Yeah, not my fastest time (that would be around a 14 minute mile) but I’m getting back into the swing of things. I could feel my calves cramping more than they used to since I’ve been cycling instead of running for so long.
Not gonna lie, even though I’m not at my lockdown levels of jogging for 20-30 minutes straight (working from home had its advantages…) I can feel the muscle memory returning. It was even instinctual for me to adjust my posture to make sure I wasn’t hunched over and my abs were engaged.
There were no chases this time (I don’t think there was supposed to be this time in the Zombies Run 5k trainer) but I had some self imposed intervals since I am a huge geek and I’m invested in the story. I slowed to a fast walk during the story parts.
At this point, my main concern is just to get my stamina back up so that a 30 minute run is easy again. I want to get to the point where an easy run is a 5 min warm up, 30 minute jog at the same speed, then a 5 minute cool down. And of course I didn’t forget my bodyweight workouts. I had the apps running while I did my own thing so I’m not posting the images from those apps. It’s not an accurate calorie burn in my opinion since I’m not doing what the app says. Does that make any sense? Probably not….
That’s right! I’m back to Zombies Run! This time, with chases on. It only made me do one chase this time and it wasn’t so bad. I managed not to get caught and lose any supplies.
I can definitely tell it’s been awhile since I’ve had a good run and it felt great to get back in my running shoes. The only way to get used to it again is to get back into the habit of running at least three days a week just for 30 minutes because I have to get writing for the rest of the night.
It helps that with the Saxenda, I really only have a snack for dinner. If I eat breakfast, cook my lunch at work, then I’m not really that hungry when I get home. And I’m not about to force myself to eat if I’m not hungry.
I still have to do my stretches. I noticed some cramping in my calves when I was running; probably because of all the walking I did over the weekend so I NEED to stretch as much as I can. I’ll do the body weight stuff but only a light workout. I still wanna be able to move tomorrow.
It’s been awhile since I did a run and it felt pretty good! I thought I might struggle since I was using the bike for so long but everything went fine.
Also, I love how unabashedly nerdy Zombies Run is. Larping, table top games, superhero movies and comics… I may not be into all the stuff they’re talking about, but I can feel how much love the actors put into it that it’s contageous. I really want Sam to get that golden chalace for that game.
I’m not sure I’m going to do the virtual races this year, since I’m short on funds. We’ll have to see. There are plenty of other missions for me to listen to. Even though I’d like another medal to hang… Eh, movement is what’s important!
This week is gonna have some odd hours so, I’ll try to get in my workouts as much as I can. Now, I hae a bunch of food prep to do.
After doing what I should do around my birthday, whatever I want, I’m back to my running! And since I haven’t given up on my desperate attempts to not lose my house by supplementing my dismal income by selling my writing, I put Shelley up on the teadmill and I was able to do a little bit of writing during the walking portions of c25k. I could only type with one hand since I have to hold the phone to count my steps on the app, but hey, any words cound as progress.
And you’re damn right I’m 41 and have stickers. Let me enjoy things.
Week 3 day 2 and of course I pick more paranormal stories to run with.
Today, I played around with the timing of my run. With the Saxenda, it takes me longer to be hungry so making and eating dinner right when I get off work isn’t as convenient. I’m just not as hungry. This time, I changed right into my workout gear, did my 28 minute run, THEN made dinner after I cleaned up. I have to say, I do feel better. I have a limited amount of time between getting home from work and sleep and running with a full stomach doesn’t always feel the best (depending on what I eat). I’ve read conflicting articles about if it’s better to eat before a run or after and I’ve just decided to do whatever feels best to me. It’ll take more than one day of this but on days I’m off or work late; I run early in the morning before I eat breakfast and I like it. Mostly because it’s the ‘hardest’ part of the day done and the rest of the day seems easier.
But I’m also not the ‘get up at 5am’ type. I like my sleep and write in the evenings sometimes until 11pm. I’m too old to get only 4-5 hours of sleep and function properly the next day.
I like these historical missions even though I can’t wait for the new main story episodes to come out.
Part of having time to run in the evening means having dinner a little later. I come home and go right to the treadmill. Since I’m still on the Saxenda, I’m not very hungry in the evenings anyway.
I did notice my joints are not happy with the cold. It’s about 30F and my office is always cold so, I’m sure that’s why. While I was running I felt fine. In fact, I got distracted and missed a walk prompt and kept running. To be fair, even after not running for so long, the running intervals in the beginning of the C25K feel very short to me after running for so many years. Not to mention I’m 19 pounds lighter. It can only get easier from here!
I ran the 5k (in a walk/run combo) on the treadmill and used my fitness tracker to submit my results. While I am getting faster, it still takes me about 54 minutes to hit the 5k mark. I’ve shaved about a minute off my time in the last month or so.
Now, my next race is the Super Mom 5k/10k on May 14 so I will be taking the next couple days off before I go back to running at least one mile a day. I don’t have any other goal in mind but to get these 5k races finished in under 45-50 minutes. Then maybe I’ll start registering for races where other people are around.