Today’s Workout: Making the most of lunch

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I didn’t have the chance to prep my lunch before I left for work so, I picked a place far off to get something to eat. It may have been a bagel with tuna (no mayo) and I know that’s a bunch of carbs but it was actually nice to be outside.

I don’t know if I’m in the place where I feel comfortable running outside again. Not in this heat for sure, but my main reasons for sticking to the treadmill were other people thinking they have a right to mock me while I’m running. Even if I feel good and I’m getting healthier, it’s disheartening to get teased. If you’re the type of person to do this, you’re not helping. If you think overweight people should go workout, maybe don’t laugh at them when they do.

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Today’s Workout: Week 8 Day 1

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I am aware that time is terrible but as other runners will know, sometimes your colon will decide to activate with a vengeance and since the room with the treadmill is right next to the bathroom, I had to pause and make a mad dash. It ruined my pacing and it sucks even more because I was on track to finish that long interval! I’m tempted to go back and try this day again because this is so damn frustrating. I know my goal with this isn’t speed, it’s endurance but that over 20 minute pace is galling to me.Β 

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Today’s Workout: Week 7 Day 3.

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I powered through and made it through the full 25 minute interval! It was close there for a minute and by the end of it I felt nauseous but I made it!Β 

The downside is now I have no excuse for not doing it again.

I put the speed at 3.5, which is where I’m most comfortable for these longer runs, and left it there for most of it. I only had to slow it down towards the end where I felt like I was cramping up. And yes, I remembered to do some stretching afterwards before hunching over my desk to write. And I bet my recovery will be all the better for it. Especially since I have to start week 8 tomorrow.

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Week 6 Day 3: Part Deux The Second One.

If you get the references in the title, you’re old like me.

As you can tell by the pace time, I was slower this time. I had to bump the speed down because every woman’s favorite time of the month is approaching and my joints hurt more than normal. I’d rather complete the run at a slower pace than skip it entirely; especially since I’m not running to compete with anyone but myself. I haven’t had the cash for any virtual races for awhile and I was thinking that I wouldn’t try to beat my own speed records (I believe my record for one mile is 14:03??) until I’m out of the 200 club for good. It makes sense to me that I’d be able to run faster if I’m lighter.

But we can sprint across that bridge if I come to it. Like I said before, I am tentatively optimistic about my progress so far. I’m not planning ahead too far.

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I Did It: Zombies Run! Virtual Race 2017.

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I post a lot of stuff on Instagram that doesn’t get posted here (and visa versa) so if you have been viewing my activity there, you may have noticed I have been posting my workouts. I got into running and found that not only do I enjoy it, I’m not half bad at it for a big chick. Since I started; I’ve been able to go from taking 40 minutes to do a mile to my best time of 14:55 to do a mile.

I don’t know what it is in my brain but on my bucket list is to run a 5k; even back when I hated running. But the logistics of registering for a race, getting to the race, parking, getting home, or even making sure I don’t have work and all that stuff seemed like a nightmare.

Then I discovered Virtual Races.

The gist of that is, you log in (in this case, into the Zombies Run! app), switch on your GPS, and run wherever you want. You even get a shirt tag and a medal for the race! Seeing as how I’ve been using this app for awhile, I decided to go for it. I signed up for the race on April 8th.

And you all get to hear about me training, you lucky ducks…

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you are already familiar with the fact I’m no skinny person. Currently, I’m 210 lbs and I lost weight to get there. I’ve had shitty knees and ankles for most of my life because I was always a pretty active person and I’ve torn, sprained, and strained them several times. Despite this, I not only started running, but kept at it.

I started my training and right now it takes me 40 minutes to do 2.11 miles if I walk the first mile (at 3 mph) and walk/run the second mile (running at 4 mph). I am slowly working my way up to the full 5 km (which isΒ 3.1 miles).

I am pumped and TERRIFIED to finally attempt this. I know if I fail, I’ll be crushed. I have surprisingly found many people online who are plus size and do enjoy running so I don’t feel as self-conscious as I thought I would. I even roped my kid into doing this with me.

To hold myself accountable, I’ll be posting my progress. I really hope I can do this…

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