I was going to run today but I slept VERY bad. When I’m so tired I can’t organize my thoughts, I don’t trust myself not to fall off the treadmill. I wasn’t about to skip a workout entirely and I need more weight training anyway. The kettlebell was a perfect quick workout before I went to bed early like an old lady.
Later on this week, I’m going to try and re-run yesterday’s failed start to week 8 of c25k because that pace time still bugs me!
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.
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!
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.
I’m still having trouble getting through these 20+ minute intervals! I know I’m not running as often as I was a year ago but it’s still frustrating to know that I could do more than one 20+ minute interval back then. It’s my own damn fault for not keeping up that same energy for this whole time. There’s nothing to do but keep training and get my stamina back to where it was so I can restart C210K. Then I’ll work on just running faster or maybe even braving outdoor running again.
Hopefully I don’t have to deal with assholes laughing at me this time around.
I’m trying to get on a schedule of running every other day instead of every day. Just to give my joints a break until I’m lighter and confuse my body into toning more muscles. Or just not get bored. Either or.
I am come to terms with the fact I’m not going to be working out 7 days a week right now. Its not feasible since I spent my weekends on chores and my writing (and trying to keep the blog updated more frequently). I’ve probably said this before but, once I’m making more with these on a steady basis, I’ll be able to spend more time on my workouts. For now, I’m trying to keep them 40 minutes or less and taking weekends off. I still eat right; I may nope the hell out of cooking but I keep my caloric deficit. It’s working for me so far but if I see a plateau, I’ll adjust.
That’s right, back to business! My back still feels a little sore but not too much to keep me off the treadmill. I kept it slow and easy but still worked up a sweat. It felt great to go back to running. And there’s even better news!
I lost more weight! I’m down to 217.2! Finally being under 200 seems within my grasp. It’s embarrassing to say that I’m down to my weight in high school but I’m still making progress and my weight is going down. I’m so happy about this!
Whenever summer rolls around, I think about getting an extra air conditioner for the room I use as my ‘gym’ but then I see the electric bill and change my mind.
You also may have noticed I just blew off last week. I don’t know if I’m going to run at all this week, honestly. I’m more in a walking or cycling type mood; especially since I’m waaaaayyy behind on my projects. I just can’t run and do something else. I can cycle or walk while writing or knitting or whatever. COVID decimated my finances so I have to make money any way I can.
Not an impressive feat but man, I do NOT do well in the heat. So, this workout is just a brisk walk. It may not mean much for my running progress but honestly, I’m firmly in the camp of a walk instead of a run is better than just sitting around.
And I did manage to slide down on the scale 0.8 pounds. That’s 11.4 in total! I’ve also had to adjust how I shop for food because the Saxenda reduces my appetite so much. I may have to pay for the meds but my grocery bill is lower. I had to learn this the hard way unfortunately, since some food went bad before I could get to it.
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.
I clicked on the wrong day. Big brain energy, there; let me tell you. But, I can even it out by running the day over on Friday.
It wasn’t easy to do that 20-minute sprint (especially since I was mentally prepared for breaks that didn’t exist) and it was rough going towards the end. I made it through only feeling like I was gonna die a little bit. I also downloaded a stretching app that will incessantly remind me to stretch daily to combat the soreness I feel. I can’t imagine what people are thinking when they see me squirming in my seat with a pained look on my face like I have ants in my clothes or something.