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.
Today I let the mission play while I got on the bike so I’ll probably repeat it and do the exercises in the mission properly that time.
I also snuck in some arm exercises with my 5 pound weights so I can tone there as well. Since I’ve been clearing away a lot of junk in my room, I have more space to workout and it just feels better to have some clear areas. The only problem is going through things kicks up dust I didn’t know what were and I keep sneezing all over the place. Not a big deal since I have a minivan to get rid of it all.
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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!
Giving myself the option of doing a different workout was a great idea. I did a long ride on my desk bike. It messed up my stats a little in terms of finishing a mile in a certain amount of time but eh, I’m not all that concerned about that. The whole point is to make sure I move every day. And this is a great way to shave off some miles on my yearly challenges.
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.