and any numbers I take will be WAY off. All that bloat is real so we’ll have to wait a week or so before I trust the scale again.

All in all, it’s been an interesting experiment so far. And I think this is the first self-imposed challenge I actually stuck to. Yay for me!

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30 Day Challenge Day 14

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Today was more work on the bike. I’m finding it more and more comfortable sitting in it but even so, that 8 mile ride was too much. One thing I’ve learned it pushing my body like that will only harm me in the long run. Especially since next week’s C210K runs will be over an hour.

I also coupled this with some ab work. It annoys me to still have a belly after all this work. And I have all these adorable outfits that I don’t fit into and my belly is the problem. I’m gonna really focus on changing that.

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30 Day Challenge Day 13

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I’ll have to pick up properly with c210k next week (I feel kinda OCD about the weeks actually all being done in one week) because I was just off. I dunno what it is but I’m not sleeping all the way through the night, I’m generally in a cranky mood about the dumbest things but I didn’t want to skip workouts on account of being moody. So, I hopped on the treadmill for half an hour.

It’s funny how the 30-minute workouts feel so short after investing so much time in c210k. Initially when I look at the app and see how long the workout is there’s this initial resigned sigh but now I’m so used to it; short workouts feel unsatisfying. I never thought I’d see the day.

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30 Day Challenge Day 12

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I changed the pace on this to reflect my actual abilities but got on the bike instead of running. It was just not a good day; I was cranky and tired all day, I didn’t even want to bother eating because it felt like a hassle, and everything annoyed me. I couldn’t see myself being on the treadmill for an hour so I got on the bike instead. I’ll have to go to bed early and try again tomorrow morning.

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 10

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Today was a quick Home Front workout. I probably should have done something more intense but I took it easy for Mother’s Day and because I wrecked my legs yesterday. I’m just glad I’m able to keep up my challenge but I may do this one over. My normal pace isn’t 12; its more like 14. I guess speed training will be my next mission after I finish c210k.

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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!